Interviews

Have you had a job interview?

Tell us about your recent job interview.

At an interview, an employer wants to assess your suitability for the job. They will have identified the skills and qualities that the job requires and will ask you a range of questions relating to your abilities, skills, qualities and aptitude.

Prior to your interview, you will need to prepare positive responses drawn from your work and life experience that illustrate these skills and qualities - from your academic studies, interests, social activities, work placements, vacation work, voluntary work or part-time jobs.

Prepare yourself

 

Interview checklist

Get ready for interivew - find out what you need to do. Preparation is key

Before the interview

  • Research the company - find out as much as you can about your potential employer
  • Prepare answers to common interview questions.

Body language - make the right move

  • Make sure you know the name of the person or people interviewing you.
  • Check the format of the interview.
  • Research your interviewers - Google their names and check LinkedIn.
  • Print a copy of your CV to take with you.
  • Re-read your CV.
  • Plan the journey and check for delays.
  • Take a contact number with you in case there are any problems.
  • Print out a map of your route.
  • Leave a good half an hour before you think you need to.

Dress to impress

At the interview

After the interview

 

Types of interview

Your interview may be a one to one interview, panel interview, competence based interview, telephone interview, skype/video interview or a combination. You may also be asked to attend an assessment centre or make a presentation

The different Interview types - interview technique in detail

Competence based interviews

Group interviews

Panel interviews

Strength based interviews

Skype / video interviews

Telephone interviews

Interview tips

Interview practice questions

Curveball interview questions

Presentations

Public speaking and presentations

Assessment centres

Assessment centres

Psychometric tests

  • Many employers use psychometric tests as part of the selection process. Find out what to expect, and have a go at some practice tests. More about psychometric tests
 

Seek advice

  • Get interview advice at an appointment or drop-in session.
  • Book a practice interview with a careers adviser
      More about practice interviews (pdf - 163kb)

Get careers advice


Interview success presentations

Attend the interview success careers presentation - find out how to prepare for a job interview and how to perform on the day. See when the next sessions will be held - check our events page

Resources on E-learning

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Current students (log-in required) can also access more job interview resources tailored to your course or School on the careers organisation on E-learning@Tees campus network

Interview preparation books


Industry experts' views and advice

Read the latest news articles on job interviews from around the web. Careers viewpoints