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Interviews and Portfolios

Preparing for an interview

When an employer asks you to come for an interview, they've probably decided that you (and the other people they're interviewing!) could do the job. Interviews allow the employer to decide who will do it best and fit in best to the work environment.

Unlike a resume, an interview is interactive. There are several styles of interviews and many common types of questions associated with each. The better prepared you are, the better you'll handle yourself. Don't just think you can walk in and hope for the best. Take charge and be prepared for the interview process.

An interview is your chance to differentiate yourself (ideally in a positive way) from the other candidates. This happens as a result of research, practice and preparation. In addition, a well constructed portfolio can help ensure your positive attributes shine through.

How can the Career Centre help?

Meet with an experienced Employment Consultant who can help you make a plan to prepare for interviews or even do a few mock interview questions with you. Plan ahead so you're not coming in the day before the interview. Bring along your resume and a copy of the job posting. The Career Centre also has reference books with interview strategies and sample questions.

Additional resources:

  • Optimal Resume is the newest resource in our ongoing assistance to Sheridan students and alumni. It's a toolbox of resources, including modules that explore preparing resumes, developing portfolios, and practicing interview techniques, to name a few. Create an account today using your Sheridan email address and access these resources whenever you need them. 
  • Check out many useful online resources.

Frequently asked questions about interviews

How should I prepare for an interview?

  • Examine the job posting carefully and pay particular attention to action words and responsibilities which imply certain types of questions.
  • Be prepared to give examples of how you have demonstrated each and every skill and responsibility in a job posting.
  • You need to know yourself, know your employer, then practice.
  • You need to be familiar with what is on your resume, what your selling points are, and be prepared to back them up with examples.
  • You need to understand your employer's business so that you are better prepared to make the case for how you can meet their needs.

What do employers ask in an interview?

They may ask almost anything, but typically their questions will be ones that allow them to assess how competent you are to do the work and how well you'll fit in with your co-workers and their corporate structure.