Interviews

There are two types of people in the world: those who love interviews, and those who don’t. Whichever category you find yourself in, we can provide you with the information, insight, and support to be at your best on interview day.

This page will help you learn about how to be successful – and confident - at interview.

How do I prepare for an interview?

In this video, Interview Preparation Explained, you will learn the 3 key stages of interview preparation that are crucial for success.

Learn to tell your story – stories are how we share, learn, and build relationships. They help us structure information and communicate it clearly. Organising your responses using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique can help you clearly explain your skills, experiences, and achievements so your interviewers can see you’re the best candidate for the role.

Watch this STAR technique video to help you learn how to do this effectively.

What will they ask me?

We can’t read minds or predict the future, but we can guess with some confidence typical and likely interview questions. The information you need to answer ANY question they ask should be accessible to you – if you’ve done thorough research as part of your interview preparation. There’s a fine line between ‘knowing your stuff’ and coming over as robotic because you’ve memorised answers to prepared questions. You also don’t want to be thrown off stride when the interviewers ask you a question you haven’t prepared. 

The Prospects website has a useful guide to Interview Questions for some of the most common ones, with strategies on how to answer them. You can also find out more about specific types of interviews using these resources:

Concerned about unexpected, difficult questions? Watch Curveball Interview Questions for advice from employers.

Use our interview simulator to practice questions and self-evaluate your performance.

What about video interviews?

Even before the pandemic, employers were making increasing use of video interviews.  While these may be ‘live’ via Skype or Zoom, some companies use automated software to screen large numbers of candidates. Feedback from employers indicates that this can be the part of the recruitment process candidates struggle the most with, and sometimes drop out at this stage. Don’t do that! Video interviews are just like any other interview, and all of the support on this page can help you do your best. Take this short course on Video Interviews to make yours a success 

I’m really nervous. What can I do to feel more confident? 

Interview nerves can be caused by a variety of things:

Once you’ve made good use of our preparation resources, if you’re still feeling anxious you can book a practice interview to gain experience and feedback.

Remember! If you’ve been invited to interview, your application has already persuaded prospective employers that you can, and want, to do the job. The interview is your opportunity to further convey your motivation. It’s a chance for you to use stories of your experiences to persuade employers of your abilities and potential to make an impact.

Take a look at our MindTalk webinars to help you prepare 

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