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Interviews are a critical factor in the job search process. Review the interview skills module in CareerHub to learn best practices for successful interviews.
Once you have applied to jobs in WaterlooWorks, you are committed to all interviews you receive.
Important: you are required to attend all scheduled interviews, regardless of their status 'Confirmed' or 'Unconfirmed'. Review the help documentation for more detail.
You are expected to conduct yourself professionally and with integrity in all interviews.
The following are the only reason for which you may be exempted from interviews:
We need to know you showed up for the interview. If you do not check in when your name appears or is called, CECA staff can't account for your attendance. Your name will be added to the "Missed Interview" list and you will be contacted with instructions.
Phone and video interviews normally take place on-campus in TC at one of our three call centres. Make note of the time and the room number.
If you have an interview conflict (i.e., more than one interview is scheduled for you at the same time, or if you have a conflict with a class or exam), try to switch time slots with another candidate:
If you have more than one group interview scheduled at the same time, attend the one you’re more interested in.
If possible, let the interviewer of the other group interview know before their session begins that, due to a conflict, you can’t attend their group session, but you’ll be attending the individual interview later.
If you’re unable to inform the other employer, use the 'Send a Message' button in WaterlooWorks to send an interview conflict message.
If you are currently on a work term or on an exchange study term and plan to participate in interviews this term you must complete all of the following steps:
Note that you are required to indicate in your cover letter that you are currently off campus and therefore not available to interview in-person.
Once interviews have begun, you cannot be removed from the interview process and are required to attend all interviews. Note that all interviews and deadlines are in Waterloo time (Eastern Standard Time). Please organize your schedule accordingly.
In order to have access and apply to jobs you MUST submit a ‘Support requirements this term’ form. On the form you will indicate whether or not you plan to be on campus for in-person interviews.
The contact information in your ‘Support requirements this term’ form will be used for all scheduled interviews.
When you are selected for an interview:
Once a job match appears for you in WaterlooWorks, don’t attend any additional interviews (including those on the same day as your job match).
Where possible, alternate candidates will be contacted to take your place. Co-operative Education staff will inform interviewers that you are no longer available.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) publishes a chart that illustrates the type of questions that are appropriate for interviews.
The following categories have restrictions:
Although it’s the responsibility of the interviewer to know the law, they may not be aware. Be informed about your rights. For more information, contact the OHRC.
Your attendance and professional participation in all interviews is required. We recognize that our student population is located on different campuses; therefore, every effort is made to bring employers to the most appropriate on-campus location(s) for you. We also recognize that some employers may choose, or be required, to conduct their interviews away from campus.
Some employers will know in advance and will state the location of their interviews in their job descriptions. You are required to attend any
off-campus interviews where this has occurred. For other employers,
last-minute circumstances may cause a change to the location of their interviews due to space constraints at the Tatham Centre. In the event that you are unable to attend a scheduled interview in a location away from campus (and the location was not clearly indicated in the job description), use the 'Send a Message' button in WaterlooWorks to send an interview conflict message as soon as possible to explain why you are unable to attend your scheduled interview. Where possible, staff in CECA will work with you and the employer to make alternate arrangements.
Note: In the case of a conflict between attending same-day interviews both on- and off-campus, scheduled on-campus interviews take priority over off-campus interviews. North campus buildings (ex. RAC) are considered to be on-campus.
You’re required to attend all interviews granted to you through WaterlooWorks, with some exceptions as mentioned above in the off-campus interview section. without taking the steps listed under 'Interview Conflicts' above, the following consequence may take place:
Employers take the time to travel to Waterloo to interview students. Missing interviews is unprofessional and deprives other students of interviews. It may also jeopardize the availability of future work term positions.
If unique circumstances require your absence at any time during the interview cycles, you should send a message to your advisor using WaterlooWorks or call (519)888-4026. After missing an interview, you will be notified by email.
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