First Major Job Interview in Canada…Get Prepared!
You heard of a great job and thought you would apply. Guess what? They now want to interview you next week. Congratulations! This is exciting and a big deal. Feeling nervous about interviewing for your first major job in Canada? Try to relax, take a deep breath, you are not alone and that is completely normal. Still nervous, right?
Here comes the hard part, most Canadian workplaces do not tell you what the questions will be ahead of time. How do you prepare?
To start, here are the 10 most popular job interview questions in Canada:
- Tell us about yourself?
- What do you know about us?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Tell us about a time you had a difficulty with a co-worker?
- Tell us about a time you had a difficulty with a customer?
- Why are you leaving your current position or previous position?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Do you have any questions for us?
Unsure how to answer these?
Well, for starters…remember the old saying “Think before you speak”? It definitely applies here. They ask you the question, you then pause and think for a second or two what are they really asking you?
Are they asking you about your work experience, your skills, do they want you to tell a story, do they want to know if you can commit fully to this job etc. This short pause to think will help ground you, once you analyze what are they really asking and just like a compass you will now know which direction to go in. Sounds silly but it works.
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