Jobs at the City

Interview tips

  • Research the position, the organization, the division’s values and business plan. Check

    the Internet, relevant bylaws, organizational charts, etc.

  • When City staff contact you for an interview, ensure you obtain details about the position, location and the duration (if temporary assignment).

  • Ask for the contact person name and phone number in case of an emergency.

  • Advise the contact person if you are a person with a disability and need any special accommodations to participate in the interview.

  • Be on time for the interview. Try to arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork.

  • Bring reference names and phone numbers.

  • You will be advised whether you have to take a test immediately before or after the interview.

  • Interviews are usually conducted by more than one person (a panel).

  • Each panel member takes turns asking very specific job related and behavioural based questions.

  • Answers should be specific, detailed, thoughtful, succinct and well delivered.

  • Panel members will be taking notes during the interview.

  • You can ask for a question to be repeated or to come back to a question later.

  • If a pen and paper are provided, you have the option to briefly note down your thoughts before responding to the question.

  • At the end of the interview, ask questions, make additional comments or enquire when you will be notified of the interview results.

  • Thank the panel members for the opportunity.

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