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Professionalism in a Canadian Interview

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: July 27, 2021 Category: Blog

You have done well to prepare for your upcoming interview. In fact, you have already done your research and planned your clothing. However, are you prepared to interact with the interviewer? Interviewers not only evaluate your skills and qualifications but also notice your personality and characteristics. Presenting yourself with the proper professionalism and etiquette will go a long way to demonstrating your fit in the Canadian workforce.

Continue reading to learn about what to consider at your next job interview.

It’s Not Just Your Responses

Interviewers will be evaluating your fit with their company based on how you respond to their questions. Beyond that, interviewers are evaluating your personality and soft skills to determine if you will be a good fit for their team. For example, they will also consider your level of preparation, confidence, personality, physical appearance and clothing.

Having the right body language goes a long way in displaying your confidence. Sit up straight and try to keep your hands visible at all times. Maintain a comfortable amount of eye contact with the interviewer(s), or stare into the webcam if interviewing online. Lastly, remember to smile!

Carrying yourself in a professional and friendly manner is a great way to establish a good rapport with your potential employer. If you are interviewing in-person, assume that the evaluation begins from the moment you step into the office. Be friendly and approachable to everyone – not just the interviewer – because they may be your potential co-workers if you succeed.

Professionalism and Etiquette

There are a few things you can do during the interview in order to appear more professional for the Canadian workforce. Make a mental note of how you interact with the interviewer and consider the following:

  • Avoid interrupting the interviewer and let them finish asking the question before you respond.
  • Provide clear and concise responses and avoid going off on tangents that may not be relevant.
  • Speak loudly, clearly, with a good pace, and remember to breathe.
  • It’s okay to take time and think about how to respond to a question.
  • It’s okay to ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.

Ending on a professional note

At the end of the interview, you will usually have a chance to ask the interviewers some questions. Ask a few relevant questions to show that you are interested in the job. Before you leave the interview, thank each interviewer by their name and shake their hands if you are in-person. And of course, smile and stay positive!

Ask for a business card or confirm their email address if you haven’t established a method of communication. It is common practice to send a follow-up email within 24 hours to thank the interviewer. If you have not heard a decision after a week, feel free to inquire about the status of your application. If you are unsuccessful, it is generally acceptable to ask employers for feedback on how you can become a stronger candidate in the future.

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