What is an interview?
In an interview the employer will ask you questions in an attempt to assess your suitability for the role. Interviews can be face-to-face, on the phone or online. Due to the pandemic, many are opting for online interviews.
Before the interview
- Understand what they are likely to ask about by looking carefully at the job description and related documents.
- Create a list of evidence (examples and facts) from your education, work or other activities, that correspond to it. Memorise this so that you can easily recount evidence.
- Research the employer and the sector. Know clearly why you want the job and what would make you a strong candidate. Keynote is a great tool for researching sectors.
- Book a practice interview with the careers service by emailing us at email@example.com.
- If the inteview will be online, make sure you have a good internet connection, a suitably quiet environment without distractions and a neutral background behind you.
At the interview
- Listen carefully to the questions; ask for clarification if you are unsure whether you have understood correctly.
- Structure your answers to ensure that the contribution you made or the actions you took come across clearly in any examples you give.
- Be enthusiastic and willing to express your point of view, where appropriate.
- Reflect on the questions they asked. Were your answers satisfactory, or could you improve on your performance next time?
- If you were not selected, ask for some feedback. You are more likely to get feedback if you phone rather than email.
- Do the comprehensive Interviews eLearning course.
- Watch the excellent interview videos on Moodle. Follow students through real interview scenarios and get tips from employers.
- Read the handy Interviews helpsheet (it includes information on telephone interviews) on Moodle
- Video interview? Find out about practice video interviews on Moodle.
- Interview approaching? Book a practice interview with us.