So, you're looking for a job? Are you ready for the interview process?
 
Careers Under Construction (CUC) in Fort Saskatchewan sees upwards of 40 jobseekers every day. Their mandate is simple, to help locals find work. While cover letters and resumes are important, a well-done interview can solidify your position.
 
Before stepping into the opening conversation it's important to do your research on the company and industry.
 
"That is usually one of the first questions. And if you don't know, the interview could be over quick," said CUC program director Tanya Shewchuk.
 
When interviewing, be confident but not cocky. Listen, clarify your selling points, don't talk too much and ask questions. It's generally a good idea to line up some questions beforehand and practice.
 
"You want to make that good first impression."
 
Maybe the most important aspect of an interview is looking good. Be clean, tidy and look sharp. Depending on the job, a full suit is not a bad idea. If it's something in the labour industry, a nice pair of jeans and a polo can go a long way.
 
"It's going to make or break you. If I'm looking at you and you have a big stain on your shirt that's the first thing I'm thinking about you."
 
Make sure shirts are ironed and presentable. Too much cologne or perfume can also be a deal breaker.
 
For women, Shewchuk suggests making sure your nails are done and you're not wearing too much makeup.
 
"An interviewer is looking for all the details. If you look good, you feel good," added Shewchuk.
 
Other tips include bringing a resume to every interview and sending thank-you notes.
 
CUC is currently holding a suit drive. Men can pick up full suits, dress shirts and ties free of charge. Moores in Edmonton collects the used suits, gives them to CUC and they hand them out free of charge.

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