We asked employers – What is the most important thing to remember when preparing for an interview?

“Be prepared to directly relate your skills and experience to the job you’re interviewing for – research what the organization actually does and have a plan to present yourself as the best fit based on the activities of the employer and interviewer.” – Brenden Sommerhalder, Downtown Halifax Business Commission

“To the greatest extent you can, get to know the organization you are interviewing with, and the people interviewing you. Ask about who will be conducting interviews. Then research, research, research. And be ready to ask your interviewer a well thought out question or two. I’m always pleased when an interviewee asks me an interesting question. Not only might you learn something that could inform your employment decision-making, but it’s a great chance to convey your thoughtfulness.” – Gillian Batten, MSVU Public Affairs

“When preparing for an interview, think of possible questions that relate to the job requirements. Use the STAR technique when answering questions – state the situation you faced, the tasks you had to achieve, the actions you took, and the end results. Above all, be confident!”– Lori Selig, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“Take a little time the day before to review your experience, think about what you are going to be interviewing for and how what you have done translates into what you want to do. So many people don’t always look at their past work as relevant, but the transferable skills that a candidate has may surprise them. Don’t discount your experience, although possibly limited, it is there and if you show you have thought about it your enthusiasm will translate in the interview.” – Stephanie Sophocleous, Tekarra Lodge

“Be prepared to interview us too! An interview is your opportunity to explore if Harbinger is the right fit for you, just as much as it is about Harbinger deciding if you are the right candidate for us.”– Sara Cook, Harbinger

“Show your personality. Employers need to judge your fit with their team as much as your skills.Tell us what you want to get out of your co-op term. What skills do you want to improve? What experience are you looking to gain? Tell us why you picked us. Why do you want to work for us? And be real. Ask us questions. It shows us you’re interested and bright. You should be assessing us while we assess you. You have choices, too.”- David Rodenheiser, NS Power