Interviews can take a number of formats, including:

  • one-to-one
  • a panel of two or more interviewers
  • over the telephone
  • video interviews
  • competency-based or strength-based interviews.

They are an opportunity for an employer to find out more about you, as well the chance for you to present your skills and experience. Video and phone interviews are increasingly used by employers in their initial screening, before inviting you to a face-to-face interview or assessment centre.

Download the information sheet, Interviews (PDF  , 584kb) for a summary of interview formats, what to expect and suggestions for what you can ask.

5 things to do now

  1. Watch the Making an impact DVD (available to watch in Careers)
  2. Check out the Interview Guide on the VLE - answer some practice questions, look at employer advice and practise a video interview
  3. Have a look at the interview reference books in Careers and the University library (see the Read more box below)
  4. Discuss interview technique at a careers appointment
  5. Book a mock interview through Careers Gateway if you have a job or course interview scheduled

Read more

  • Great answers to tough interview questions, Martin John Yate
  • Be prepared! Getting ready for job interviews, Julie-Anne Amos
  • Case interviews, Vault Career Library
  • How to succeed at interviews and other selection methods, Dan Charlton


Useful links

Click on the useful links for more resources.

The selection process

Find out more about the other recruitment process stages: