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.
You should also:
- avoid wearing too much jewellery or make-up
- cut and clean your fingernails
- ensure that any briefcase or handbag you take is smart
- polish your shoes
- tidily arrange your hair
- use aftershave or perfume sparingly
- wash and iron your outfit.
4 ways to make a good impression
Winning interview techniques include:
- Positivity – Be well-mannered with any staff you meet before or after the interview and, if you’re feeling particularly nervous, remind yourself that the very worst thing that could happen is you simply not getting the job. During the interview, avoid talking about any personal problems unless completely necessary, and never badmouth your previous employers.
- Body language – Give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after the session. Once you’re seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact.
- Clarity – Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences and achievements. It’s perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if, at first, you’re unsure what the question means. When answering, don’t speak too quickly.
- Enthusiasm – It’s important that you allow your personality to shine throughout, as well as ask thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments. Both of these strategies will demonstrate that you’re genuinely interested in the role and listening closely to the interviewer.