Job Hunting for International Students 101 Part 7 – You made it to a face-to-face interview, now what?

Hello, welcome to the Job Hunting for International Students Series. I will give some tips on how you as a 4 year-degree seeker can secure a job after college.

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Part 7: Face to face interview


Wow, so you’ve made it this far! Congrats! It means they like you! Now although this doesn’t guarantee you a job, having made it this far should give you a level of confidence because you did something right. Its ok to feel good about it. What they want to do now is see if you are a good fit for the company, watch the way you behave and react to things and how well you do under pressure. Don’t worry, it will be great!


Some face to face interviews are more demanding than others. One thing to keep in mind is relax, and take as much time as you need before you answer. It’s perfectly ok to think about your answer before you say anything. They know that an unexpected question will certainly pop up and they are watching how you will react to it. Just keep your cool, essentially.


You want to look your sharpest, so whip out your best suit, board that plane/train and prepare using the interview prep series for a great day!


For a panel interview/one on one interview

  1. Follow all the steps for the phone interview. Keep your answers concise no filler words etc.
  2. Look at your interviewer. Dont put your hands under the table.
  3. If you are gesturing, keep your hands above the table. If you are not gesturing, keep your hands on the table, palms up. It shows you are friendly.
  4. When your interviewer is talking, its ok to lean in. It shows you are interested in what they are saying
  5. Relax relax relax. Just be yourself, keeping these few technical details in mind.
  6. Smile. A smile makes all the difference in the world.


For a lunch/dinner interview

  1. Same steps as above
  2. Order something similar to what your interviewer ordered. Do not order finger food, messy food.


For a presentation interview

If your  interview has a presentation involved, you might want to work on your presentation skills with your career counsellor.

  1. Use analogies and stories
  2. Ask ‘what if’ questions
  3. Use big pictures


Now, you MUST ask them questions, and you MUST follow up.

Remember to use the following up after an interview series to send out those handwritten that you notes! See the series here. 

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