Career Professionals of Canada News Feed

Interview Practice: A Perfect Summer Activity

July 31, 2020 |
You Got This sign encouraging interview success

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to supplement your client’s résumé package with interview role-play sessions. Interview practice now will position your client to secure a rewarding role in the fall. While there are different styles of interviewing, behavioural or situational interviews are quite common. They are actually designed to elicit clear, detailed, and specific responses to questions about what action the candidate would take, or how they would react, in a specific scenario. Hiring managers make decisions based on predefined performance indicators, which often demonstrate the…

Coach for a Confident Interview: Here’s How

July 29, 2020 |
Online virtual job interview

The interview is not well understood. Few job seekers, in my opinion, realize that they can enhance their interview skills and boost their confidence without joining Toastmasters. That level of accomplished public speaking is beyond most of us. Besides, it does not reflect the interview at all, which is a conversation, not a speech, and is best fluid, rather than composed and memorized. The good news is that clients can be coached to participate as an equal and enjoy a confident interview. After achieving CPC’s Certified Interview Strategist (CIS) designation…

Informational Interviews: A Valuable Networking Tool for Career Transitions

July 24, 2020 |
Two young men conducting informational interview on laptop

When a client starts experiencing increasingly demanding employer expectations, the decision to leave may seem like a rational choice. A career change can fuel one’s passion, maintain work-life balance, and enable a client to get off the beaten path. But wait! A quick move may not prove to be the best option. Remind your client to consider the importance of conducting critical research prior to a major career change — starting with an informational interview. These interviews have been around for a long time and have evolved over the years. The…

Helping Clients Handle Inappropriate Interview Questions

May 15, 2020 |
Interview Questions

The interview is going along smoothly and your client is feeling confident. Suddenly, he is caught off guard by a blatantly offensive, discriminatory, or illegal question. He is being asked to disclose information that has no relevance whatsoever to the position for which he is applying. Somehow, your client must display professionalism in dealing with this “inappropriate question” in the best manner possible. Many job applicants have learned that in an interview scenario, the key to success is to address every question with a full response that accurately addresses the interviewer’s…

Ghosting During a Job Search: How to Help Clients

February 14, 2020 |
Job Search Ghosting

It happens to many. You reach out to someone and you are awaiting a response. The response doesn’t come and suddenly you realize that your email has gone into cyberspace. This is often due to a common phenomenon — ghosting. Ghosting happens when someone ends a relationship without communicating officially that it’s over. And, this doesn’t just happen in personal or social networking circles. Ghosting can leave jobseekers feeling frustrated and lacking closure. It can derail confidence in the job search and leave them mystified about their career path. Research commissioned…

The Art of Cracking the Interview: A Job Seeker’s Story

November 8, 2019 |

By Amit Kalra, Guest Contributor. Until a few months back, the behavioural interview process had proved to be the Achilles’ heel in my professional journey. Being an immigrant to Canada, and new to the process of job hunting in North America, I couldn’t manage to figure out exactly what the hiring managers wanted from me. I had been rigorously applying to positions and I was getting invitations to interviews, but ultimately, I wasn’t chosen as the successful candidate. Failure after failure to crack the secret of the interview process had…