Prepare to Win!


Interviewing for Provincial Government Opportunities:


Reason to Be Happy:

  • Your resume worked; your first step in the door.
  • The Hiring Manager wants to know more about you and your skills/experience relating to the role.
  • You have the required skills and experience now its time to sell yourself well.
  • Prepare Well To Win.


Interview!  Meeting With An Objective:

  • For the Organization, an Interview is a chance to.
    • Reviews candidate’s experience and abilities.
      • Can you do the job?  (skills, abilities, qualifications)
      • Will you do the job?  (interest, attitude & motivation)
    • Verifies the information obtained and Obtain additional information from the applicant.
    • Give the candidate necessary facts and information about the job and the organization.
    • Sell the organization and the job.
  • For you an Interview is the chance to sell yourself; Convince you are The One.


Type of Interview Questions:

  • Behavioral – candidate is asked to describe past performance and behavior in order to determine knowledge skills, and abilities e.g. Tell me about a time when you took initiative in improving a process without being asked to do so?
  • Situational – candidate is asked hypothetical type questions e.g What would you do if you were unable to meet a deadline?
  • Technical/knowledge/skill based – candidate asked to describe their skills e.g Tell me about your experience with JAVA script and what projects you delivered.
  • Resume based – candidate is asked to elaborate on or further describe something on the resume.


Specific to Government Interviews:

  • You will be asked for accommodation required.
  • Questions will are usually sent 15-30 mins prior to the interview to allow for preparation.
  • You can bring in notes.
  • Mostly behavioral/competency based interviews against LEADS capabilities.


Preparing for the Interview:

  • Research! Research! Research!
    • The organization/department; The job; The industry.
    • Talk to people you know who works there.
  • Know Yourself! Ask your self how what skills/ competencies you have for the role! 
  • Focus on the posting applied for and prepare yourself to demonstrate your experience/skills/competency.
  • Anticipate questions and identify relevant examples/answer using STAR.
  • If you know who the Panel members are look up their LinkedIn profile.
  • Ask for accommodation if needed.
  • If in-person physically check the place before interview.
  • For virtual interviews check all the connection and links.
  • Prepare questions.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!


Matching Skills to Requirements:

  • Consider how you can meet the employer needs:
    1. Communication – presentation to class.
    2. Team work – example from co-op.
    3. Leadership – class rep, committee work.
    4. Initiative – fundraising for charity.
    5. Customer care – working in retail industry.
    6. IT – designed website.
    7. Commercial Awareness – treasurer experience.


On the Day:

  • Arrive 10 mins early if in-person.
  • Log in 5 mins early if virtual to check connection and sound.
  • Make a positive first impressions.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Have a positive body language.
  • Focus on your entrance, introductions & handshake.
  • Smile and make eye contact (as appropriate).
  • Be interested and enthusiastic.
  • Leave positively: thank the interviewer.


Answering Questions:

  • listen carefully and answer the question fully.
  • seek clarification if necessary.
  • speak slowly and clearly.
  • have evidence to support claims.
  • describe positive outcomes.
  • Use STAR to answer, avoid Yes/No response.
    • Situation: describe the situation, problem, or issue that you encountered (10%).
    • Task: describe the tasks/responsibilities you took on to help solve the problem (10%).
    • Action: discuss the steps you took to affect a solution (70%).
    • Result: describe the outcome, if possible, with numbers/impact (10%).

Tips for Successful Interview:

  • Interviewing is a two-way process
  • Never give “yes” or “no” answers.
  • Listen carefully and react.
  • Use specific examples to make your case.
  • The interview begins the minute you step onto the company lot.
  • Think like an employer.
  • Don’t criticize past employers or co-workers.
  • Be aware of illegal questions.
  • Maintain professionalism, even if the employer does not.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Be well-groomed.
  • Be positive!
  • Come prepared with you own questions.