Skip to main content
OLC Logo

OLC Admin

SFU Staff
N/A
Co-operative Education
Simon Fraser University

empty
A guy with a suit
Here are some last minute tips that will ensure you make the best impression possible. 

You’ve done all you can do to prepare for that big interview. You’re professionally dressed, confident and ready to roll. Here are some last minute tips that will ensure you make the best impression possible. 

1. First Impressions Count 

This includes the receptionist and front desk staff. Be polite, friendly and use your manners. Negative feedback always gets back to the hiring manager.

2. Cheaters Never Prosper…and Neither do Liars.

Be honest. Statistics show that as many as 60% of applicants fabricate in their resume and/or during the job interview. Don’t be one of them. Conduct your entire job search with honesty and integrity. If we even suspect you may not be telling the truth we probably won’t give you the benefit of the doubt.

3. Relax….a Little

A bit of nervousness is good. It shows you really want the job. Too much and you won’t be able to clearly communicate your story.

4. It’s a 2 Way Street

This is your time to shine. Not only are you being interviewed for the job but you are also interviewing the company or organization. Listen closely to the questions; you’ll pick up clues related to the working environment. Ask intelligent questions that will help you determine if the job is the right fit for you.

5. Give Thanks 

Don’t forget to send a thank you follow up. It shows the recruiter you’re interested. Even if you don’t get the job you may be considered for future opportunities. Plus, most recruiters network so when a door closes a window may open.

  • OLC Admin Aug 12, 2012
    Like to recommend this item
    visibility  34

Author

OLC Logo

OLC Admin

SFU Staff
N/A
Co-operative Education
Simon Fraser University

You Might Like These... Interviews, Professional Development

Handshaking
To Shake or Not to Shake? “Sick Handshake” Etiquette

Going to an interview used to be so simple. What could be easier? Well, maybe a lot of things, but at least steps 1 through 4 were pretty straightforward. Right? I mean, what could possibly go wrong with introducing yourself and shaking hands?

Helen shaking hands with another person
Find Out About Informational Interviews

There was a time when I didn’t know what informational interviews were. Little did I know that I could contact people who had positions that sounded interesting and ask about what they did! Can you imagine how shocked I was when I found out, I wondered why would anyone want to help me?

David
Working For the Feds: An Interview with CIDA’s Executive Vice President, David Moloney

Read about David Moloney, the Executive Vice President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and someone who "“…can’t decide what he wants to do when he grows up,” as he shares with us his experience working in government.  

You Might Like These... Seeking

picture of lighting with the caption: lightning round tips
Tips for Co-op Lightning Round Success

While it is a stressful time in the semester with exams and final projects upcoming, it doesn’t need to be for Co-op students. A large number of students are placed during Lightning Round and it’s a great time to find out about positions you may not have previously considered.

Windows on Unsplash
Research Your Way to Winning the Job Interview Game

I’m sitting in front of an interview panel with six Environment Canada staff. The man in the suit at the centre of the panel asks me, “What are BC’s biggest environmental issues?” My mind is blank, yet six pairs of eyes are staring at me to say something. “Er,” I stumble, “it rains a lot?”

Handshaking
To Shake or Not to Shake? “Sick Handshake” Etiquette

Going to an interview used to be so simple. What could be easier? Well, maybe a lot of things, but at least steps 1 through 4 were pretty straightforward. Right? I mean, what could possibly go wrong with introducing yourself and shaking hands?