Skip to main content
SFU Co-op Coordinator

Facebook logo
This advice comes from employers that have hired SFU students before so they are sharing their insights based on their recent experiences.

I’m preparing to present an interview workshop tomorrow 30 co-op students. So, of course, I’m procrastinating on Facebook. Thinking it might be a good idea to get some fresh perspectives from some of my Facebook friends who also happen to hire students, I post a status asking them for advice. Surprisingly, I get 19 immediate responses, mostly having to do with interview prepping. Their advice is so honest and helpful, I have to share it:

1. “Make sure to do research on the company before you get to the interview!”

– Angela Wilson, Communication Consultant, Fraser Health Authority

2. “Definitely practice is key and practice out loud, not in your head, it is just not the same. It is so perfect when you only think of the answer in your head. Practice will have the message flow out naturally.”

- Khairunnisa Ali, IT Co-op Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

3. “Lululemon a dress pant does not make.” In other words, dress appropriately (business attire) for your interview."

– Liz Hilliard, Campus Life Coordinator, UBC Okanagan

4. “Don't over-do it on the scents. Go easy on perfume, cologne and scented deodorant.”

- Allison Lambert Communication & Marketing Coordinator, Residence & Housing, SFU

5. “Confidence is key, and research and mock interviews build confidence.”

– Andrew Drinkwater, Coordinator, Recruitment, Retention, Advising, FCAT, SFU

6. “Ask references in advance for permission and prep them with JD's, and key things to focus on!”

– John Grant, Manager, Alumni Relations, SFU

7. "No slippery handshakes!” In other words, wipe off your hands before shaking hands.

– Candy Ho, Manager, SFU Student Life 

8. “Bring paper and a pen to jot notes when being asked a complicated question and ask for clarification if needed. It is OK to have a pause between question and answer.”

- Allison Lambert, Communication & Marketing Coordinator, Residence & Housing, SFU

9.  “Avoid going on long tangents. Get to the point and stop.”

– Andrew Drinkwater, Acting Manager, SIAT, SFU

10. And last but not least, don’t forget, “thank you emails to interviewers!”

– Liz Hilliard, Campus Life Coordinator, UBC Okanagan

This advice comes from employers that have hired SFU students before so they are sharing their insights based on their recent experiences. Many of them have chosen careers that involve helping students as well, so they have a vested interest in seeing you succeed as well. So, next time you have an interview to prepare for, remember these tips, as they'll set you apart and hopefully ahead of your fellow student competition!

SFU Co-op Coordinator

You Might Like These... Interviews, Professional Development

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?

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.

Thank you letter
The Secret to Landing the Job: Post-Interview Thank-You Letters

When you are looking for a job, sometimes a cover letter, resume, and interview are not enough.  Sending a thank you letter to your interviewer might just make or break your chances of getting the position.

a man talking on the phone
Top Tips for Pre-Screen Interview Success

So you applied for a co-op, internship or full-time position and the organization wants to schedule a pre-screen interview with you. Are you scratching your head and wondering what a pre-screen interview is and how you can prepare for it? Here are some must-know tips and questions that can increase your chance of moving on to the next round of the selection process!