I always get a little anxious when I know that I have a job interview in the near future. It is a real mixture of emotions from excited to scared. When I first came to Canada I was in a real hurry to get a job, so once I landed as a permanent resident every interview was of the utmost importance.
Preparing for your first Canadian job interview
The moment that you hear that you have a job interview you should start to do some research on the company. This can be everything from learning all you can about the company’s history to getting a clear idea of exactly what it is that the company does and what your role will be.
You should give the job descriptions another read through to make sure that you have fully understood the requirements so that you can prepare some talking points for the Canadian job interview. A great idea is to think about times in the past when you have had to use the skills they are asking for so that you have an example of when you did a similar job in the past. If you find that you need to get your credentials assessed or improve your English skills then the Canadian government has you covered here.
LinkedIn can be a great resource for learning about the company. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile you should get started on one right away. Many employers will use it as a way to do research on applicants. Get our free 12 Tips For LinkedIn ebook that will tell you everything that you need to know about setting up a profile the right way.
Deciding what to wear for the interview is also very important. You should make sure that your Canadian job interview outfit is clean and ironed. You should try to get a sense of how formal you should be, if in doubt go a little too formal just to make sure that you put your best foot forward.
You should also take great care of your personal grooming. You should go easy on the perfume or cologne as you want the impression that you leave to be about your qualifications and experience and you should try to avoid distracting the interviewer with anything else.
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At the interview
The number one rule I always follow for every Canadian job interview is to smile and be polite to everyone from the moment you walk into the building right up until you are out the door and around the corner. It is not uncommon for an interviewer to ask the receptionist what their impression of you was, so make sure you are respectful.
Your cell phone should be turned off and never out of your pocket. There is no need to check Facebook or Instagram as you are waiting for the Canadian job interview to start. You need to be focused and ready to show off your skills.
Eye contact is very important, you should take some time to practice this so that you are very comfortable with it. Make sure that you bring a copy of your resume along with you too.
After the interview
You can follow up with a thank-you email and even include a summary of the things that you talked about. This is a great tactic that shows you have a high level of interest in the position and serves as a good way to stay in their minds.
Know what is required in your field
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