Interviews & Selection

This page will give you an insight into the selection process and provide you with practical help on how to prepare for interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres.

This page covers interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres

Interviews and selection

Interviews

Ever heard of the quote, ‘To fail to prepare, is to prepare to fail?’. Interviews need not be daunting if you put in the preparation. Be clued up on the job, the organisation and what you can offer.

Your Guide to Interviews gives you advice on the preparation needed, and types of interview questions you may be asked.

  • Read an article on using social media to research a company before an interview

Interview Tips:

Mock Interviews

A mock interview is often a useful preparation for the real thing. This involves a Careers Adviser asking you typical interview questions. You will then receive some constructive feedback and tips on preparing for the actual interview.

  • To make it as realistic as possible, we need a copy of your CV or application form, and information about the job and company (e.g. job description, person specification, company name and website). To give us time to prepare a mock interview we need a minimum of 2 working days notice.
  • If you want to arrange a mock interview or would like to discuss interview techniques please book a mock interview with a careers adviser.

Have you tried our Interview Simulator? Take an auto-generated mock interview or browse the questions employers voted the most trustworthy.

Skype Interviews

Video interviews are becoming more common in recruitment, particularly when being interviewed from overseas. Here are some useful points if you are going to be interviewed using Skype:

  • The same preparation goes into a Skype interview as for a face-to-face interview.
  • Dress appropriately and ensure you get good lighting – Image is just as important as a face to face interview, dress smart and use lighting to ensure you look your best on a webcam.
  • Arrange a test call, particularly if it’s an international call.
  • Practice Using Skype with someone before the interview and make sure you have everything aligned correctly and good lighting.
  • Avoid speaking over anyone. Audio at one end of the line can obscure what’s being said at the same time, so it’s important to allow people to finish speaking, otherwise you risk missing information.
  • Once you’ve set up your webcam position, consider turning off the box in the top right which shows your own image. It can get very distracting and lead to you glancing off in a different direction.

Take a look at the following before taking part in a Skype interview:

How to look good on webcam – Gives you visual tips if you are going to use a webcam.
Skype interviews: Is it more tricky to be grilled by video? – Looks at a particular case study and gives advice.
Job Interviews by Skype – Advice from Jobs.ac.uk about Skype Interviews.
How to prepare for a Skype Interview – A look at Skype Interviews and what to consider.

Interview related links

Interview TipsAGCAS take a look at types of interviews and tips for success.

Interview Tests & ExercisesAGCAS look at the different types of tests, including psychometric, assessment centres and help delivering presentations.




Interview types:

The S.T.A.R. technique

S.T.A.R. Technique
Learn how to market your skills effectively with this handy guide.


S.T.A.R. Technique on Employability Tools – To make the most of your interview, you need to provide good answers. The S.T.A.R technique is a structured method of answering interview questions with the information the interviewer is looking for.

Psychometric Tests

Employers, particularly large graduate recruiters, often use psychometric tests as a selection tool in the recruitment process. Psychometric tests can be incorporated into online applications or could be part of the selection activities in an Assessment Centre. Psychometric tests measure aptitudes such as verbal, numerical, or diagrammatic reasoning. In addition some employers may use personality questionnaires and interest inventories. Below are some guides to help you with psychometric tests:

Psychometric Tests related links

Interview Tests & ExercisesAGCAS look at the different types of tests, including psychometric, assessment centres and help delivering presentations.

Psychometric Tests – Take a look at using the Psychometric Practical Tests

Psychometrics explained:

Assessment Centres


Graduate recruiters are increasingly using assessment centres as a key part of their selection process. They typically last between one and two days and can include: formal interviews, group work activities, presentations, paper-based or in-tray exercises, and may include psychometric tests.

Selectors will measure you against a set of criteria or competencies. This means that you are not necessarily in competition with other candidates attending the assessment centre on that day. As you will be completing a range of activities you will have the opportunity to impress in a number of ways, so don’t worry if you feel you have not done well in one particular activity.

Assessment Centres explained:

Assessment Centre related links

Interview Tests & ExercisesAGCAS look at the different types of tests, including psychometric, assessment centres and help delivering presentations.

Assessment Centres – Take a look at the Assessment Centre employability tool.

– To make the most of your interview, you need to provide good answers. The S.T.A.R technique is a structured method of answering interview questions with the information the interviewer is looking for.




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