interviews as a two-way process: you are interviewing the company as much as it
is interviewing you. A good interview isn’t just about answering questions,
it’s about discovering whether you’re right for a company and whether it’s
right for you.
Interviews are normally based on your
application form, so you’ll be asked to elaborate on your skills and experience
to date. Make sure you’ve prepared some answers: for example, times you’ve
demonstrated particular behaviours, describing your role in that particular
situation and explaining how you influenced the end result.
Practice describing yourself in a confident,
assertive way. This isn’t something we tend to do, and you may find it a bit
uncomfortable. But you have to be able to ‘sell’ yourself, focusing on your
strengths and your suitability for the role.
And remember: employers love it when you know
why you want the job you applied for. So do your research and have plenty of
Most university career departments offer mock
interviews so you can get some practice. This will help you prepare answers to