Program

The interview process

As the first step in the selection process, teams under the supervision of provincial and territorial coordinators will evaluate your application either by reviewing your file or by conducting a short phone interview with you.

If you pass this first step, you will then be invited to an in-person interview. The interview may take place at various locations, such as at the ministry/department of education where you sent your application, at an educational institution, a placement centre, a college, or a university in or near the city in which you live. Some dates and locations have already been posted. Please check at the bottom of the page for more details.

The interview usually involves two interviewers and lasts about 30 minutes. After the interview, you will be notified by letter or e-mail of your interview results. Please note that a successful interview does not mean you have obtained a language assistant position; it means that your file will be forwarded to the coordinator of one of the three destination provinces or territories you chose when you applied.

In exceptional circumstances — for instance, if you are out of town or out of the country — interviews may take place by telephone or videoconference.

Preparing for the interview

Although the interview is conducted mainly in English, some questions may be asked in French in order to assess your French-language proficiency. Please note that fluency in your second official language is an asset but not a criterion for selection.

During the interview, you will be asked about your experience (professional and volunteer), your education, and the kinds of activities that you would like to organize for the students you would be working with. You may be asked questions like: "Give concrete examples of activities you would use to convey your culture."

Here are some tips for a successful interview:
a)    First impressions are important!
b)    Be there on time. Sometimes, it can be challenging to find a new location or a parking spot, so plan your time and route beforehand and arrive early.
c)    During the interview, you should be confident, professional, and let your personality shine.
Note: If for any reason you can't make it to the interview, as a courtesy, please notify your coordinator as soon as possible.

A letter or e-mail will be sent to you after the interview with your interview results.

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) thanks all candidates for their interest in Odyssey. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you are selected for an interview, your home coordinator will be sending you specific information about the date, time and location.

Interviews
Alberta
Interviews

Calgary
March 20-22, 2018

Edmonton
March 27-29, 2018

 

Interviews
Ontario
Interviews

Guelph
March 22, 2018

Hamilton
March 27, 2018

Kingston
March 27, 2018

London
March 22, 2018

North Bay
March 21, 2018

Ottawa
March 28, 2018

Peterborough
March 26, 2018

St. Catharines
March 23, 2018

Sudbury
March 21, 2018

Thunder Bay
March 21, 2018

Toronto
April 9, 2018

Waterloo
March 22, 2018

Windsor
March 22, 2018

 

Interviews
Prince Edward Island
Interviews

Summerside
March 5-14, 2018

 

Interviews
Quebec
Interviews

Chicoutimi
April 3-4, 2018

Montreal
March 12-15, 2018
March 27-29, 2018

Quebec
March 1-2, 2018
March 19-22, 2018

Rimouski
March 23, 2018

Sherbrooke
March 8-9, 2018

Trois-Rivières
March 26, 2018

 

Interviews
Saskatchewan
Interviews

Regina
March 19-29, 2018

Outside of Regina
By videoconference


Questions?

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