Preparing for Success in Public Service Competitions

How to Win the Job

1 days

This course is intended for employees at all levels of the organization from junior ranks to aspiring executives. It is for people who are new to the world of public service competitions, or have been unsuccessful in past competitions, or have not competed in a while and feel rusty. For additional interview practice, you can receive two one-on-one coaching sessions with the facilitator.


Advancing your career and maximizing your impact in the federal public service requires you to master the competition process – a process that has many parts and can be demanding. The more prepared you are, the better chances you have to succeed, it is that simple. For example, early in the process, candidates need to be screened-in, a critical step before making it to the interview. You will need to fully understand what is being asked of you in relation to the job posting. How to position yourself and resumé to bring forward your skills and experience that are relevant to the job. How to convey to the hiring panel you are the right candidate. This course is a must-have on your journey to securing the right position for you. You will learn about tips and strategies on how to address the written and verbal parts of the process. The workshop is designed to help you win the job!

Individual Coaching Sessions
Participants in this workshop have access to our facilitator and certified coach, for two one-hour sessions of coaching to support personalized interview practice, for an additional cost of $450 (a discount of $90 from the regular coaching price). With this option, the total cost would be $995 plus HST for the course plus the coaching sessions.

Instruction Methodology: 

The course will provide tools and training to navigate every phase of the competition process complemented by short practice and demonstration sessions. Graduates will be equipped with the baseline tools and knowledge they need to prepare effectively for current and future competitions. Individual coaching is also offered at an additional cost to complement this workshop where participants can receive confidential feedback to strengthen their interview skills – see details above.

  • Getting screened in
  • Preparing for written exams
  • Acing the interview
  • Helping your references help you
  • Understanding and demonstrating knowledge vs. competencies
  • Keeping it together — stress management
  • Avoiding common pitfalls
  • Preparing and self-troubleshooting
  • Taking the sideways step — when to tap the grey market of deployments and secondments