- Plan your career
- Discover who I am
- Learn about your personality, interests, values, skills, and abilities; start to define your career goals; and begin to shortlist your options
- Explore my options
- Learn how to conduct occupational research, options for studying and working, and trends in the world of work
- Choose my direction
- Learn how to evaluate your options, make a decision, and take action
- Achieve my goals
- Learn how to define and reach your goals through goal setting exercises, work and volunteer opportunities, extracurricular involvement, networking, and professional development activities.
- Join the workforce
- Learn how to write a resume, develop your interview skills, network like a pro, and find the hidden (and not-so-hidden) job market
- Continue to develop
- Learn about re-careering, relocating, leaving a job, losing a job, and professional development
- Home page
- Go to the Plan My Career home page
The interview is the single most important step in the job search process, therefore, thorough preparation is essential. The purpose of the job interview is to determine whether you are right for the job and whether the job is right for you. The interview also provides you with an opportunity to ask questions about the organization/company and the position.
Your ability to answer questions with relevant detail and in a conversational manner is key in an interview. Often it is the person most skilled at interviewing, not the most qualified person, who gets the job. The interview is your opportunity to shine, to sell your strengths and to present yourself as a unique candidate for the position. Your role in an interview is to leave a clear and convincing impression of who you are, what you can do to contribute to the organization/company, and why you should be hired for the position instead of another candidate. The interviewer’s role is to determine whether you have the skills, knowledge and personality needed to be an effective member of the organization/company.