The City of Markham understands that an interview process can sometimes be overwhelming for candidates. Below are some tips to interviewing success.
- Research – Read the job posting thoroughly and review the competencies required to perform the job duties. You will likely be asked questions about these areas.
- Anticipate tough questions. Prepare in advance so you can turn apparent weaknesses into strengths.
- Be prepared – Bring a copy of your resume and qualifications (first aid, HIGH FIVE® etc.)
- Arrive 15 minutes early. Late attendance is never excusable.
- Dress appropriately. Make your first impression a professional one.
During the Interview:
- Give your qualifications. Stress the accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
- Get the interviewer to describe the position and responsibilities early in the conversation so you can relate your skills and background to the position throughout the interview.
- Clarify questions. Be sure you answered the questions the employer really asked.
- Ask questions throughout the interview. An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation. Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview.
- Listen. This is probably the most important ability of all. By concentrating not only on the employer's words, but also on the tone of voice and body language, you will be able to pick up on the employer's style.
- Conduct yourself professionally. Be aware of what your body language is saying. Smile, make eye contact, don't slouch and maintain composure.
- Relax and stay calm.
- Show your interest.