Interview Tips

General Pre-interview

  • Do some background research & gather information about the organization.
  • Know the first and the last name of the person(s) who will be conducting the interview.
  • Know exactly where the interview will take place and how long it will take to get there. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Don't be late!
  • Clear your schedule so that you don't have to limit time for the interview.
  • Decide at least the night before what to wear to the interview. Aim to look professional and well groomed.
  • Get a good night's sleep before the interview.

Preparation

  • Prepare some answers to common interview questions
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer
  • Bring a copy of your résumé, a list of three references
  • A paper and pen, for notes.
  • Make an appointment for a mock interview at Career Development
  • Conduct an information interview with someone in a similar field 

The interview

  • Greet the interviewer with a smile and firmly shake his/her hand. Sit where indicated to do so.
  • Maintain positive body language e.g. maintain eye contact and don't slouch or cross your arms.
  • Be yourself! Don't use words that you don't understand or pretend to be something you are not.
  • Stay on topic and ask for clarification where necessary and when appropriate.
  • Answer each question clearly. Use specific examples rather than general statements when providing information about education, skills, and work experience.
  • Ask questions from your prepared list that may have not already been answered.
  • Confirm, if already noted, their response date.
  • Shake hands and express your thanks for the interview before leaving.

Follow-up

  • Immediately after the interview, write down your thoughts on what types of questions you were asked and how you responded. Keep these notes as a guide for future interviews.
  • Send a brief Follow-up/Thank-you letter 24-48 hours after the interview.

Acing your Interview

Common Interview Questions


If you're looking to practice applying these tips, students can book an Employment Mock Interview with a Career Advisor.  In addition, students can participate in a mock interview with staff from Memorial University's Human Resources every second Wednesday from 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

To book a mock interview with a career advisor:

Undergraduate students
Book an appointment with a career advisor through Guide, a free mobile app that connects undergraduate students to the online and in-person resources they need to get things done at university. Download Guide now.

Graduate students
Book an appointment with a career advisor using MyMUNLife. Steps to book are as follows:

1) Login at my.mun.ca
2) Click "Students" at top
3) Under "Student Services" (on the right), click "Launch"
4) Click "My MUNLife"
5) Click "Career"
6) Click “Career Development Appointments”
7) Click “Book a Career Development appointment”

To book a mock interview with staff from Memorial University's Human Resources:

1) Login at my.mun.ca
2) Click "Students" at top
3) Under "Student Services" (on the right), click "Launch"
4) Click "My MUNLife"
5) Click "Career"
6) Click “Career Development Appointments”
7) Click “Book a Career Development appointment”

Contact

Student Life

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000