University Interview Preparation Support
Job interview tips
If you are offered an interview for your first graduate job or a new job, how can you prepare. We have outlined tips below:
- Read the job description well. Make sure you are aware what is expected of you.
- Research the Company. Familiarise yourself with what they do. Look on their website.
- Work out what to take to the interview. What have they asked for? Is it worth taking a summary along of your skills along to hand out in the interview? You should also take your CV along, examples of your work that may be relevant, a notebook and pen, and prepare questions to ask in the interview.
- Practice for your interviews – see competency tips below.
- Work out the travel logistics. Make sure you arrive early.
- Familiarise yourself with basic interview etiquette. Try not to be nervous and think confidently.
- In the interview, make sure you speak slowly. Take your time to answer questions.
Common interview questions that you need to prepare answers for
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why should we hire you?
- Why do you want this job?
- What salary are you on/do you expect?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is your greatest strength?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
How to answer interview questions
Many interviews will ask questions and expect examples of your skills and when you have done things. The STAR technique is very useful. It may help you prepare for your job interview by running through competency based examples using the STAR technique:
Situation – setting the scene
Task – describing what you want to achieve
Action – what you did
Result – how was the situation resolved?
Useful examples that you might want to prepare include: examples of when you have solved problems, your analytical ability, team work, leadership qualities, writing skills, presentation skills, IT literacy, creativity or marketing/social media skills.