Interview Tips

General Resume Tips

Your resume is your calling card - your opportunity to make a favourable first impression. It is a summary of your skills, accomplishments and experience pertaining to your career objective. Here are a few tips to assist in showcasing your attributes.

Content

  • Organize information in a logical fashion.
  • Tailor your information to the job and the Authority.
  • Keep descriptions clear, concise and to the point.
  • Be specific and sell your accomplishments using power words and action verbs.
  • Choose the key points and details that really sell your skills.
  • Be accurate. If you are selected for a role, the Authority will conduct data verification of all information presented on your resume.
  • Include your address, an email address and the telephone number(s) where you can be reached during business hours.

Appearance

  • Use a simple, easy to read font, such as Arial, Times, or Verdana.
  • Pay careful attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar and style.
  • Keep your resume to a maximum of two pages, plus a cover letter.

Interview Tips

A job interview provides both the Authority and the candidate an opportunity to gather more information. For the candidate, an interview can be a stressful experience. But, be reassured that the hiring team already considers your skills and experience to be a good match for the position. This is your chance to shine and to highlight your knowledge and skills. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and to get a first hand feel for the Authority and our team.

At the Authority, interviews are conducted by a panel or team of interviewers and we use behavioral interview questions. For these questions, you will be asked to think of a specific situation that has happened to you in the past. Frame your answer in three steps: describe the situation; describe how you handled it; and explain the outcome or what you learned from the situation. Pull examples from previous jobs, internships, activities, team involvements and community services. Provide as much detail as possible in your response - your goal is to create a vivid picture.

Preparation

  • Research the Authority and the related department.
  • Review the job description.
  • Come prepared to discuss your skills and experience as they relate to the position.
  • Prepare questions that you would like to ask.
  • Bring to the interview samples of your work.

The Interview

  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer (s).
  • Smile and take a deep breath.
  • When asked a question, listen carefully. Ask for clarification if necessary.