It’s natural to feel apprehensive about an interview, but you have obviously made a good impression in your application if you’ve been shortlisted. Preparation is the key – selling your skills and experience in an application form or CV is quite different to selling yourself in person, but with careful planning even the most demanding of interviews can be negotiated successfully.
Here are two websites offering comprehensive information on interview techniques and tips for graduates:
- Preparing for different types of interviews, e.g. telephone, Skype, video, panel, competence-based, strengths based, technical
- Making a good first impression, perfecting your personal pitch and body language
- How to boost your confidence
- Answering different types of interview questions – including the tricky ones
Get the employers’ view on how to be successful in interviews:-
Your interview skills can be developed over time. Give yourself a mark out of 10 for how good you think you are at interviews. In order to improve your skills and performance in interviews you could use the Interview Simulator in the Abintegro Careers Portal: Click here to access.
You can also improve by:-
- Drafting answers to possible questions
- Practice your answers out loud. You could even video your answers, and then reflect upon them. Ask yourself some key questions:-
- Did my answer make sense?
- Did I answer the question?
- Was my response well structured?
- Was my body language and tone positive?
- How could I improve upon my answer?
When you have confirmed interview dates for a job, course or research you may the wish to arrange a mock interview with a careers adviser – see our page on booking appointments.