How is a typical job interview conducted?

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If you are looking for your first job or if it is your first time to be invited to a job interview in Canada, these videos are for you. They will provide you with a sneak peek of how job interviews are conducted so that you’ll know what to expect and get a good idea of how you should conduct yourself:

This series of videos from Rachel’s will show you how to prepare for a job interview. It features the usual questions asked in an interview and the ways you can answer them:

This mock interview practice video from Cerner Corporation shows the good candidate (John) and the “not so good” interviewee (Carol). This interview is for an internship but is also applicable for any other job interview:

Instead of a one-on-one interview, you may be invited to a panel interview. Some companies prefer this type because it allows more company representatives to evaluate candidates and then reach a consensus. It can also save the company time because only one meeting is set instead of several. A panel interview involves two to five (sometimes more) key personnel who would be asking you questions. It is commonly done in the academic field, government agencies, and when interviewing for senior positions across various industries. The following video from Interview Success provides great tips for dealing with a room full of interviewers:

This last video summarizes the five essential points to ace an interview. It also provides insight on some of the other types of interviews a job hunter may encounter depending on his/her field. It features Harvard Career Advisor Linda Spencer of the Harvard Extension School:

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