University of Bolton Interview
An interview is a chance for an employer to meet and assess your suitability for a particular role. Most interviews last between 1 and 2 hours, although telephone interviews can be much shorter.
As well as asking you a series of questions, most interviews will also include a presentation on a specific topic. This will generally be provided prior to your attendance, allowing you a chance to prepare.
Once the formal questioning has finished, the candidate will then be given the chance to ask questions at the end of the interview. This is an important element, as it allows you to acquire more information about the company and the potential training opportunities that may be available.
An interview is a two-way process. The employer will want to know if you have the skills and abilities required to undertake the role, but the candidate can also assess the culture and demands of the position, and will decide if the company is right for them.
Types of Interview
There are several different types of interview:
- 1-1 interview: This is where you will be interviewed by just one person. This tends to be less intense but there is still a need to create a good impression and convey all of your skills and experience.
- Panel interview: In general, these interviews consist of a panel of between 3-4 people. Each panel member will take it in turns to ask you several questions. You must remember to direct your answer to the person who has asked you the question, whilst remembering to make eye contact with the rest of the panel.
- Telephone interview: This will take place over the phone and is often used as a preliminary stage, prior to being asked in for a more formal interview. It is therefore very important to speak clearly and come across as friendly and keen.
- Video Interviews: Many employers are now using this method as it provides an efficient way of filtering applications without having to see candidates in person. Typically, you will be asked to book a time slot (you will be given instructions on how to prepare). You will then be asked to answer pre-recorded questions that appear on screen. You will not be talking directly to someone as you would with Skype. Your responses will be timed.
- Skype interviews: these are often popular when applying for jobs overseas. You need to prepare in exactly the same way as you would with a face to face interview, dressing smartly, choosing a location without distraction and paying careful attention to your body language and communication.
- Assessment Centres: You could be asked to attend an assessment centre for between half a day or up to several days. You may be asked to get involved in group work, psychometric tests, role play, skills assessment and an interview.