Interview Techniques

Be Prepared

Interviews can be a daunting experience, so it’s best to come prepared! There are certain skills you need to display in your interview and some questions you can expect to be asked- below you'll find our selection of interview techniques to help you prepare.

Essential Skills:


The way in which you express and articulate yourself is important. Aim to communicate in a clear and professional manner.

Experience and Skills

Tell us about your previous work experience and learnt skills and how they may apply to your new job role.


Discuss any relevant qualifications you may have including both academic and non-academic certificates, and how they may help you in your new job role.

Motivation and Enthusiasm

Give your employer an incentive to employ you by showing your motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to the job role.


Presentation can be the difference between you obtaining the job role or not, so think about the way you conduct yourself and how you interact with the interviewer.

Sample interview questions:

“Tell us a bit about yourself”

Give an overview of your highest qualification, followed by your employment history. Try to give examples of the skills you have learnt along the way and what you have achieved.

“Why do you want this job?”

You should have a good knowledge of the company’s values, services, and products to show your interest in the role. Aim to demonstrate your strengths in relation to the job specification and explain why you are the right person for the job role.

“What are your key skills and strengths?”

Think about your attributes that relate directly to the job you are applying for. Think of examples which you can relate to your skills and the job specification.

“Give us an example of your communication skills”

Think about how you have been required to communicate in your employment, education and personal life and how these experiences will translate in your prospective job role.

“How do you work in a team?”

Give the interviewer examples of times you have contributed and worked co-operatively within a group, consider your past employment, education, and personal experiences.

“Give us an example of problem solving”

First consider an instance where you have encountered a problem, how you assessed the situation and objectives and then acted to resolve the problem. Small successes can be equally as insightful in demonstrating your problem solving ability as monumental ones.

“Where do you expect to be in five years?”

Aim to discuss your short and long term goals, the kind of job you would eventually like to do and relate it back to the role you are interviewing for. Don’t be afraid to show the interviewer your ambition and determination to succeed in your future career.

“What would you like to ask us?”

It’s important that you know about the company you intend to work for. Prepare a few questions to ask your interviewer which demonstrate your interest in the position and company.

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