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Interview tips and protocol

 

  • Visit The City of Calgary careers website, Help in Applying/FAQ, and “Prepare for an Interview (e-learning)” module.
  • Print off and review the posting prior to the interview.
  • Be prepared to talk about your work experience.
  • Rehearse your examples as though you are telling a story before the interview.
  • You may want to provide a professional portfolio with examples of your past work and credentials.
  • Be prepared to provide three professional references.
  • Being well dressed and well groomed is important for first impressions.
  • Try your best to be five to ten minutes early. • Shake hands firmly only if you are comfortable doing so.
  • Practice eye contact; remember to breathe; most of all…relax. • Get comfortable – consider your body language.
  • Take notes/names of the interview panel.
  • Share your examples as though you are telling a story.
  • Use “I” rather than “we”, “us”, “they” or “our”. After all, the interview is about you.
  • If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer to repeat/clarify.
  • Listen carefully and make sure you answer the question. • Smile occasionally.
  • Accomplishment statements, which describe results, achievements, and successes from your past, make a good impact.
  • If you do not have a work related answer, consider sharing an example from any volunteer or school experience.
  • Remember, this is your opportunity to shine and make a good first impressions.
  • If you have a disability, we understand that disclosure to a potential employer is an important and complex decision, and it is entirely yours to make. The City of Calgary supports a diverse workforce and we encourage you to share with us any accommodation that you may need for an interview and in order to do your job.