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Interview Ready

Interview Ready: Cultivating Self Presentation Under Pressure

Are you interviewing for a volunteer role? A summer job? A part-time job during your studies? A full-time job after graduation?

Interview Ready prepares you to be relaxed, focused, relevant and interesting. A workshop series that combines online and in-person training resources, Interview Ready promises to enhance your presentation skills and build your confidence for your next interview.

Do you have only a little time and need just-in time resources? Interview Ready includes an online workshop that you can watch at your convenience. Watch it from beginning to end, or skip to the section that you think will be most helpful to you.

At the same time, download the worksheets to help you assess your readiness and focus your preparation. You can also view the YouTube videos that we’ve curated for you. We think they provide helpful models of what good answers look like as well as helpful tips from employers.


Interview Modules

Interview Ready Youtube
Interview Ready Introduction

interview Ready Learning Outcomes Youtube
Interview Ready Learning Outcomes
General Goals Youtube
General Goals
Process & Preparation Youtube
Process & Preparation
Before the Interview Youtube
Before the Interview
During the Interview Youtube
During the Interview
After the Interview Youtube
After the Interview
Nervous Thoughts Most of Us Have During an Interview Youtube
Nervous Thoughts Most of Us Have During an Interview
 Six Ingredients to Manage Confidence Youtube
BOSSES: Six Ingredients to Manage Confidence
 A Visualization to Build Interview Confidence Youtube
Cultivate Presence: A Visualization to Build Interview Confidence
Integrity & Honesty Youtube
Integrity & Honesty
Interview Ready Conclusion Youtube
Interview Ready Conclusion
Interview Ready Downloadable Worksheets 

Selected Videos

Answering Common Interview Questions

Good Interview Answer to "Tell me about yourself" YouTube Top Pick
Duration: (5:10)
This video describes very clearly what an interviewer is looking for when they ask this question and provides great tips on how to handle what is commonly one of the first and toughest questions in an interview.

Example of a Behavioural Question
Duration: (2:05)

You can always recognize the behavioral question, as it always asks for an example. This home-made animation provides a humorous perspective on how to deliver a great STAR answer "Situation, Task, Action, Result" in which the interviewer is so frustrated with the candidate, he asks her to start again! Her re-take is awesome!

How to Answer Behaviour Based Interview Questions
Duration: (6:19)
Understand why employers ask these questions and what they look for generally. Video also includes a good example of a STAR answer – honest, good story, well presented – and summarizes what was good about it in relation to using the STAR technique.
Shine at a Bain Interview
Duration: (40:34)
Great video that assesses three candidates on how to answer a few tough case questions that get asked in consulting interviews. Bain is one of the top international strategic management consulting firms, so their perspective is a worthy one to consider!
25 Strange And Amusing Interview Questions You Should Be Ready For
Duration: (3:19)
Here are 25 real interview questions, asked by well known employers, to test candidate's creativity, judgement, analytical skills and ability to tolerate stress. These are great examples of odd-ball questions. Although you won’t get them in all interviews, occasionally you’ll get one – so don’t be thrown off!

Common Interview Mistakes

Common interview mistakes from the perspective of employers are summarized in these two short clips.
Interview Mistakes 1: (1:02)
Interview Mistakes 2: (1:02)


The two videos below list from the perspective of employers questions you should not ask as well as those you can ask.
Interview Questions – Dos and Don’ts 1 (1:10)
Interview Questions – Dos and Don’ts 2 (1:09)

Coping with Common Interview Nerves

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are | Amy Cuddy | TED Talks 
Duration: (40:34)
This great 20-minute Ted Talk looks at the neuroscience of body language. Though interviewing brings on nerves, there are some concrete techniques we can use to conquer our nerves and make a more confident presentation. Her motto, a more enduring one in contrast to "fake it until you make it," is "fake it until you become it."

Body Language Expert Mark Bowden at TEDxToronto - The Importance Of Being Inauthentic 
Duration: (20:50)
User: Mark Bowden - Added: 10/27/13
This humorous Ted Talk dismantles the notion that we should strive for authenticity, especially if authenticity means that we close ourselves off from getting to know others. In a round-about way, Bowden reinforces the importance of “faking” relationship techniques, especially if these will enable us to create a spirit of trust, openness and friendliness.
Job Interview Body Language 
Duration: (11:13)
User: - Added: 7/22/11
This video on body language focuses less on the science and more on the practicalities of managing your body language specifically for an interview.
90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress 
Duration: (11:01)
User: DocMikeEvans - Added: 6/9/12
What's more stressful than an interview? Not many things. Make this 11-minute investment to hear U of T's own Dr. Mike Evans discuss our body under stress and tell us what research science suggests we can do to manage our stress.