The Do’s and Don’ts of Your Skype Internship Interview in Canada

April 28, 2014
Posted in How To Guide, Study & Work


Before starting your internship in Canada, you will first need to get through the interview stage so Stepwest has devised a list of tips to better your chances of success! We want to share the dos and don’ts of every internship interview in Canada, which we have collated from previous interns’ experiences.

DOs:

-Be sure about your online presence. 
Be sure about what’s online under your name and use your Internet and social media knowledge to your advantage by establishing an online presence via websites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Tumblr.  Most companies will Google search potential international interns before interviewing them for an internship position, as they want to find out as much as possible before taking the time to arrange an in-person interview. If you have interesting material online, which is related to your career then feel free to provide links during your internship interview for as it will be a good way for the interviewer to see how is your work. Be sure about little details, as your Skype ID.  There’s no need to get too fancy, just your name will be fine. Something too weird or personal could raise concern for the interviewer.

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– Get to know the company who is interviewing you. You will ask better questions if you know something about the company you would like to do your international internship with. Researching them will also help you prepare for any questions they’ll ask you. To find information about a company or hiring manager, use LinkedIn and Google. And expect the employer to do the same research on you. Check out current projects or work that they have done as this will show that you are interested in their current affairs and are eager to learn about the company’s operations during your potential future internship in Canada.

– Be sure to fully understand the interview schedule and timing. As the interview will be taking place with a Canadian host company, there will be a time difference, which you will need to check beforehand. Make sure you have the correct time difference and allow yourself enough time to be online around 15 minutes before the interview time. This will show professionalism and good time-management skills as the last thing you want to do is have their first impression of you tainted by mixing up the times or keeping the interviewer waiting for you.

– Prepare to be asked about points that you mentioned in your resume. You must be prepared to explain your experiences and skills that you mentioned in your resume as the interviewer will expect you provide relevant examples. By giving specific ‘real-life’ examples instead of generalities, you will improve your chances of success dramatically on being selected for your international internship in Canada. It is pretty common in interviews that the interviewer will ask you about your strengths and your weaknesses, so be prepared by writing out a list of your strengths along with recent experiences that will back it up. When talking about weaknesses, try to choose a weakness that is not going to remove you from the internship selection process. For example, you could mention that you are young and you may not have too much professional experience out of your home country, but very eager to learn and bring a lot of motivation and fresh ideas with you. Employers don’t judge you based on what your answer is – they will do it based on what you’re doing to improve it.

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– Discuss possible tasks in the company and information related to your internship. It is important that after the interview is complete and if you are accepted for the internship in Canada that you know exactly what your position will consist of. Do not hesitate to ask any questions, whether it’s about Canadian business cultures, day-to-day operations or even about upcoming projects. The internship interview is a chance to show off what you can do for a new team. When you ask questions to your interviewer, it shows them that you are interested in the company and more importantly, it gives you a chance to turn the interview into more of a conversation where you are asking the interviewer questions as well.

DON’T

– Don’t do the Skype Interview in a noisy place. If you are applying for an internship in Canada from your home country then you will be most likely using Skype for your interview with the potential host company. You need to take into account that it is very important that you are in a quiet room, free of noise and distractions. Make sure you have a good Internet connection and that nobody will disturb you during the interview. Remember that the interviewer will be able to see you so you need to dress appropriately and make sure that your background is clean and free of anything that will hinder your chances of success.

– Don’t say that you’re nervous. 
Confidence is a great value. Remember this is not an exam and actual employers want to know about you. They already have your resume so the main thing they are trying to find out is what you are like as a person, what you like to do and how your personality will fit in with their company here in Canada. If you are honest and practice beforehand to control your nerves then you will do great!

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– Don’t discriminate or talk badly about your previous host company. You will be asked about any previous internship or job experience, either in your home country or abroad. Remember that key industry players are connected so the interviewer might know about your previous employers, company or even some of the employees. Therefore, it is crucial to act professionally and keep your personal opinions to yourself and only talk about what was relevant from previous experiences and how they have helped you to develop as a young professional.

– Don’t leave without asking any questions. 
It can happen that your mind becomes blank when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions at the end of your internship interview. You don’t want to say no, so be sure to write down some questions that you think could be interesting. For example: what a typical day would be like for someone in the position you’re interviewing for or what is the main project they are working currently. This is an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the company, about North American business cultures and depending on the questions you ask, it will also show the interviewer how motivated and interested you are in taking an internship with their company here in Canada.

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