10 Tips for Preparing for an Interview in Uncertain Times

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Sandy Vandermeulen
10 Tips for Preparing for an Interview in Uncertain Times

While interviews have always been stressful for most job seekers, the COVID-19 pandemic has created some further complications. Our Job Developers have created a list of additional considerations so you can set yourself up for success.

  1. Things have changed – you may find yourself having a phone, Skype or Zoom interview instead of an in-person interview. Not only does this approach save you the time and money associated with transportation, it can also develop your technical skills. Here are some things to consider:
    • Do you have a quiet designated space?
    •  Do you have everything at your fingertips (resume, pen, paper, job lead log)?
    • Have you tested your equipment?
    • Did you practice good grooming at home and dress up for the interview?
    • Did you ensure your background is neutral?
    • Did you mute yourself while the employer is speaking or ensure your background is quiet?
    • Did you remember to smile (and look into the camera)?
    • Did you turn your phone off?
  2. Remember to practice safe social distancing during in-person interviews. Follow the employers' lead on where to sit.
  3. It is okay to not shake hands at this time. Keep in mind that many positions you may apply for fall under the umbrella of essential services. These workers have been exposed to the dangers of COVID at its worst point and, even if it feels like the curve has been flattened locally, a potential reoccurrence is on everyone’s mind.
  4. Bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you for before and after the interview.
  5. Think about the job you are interviewing for. When in doubt if you should wear a mask or gloves, ask the employer at the time of the interview set-up.
  6.  Ask about safety procedures the employer has put in place for personal distancing and PPE on site.
  7. Clarify to see if your role may change. For example, if you are hired as a cashier you might find yourself filling the role of greeter. Being in a position of enforcing compliance for the number of customers allowed in the business can lead to excessive anxiety for some job seekers and it is better to know in advance.
  8. Avoid voicing your opinion about COVID – especially regarding masks and social distancing. An employer’s utmost responsibility is the safety of their staff and customers. Whether it is industry-mandated, provincially-mandated, or the business owner’s choice, a great deal of consideration has occurred before precautions were put in place.
  9. Remember – Employers are checking to see if you are a team player and able to adapt to change. Whether it be following COVID regulations, learning about new procedures, or learning a new role, your versatility makes you an asset to the company.
  10. When in doubt, contact us. If you feel unprepared for your next interview, contact your Employment Counsellor or Job Developer directly, sign up for the next Interview Webinar, reach out to Resource Staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our online Live Chat Agent. Our team of experts are here to help.

For further tips on how to ace job interviews, sign up for our Interview webinars at https://www.epcjobs.ca/fbworkshops.