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 22, 23 and 24, 2017
26th floor, 2620 AMEC Place
801-6 Avenue S.W.

Edmonton
March 27, 28 and 29, 2017
9th floor, 10044-108 Street NW

 

Interviews
British Columbia
Interviews

Vancouver
Dates TBD
555 West Hastings Street

Victoria
Dates TBD
620 Superior Street

 

Interviews
Manitoba
Interviews

Winnipeg
March 1-10, 2017
Bureau de l’éducation française (1181 Portage avenue)

 

Interviews
New Brunswick
Interviews

Fredericton
March 21-31, 2017
250 King Street, Place 2000

 

Interviews
Newfoundland & Labrador
Interviews

St. John's
Dates TBD
Location TBD

 

Interviews
Nova Scotia
Interviews

Halifax
March 9-24, 2017
2021 Brunswick Street

 

Interviews
Ontario
Interviews

Guelph
March 22, 2017
University of Guelph

Hamilton
March 27, 2017
McMaster University

Kingston
April 13, 2017
Queen's University

London
March 22, 2017
Western University

North Bay
March 21, 2017
TBD

Ottawa
March 31, 2017
University of Ottawa

Peterborough
March 24, 2017
Trent University

St. Catharines
March 23, 2017
Brock University

Sudbury
March 21, 2017
Laurentian University

Thunder Bay
March 21, 2017
Lakehead University

Toronto
April 3, 2017
Ministry of Education

Waterloo
March 22, 2017
University of Waterloo

Windsor
March 22, 2017
University of Windsor

 

Interviews
Prince Edward Island
Interviews

Summerside
March 15-30, 2017
Holman Centre

 

Interviews
Quebec
Interviews

Chicoutimi
April 4 and 5, 2017
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Montreal
March 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2017
Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (600 Fullum street)

March 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2017
Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (600 Fullum street)

Quebec
March 6, 7 and 8, 2017
Université Laval

March 20, 21 and 22, 2017
Université Laval

Rimouski
March 24, 2017
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Sherbrooke
March 9 and 10, 2017
Lieu à déterminer

Trois-Rivières
March 2 and 3, 2017
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

 

Interviews
Saskatchewan
Interviews

Regina
March 13-22, 2017
2220 College Avenue

 

Questions?

We would be happy to answer your questions about Odyssey. Tell us how to contact you and we’ll be in touch.