Preparing for an Interview

So you’ve been called back for an interview—great! You’ve passed the first test, and there’s something about you that the company you applied to likes. To go into the interview at your best, here’s my advice for interview prep.

1. Use McGill’s resources.

If you go to McGill, you’re lucky enough to have access to amazing resources about interview prep and career planning in general. Whether it’s through CaPS interview guides, career advisors, or your faculty-specific career services center, you can access useful information about the do’s and don’t’s of interviews. Before attending interviews for recruitment season, I read up on interview strategies, met my accounting advisor, and attended interview prep help by my faculty’s accounting society.

2. Do you research.

Whatever the position, you need to enter the interview with a strong knowledge of the industry, company, and position you hope to enter. Not only will this help you reply to questions with answers that are specific to your situation, but you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re going into. If you know the person interviewing you, research them (either on LinkedIn or the company website) so that you can ask them tailored questions about their experience.

3. Know your resume and yourself well.

Go into the interview with a strong knowledge of your experiences and how they contribute to you being the perfect candidate. No matter your work experience, you learned something from each position—be able to talk about each one in detail. What were the challenges? Have specific examples from each notable experience you’ve had and how you dealt with conflict/pressure/leadership or any other characteristic deemed important for the position. Knowing yourself is the first step towards convincing someone you’re right for the job. Moreover, understand why you’re there. What makes you want to work in that position or with that company?

Here are some tips I learned after a successful job interview

  • The best interviews are conversational. Be prepared for the interview, but not rehearsed. You want to convince your interviewer that you’re quick on your feet and great to work with.
  • Ask questions you actually want the answers to.
  • Smile, watch your posture, and think before you speak.

Good luck!

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