How To Survive A Gap Year: Finding A Job You Like Part 2

So now you’ve put out your resume, and you have a few interviews lined up, how are you supposed to deal with interviews? Keep reading, and you’ll do fine.

General Advice

  1. Dress the part for the job, what does the company expect? Appearances are key for a good first impression.
  2. Research! Have some prior knowledge about the company that you’re applying to and use it in the interview to your advantage.
  3. Practice answering common interview questions and scenarios. This will help you develop good answers and reduce your nerves going into the interview.
  4. Have questions, they go both ways in an interview. These can help you decide if you the job or not depending on the interviewer’s answers.
  5. Follow up afterwards with the person that interviewed you, ask for their contact information at the end of the interview.
  6. Arrive at least 10 minutes early, and please don’t be late at any cost.
  7. Bring a copy of everything you need: resume, cover letter, references, copy of identification if you get hired on the spot,
  8. Communicate clearly and use formal language.
  9. When in doubt, take a deep breath, relax, and be yourself.

The Phone Interview 

  1. Make sure they have the right contact information for you, and you’ll be nearby a phone with a signal when they call.
  2. Since the interviewer can’t see you, make sure your words and tone convey the message you want to get across.
  3. Make sure you’re somewhere quiet and avoid making excessive other noises (ex. shuffling papers, etc.) while on the phone.

Personally I find this one of the easiest types of interview because there’s a lot less pressure to make a good physical appearance impression. Instead, you can focus on what you want to say.

The Group Interview

  1. Make sure you interact in a friendly manner with everybody, including your competition. Practice good sportsmanship.
  2. Don’t take up all the talking space, but don’t avoid answering completely. Find the healthy middle.
  3. Try not to repeat the same thing as everybody else. Answering something different will help you stand out in the group setting.
  4. Take a moment alone with the interviewer alone at the end if you can to thank them for their time.

Group interviews are always stressful because of the factor of having not only the interviewer listen to your answers, but other people as well. Make sure to try to stand out in the group, so the interviewers remember you, but make sure it’s in a good way!

Solo Interview

In my opinion, this is the hardest interview to ace, because it’s all you with only an interviewer. But if you combine all the tips from the other categories and the general tips, you should be set for success!


I'm a recent graduate currently living in Calgary, Alberta. You can usually find me with a cup of coffee in one hand while reading a pile of books or planning my next big project. I'm curious about many things - including history, photography, and travelling. You can find me writing away at

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