How to own the 1st and Final Interviews to Secure your Dream Job!

Date & Time

Monday, 22 February 2016
14:30 to 16:30


Life Sciences Institute, LSC1, Point Grey Campus + Videoconferenced to UBC-Okanagan and Diamond Health Care Centre

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

Registration Closed / Past Event


Building upon his popular “Getting the Interview- How to Make Your Application Stand Out” workshop, Matthew will provide you with his top tips for excelling in your next interview. Matthew will be joined by an expert panel, who will add their advice on what to do, and what not to do, to secure your dream job!


Matthew Heiydt is the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers Recruiter in Residence.  Over the past 9 years, Matthew Heiydt has been dedicated to helping companies hire and retain quality and qualified people.  From a numbers perspective - Matthew has managed 1,000 + permanent recruits, interviewed 2,000 + candidates, and worked with over 300 + companies in recruitment and on-boarding initiatives.

When the discussion revolves around Hiring, On-boarding, and general People Planning, Matthew is someone you should be talking to.

Matthew has worked in private industry, held multiple management positions, and has acted as a career advisor within education.  He has been a public speaker on topics such as "Recruitment Best Practices", "How to work with a Recruiter", and his favourite topic "Generations in the Work Place". Matthew is currently President of BackStretch Consulting Group  BackStretch is a new recruitment alternative that delivers quality and time savings at a justifiable price point for the long term growth of Canadian companies.


Eric Hsu, Principal Data Scientist, Millennial Media: Prior to completing a Ph.D in Computer Science at University of Toronto in 2010, Eric Hsu spent five years doing government-sponsored research at SRI International in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After grad school, he decided to go into pure industry and work for startups in the Bay Area and Boston; interviewing for jobs and then hiring scientists in turn have both really opened his eyes to some well-known and some less-obvious trends within these tech hiring environments.

Diane Nhan:  Diane is pleased to be back on campus as an Advisor for the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers. After earning her Juris Doctor law degree from UBC in 2011, Diane’s career veered away from breaking couples up as a divorce lawyer, and towards ‘professional matchmaking’ as a Recruitment Consultant with a number of leading staffing agencies. Working with clients as diverse as Crown corporations to hi-tech start-ups, Diane has helped candidates navigate through every step of the job search process from initial application to signed job offers (with bonuses!). In particular, Diane has enjoyed coaching candidates to ace their interviews by being  prepared, confident, and authentic, and believes that “practice makes perfect” in this regard.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, February 15 at 9:00am. This session will be available via videoconference at the Diamond Health Care Centre Room 2263 (Vancouver General Hospital) and at Reichwald Health Sciences Centre RHS257 (UBC - Okanagan). Registration in both the in-person and videoconferencing sessions are required.

Registration priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. Applicants will receive confirmation within two working days of their registration. If you have difficulty with registration, send an email to


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.