University of Huddersfield Interview
Whether you love or loathe interviews, they’re a key part of the recruitment process and the more preparation you do in advance, the more effective you can be.
- Prospects – Interview advice
- BeMyInterviewer – Interactive interview host
- Targetjobs – technical interview advice for engineers.
- Mock Interviews – on our Career Resources
Graduate Job Interview Videos:
What happens at interviews? Watch these clips from Making an Impact – the graduate job interview. When prompted, enter your university username and password.
Some employers are now asking students to attend interviews online where you will be speaking with an interviewer live via a web cam. Prepare as you would for a face-to-face interview, and before you start:
- Ensure that you are located somewhere quiet, free from interruptions.
- Ensure that your laptop is fully charged.
- Make sure you have all the details and instructions to hand.
Types of interview
There are several different types of interview:
- Telephone – Some graduate employers use an initial telephone interview to eliminate unsuitable candidates. Successful applicants are usually then invited to a face-to-face interview or an assessment centre. Telephone interviews usually last for around 30 minutes.
- Video – An alternative to the traditional telephone interview, some organisations, particularly those recruiting in sales, media and marketing, will screen candidates via Skype, FaceTime or YouTube. Video interviews usually last for around 30 minutes. Take a look at 5 steps to a successful video interview for advice.
- Face-to-face – The most common type of interview, face-to-face encounters can take place with either one interviewer or, more commonly, a panel. In some rare cases, you may interview alongside other candidates and questioning can either be strengths-based or competency-based. Face-to-face interviews usually last for between one and two hours.
- Assessment centres – Used primarily by large graduate employers to compare the performance of several candidates in a range of situations, assessment centres typically involve tasks such as presentations, group work, written tests and in-tray exercises. They usually last for one full working day.
What to wear to an interview
The typical interview dress code is usually fairly straightforward for men: a dark suit and tie combination is the safest option. However, things are slightly more open for women. You could wear a dress, trouser suit, or a skirt and blouse; black, navy or brown are the safest colours.