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Preparation guide: Applying to the Canadian Coast Guard College

Interview tips

The following tips will help improve how you present yourself during the interview. They are also best practices for future interviews you take part in.

Preparing for the interview

During the interview

Face-to-face interviews

Consider the following tips for face-to-face or video interviews:

Behaviour-based interview questions

Behaviour-based questions focus on the person's past behaviours. The evaluation committee uses them to check your behavioral skills. Behaviour-based questions often start with:

Behaviour questions are all about the specific actions you took. To prepare for these questions, think of examples when you displayed the behavior the committee is looking for.

To help you prepare, look up examples of these types of questions for practice.

Prepare with the STAR acronym

Use the STAR acronym to help you with behaviour-based questions.

Use the STAR acronym to help you with behaviour-based questions.
Letter Word Meaning
S Situation Describe the situation.
T Task

Describe the situation's:

  • task
  • challenges
  • expectations
A Action Elaborate on the action you took to complete the task. What did you do and how?
R Result Explain the result of your actions and any impact it had on the situation.

Situation-based interview questions

Situation-based questions focus on hypothetical situations. The evaluation committee uses them to check your ability to

Situation-based questions often start with:

When answering these types of questions, emphasize how you would respond and why you would respond that way. The best way to prepare is to think of concrete examples of how you handled similar situations in the past.
Follow these tips when answering:

Again, it is a good idea to look up examples of these questions for practice before your interview.

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