Your Journey Part 2: Preparing for interviews

Interviewing can be a stressful process, but is also a rewarding opportunity to share your accomplishments and experiences. Take some time before your interview to reflect on your experiences and choose examples that demonstrate skills most relevant to the job description. Take some time before your interview to reflect on your experiences and choose examples that demonstrate skills most relevant to the job description; this will help you best illustrate why you should get the job. You may also want to think about what you’re comfortable sharing in an interview. For example, consider in advance whether sharing a particular experience might out you if you aren’t out already. By preparing before the interview, you will feel better equipped to draw on the experiences that help you feel more confident as a candidate.

Resources and supports like mock interview appointments at a career centre, interview techniques such as the STAR method, and tools like Big Interview can help you with general interview prep and articulating your skills

Pre- and post-interview tips

  • Research the company, hiring managers, and industry to gain a better understanding of who they are and what they care about.
  • Brainstorm potential interview questions by going through the job description and highlighting the main skills required and how you’ve performed those skills.
  • Don’t forget to practice! Practicing can help you feel confident with sharing how you choose to present yourself and your accomplishments in a tailored way.
  • Follow up after the interview and thank them for the opportunity. Try referring to something you spoke about in the interview that resonated.

 

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