The Interview Process

Receiving an invitation to attend an interview is one of the most exciting­ elements of the Arts & Science Co-op Program. Here are some guidelines to adhere to in the interview process:

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How will I know if I have an interview request?

You receive updates on the status of job applications via CSM. If a job you have applied for is interviewing, you will see this on CSM.  When an employer has invited you to an interview, you'll receive a notification through CSM. Log in there to sign up for a date and time. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the times or dates available are not able to fit with your schedule due to a direct conflict with a class or exam, please notify the Operations Team as soon as possible. We will contact the employer to inquire about alternate dates. To help with this, please provide your availability so that we can investigate the possibility of rescheduling the interview. If you are unsure who to contact, please email askcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca. 

Signing up for interviews

Professional etiquette - both inside and outside the Co-op Office - dictates that you should keep your commitments. In the co-op context, this means attending all scheduled interviews until you have accepted an offer of employment.

Our expectation is that you attend all interviews that you're invited to. That being said, if you're experiencing challenges meeting your interview requests, consult with your Work Term Engagement Coordinator for alternate plans or next steps.

Remember: As a U of T Co-op student, you’re an ambassador of both the program and of the University. As such, our employers expect the utmost in responsibility and professionalism from you. Missing an interview not only jeopardizes your reputation, but also puts the co-op program and the University in a poor light.

As a result, if you miss an interview without prior notice, you may lose access to the CSM job board or be withdrawn from the co-op program

Request to withdraw your candidacy for a job after an interview

In particular circumstances, it may be possible to withdraw your candidacy for a position after you have completed the interview. These types of requests are evaluated on an individual basis.

Here are a few examples of when the request would be approved:

  • if the role described in the interview is significantly different than the job description
  • if additional requirements are outlined during the interview that you don’t meet (for example, access to a vehicle, significant location change, etc.)

If, after having been interviewed, you no longer wish to be considered for a position, contact your Work Term Engagement Coordinator within 24 hours to discuss the situation. Withdrawing your candidacy can only take place 24-48 hours after the interview. 

What to do If you are contacted by an employer directly

While employers post their jobs through the co-op office, they may choose to contact you directly to schedule interviews or make offers.  When they do, please keep the Co-op office updated so that we can keep your records up to date and help you through the process.  You can email askcoop@utsc.utoronto.ca.

If you are contacted by a potential employer directly with an interview request, please:

  1. Schedule the interview with the employer
  2. Provide the Co-op Office with the interview details. Please let us know which job interview is for, the date, time, location and format of interview (phone, in-person, skype etc.)

If you are contacted with a job offer, please either:

  1. Confirm the offer details and if you have no concerns about accepting the offer, happily accept OR
  2. Thank the employer and inform them you will need to consult with your co-op coordinator before making a decision

Either way, please don't delay to inform your Work Term Engagement Coordinator of the details.

If you are contacted for an interview or an offer for a position that was found outside of the co-op job search process, there are some additional steps that need to take place to verify and approve the role as a suitable co-op work term and learning opportunity.

To do this, please provide your Work Term Coordinator with the following items:

  • job offer
  • job posting
  • why you want to have this position as your work term

This information will be reviewed for approval.