Effective Interviews

Careers, Employment and Enterprise 

Want a part time job while studying? A Placement or Graduate Scheme? Well UH’s Careers, Employment and Enterprise service hosted the Effective Interviews Workshop to help.

Here are some important tips that will ensure success by highlighting what to expect and how to prepare:

Before your interview: 

Preparation is key

Remember the quote, ‘Fail to prepare- Prepare to fail’


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Evaluate your interests, skills

and qualifications- Ask yourself what can you offer?

Provide evidence that you can do the job

Highlight the specific skills the employer wants

and give evidence that your skills match

Employers want to know: 

WHY THEM? The company, their aim, the industry

WHY THIS JOB? The role, responsibilities, opportunities

WHY YOU? Soft skills, academic record, motivation

Know what format your interview is in:

  1. One-to-one

  2. Panel

  3. Telephone/Video/Skype

  4. Group

  5. Multiple mini interviews

Practice the types of question you may be asked:

  1. Competency

  2. Technical/clinical

  3. Behavioural

Types of Questions you may be asked:

“Tell me about yourself?”

Top tips:

Draw out aspects of your personality (sociable, highly perceptive)

Start out with the your most recent facts, i.e. ‘I’m on track for a 2:1 in International Business’

They want to know what motivates and inspires you- they may even ask this as an individual question.

“Where do you see yourself in five years time?”

Top tips:

A level of commitment and dedication to the company, role and/or sector

They want to see leadership material

To develop skills in their particular organisation and mention interests in other sectors within the company

A desire to complete additional qualifications (continuing professional development)

“Do you have any questions for us?”

Top tips: 

This is where research plays a part again- perhaps ask about their new developments and recent projects

Ask them what a typical day, week or month may be like for your role.

What projects will you be working on? Indicates your interest and also supplies extra detail on what may be expected of you.

Depending on how relaxed the interviewer may appear, you could ask what they enjoy most about their role or working for the company. If you know who your interviewer may be, find out more about them- that is the power of technology and the very handy LinkedIn.

“Why do you want this job?”

Top tips:

Go back to the job description and tell them what appeals to you.

Tackling competency questions:

STAR Techniques: