The resources listed below are mostly hosted on external websites. The Careers and Employability Service website also has information on preparing for Interviews. Find out more.

Interviews

Careers and Employability Service leaflet: Interview Skills

Advice and tips on how to prepare for interviews. Take-away copies available from the Careers and Employability Service.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

Mini Career Course: Successful interviews

This mini career course aims to develop your understanding of the different types of interviews used by recruiters - whether the interview is by phone, online or in person.

Shortlist.Me - free resource for practising video interview skills

Shortlist.Me allows you to practice taking a video interview and review your own performance. You can also request feedback from a member of the Careers and Employability Service team.

To access Shortlist.Me, click on the link below and select the interview that you wish to try. It is recommended that you use either Chrome or Firefox as your web browser. You will then be asked to complete a short registration form where you will be given the option to receive feedback on your interview. Current students, please use your university email address to register. After completing the registration form you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the interview. If you have any questions please email careers@abdn.ac.uk.

Researching Employers

The link below will take you to a list of recommended resources for researching employers. This includes websites and books with profiles of graduate employers and websites containing employer reviews form their current/ former employees.

PwC Video Interviews E-learn

This resource gives you an insight into preparing for video interviews. There is advice on how to prepare followed by example questions where you can watch candidates giving answers, provide your own comments and find out what PwC thought.

Dress to Impress

Not sure what to wear for interviews and assessment centres or to networking events? Have a go at our Dress to Impress quiz and get advice on how to create the right impression.

Guide to creating STARR examples

Employers often assess evidence of applicants demonstrating their required competencies (or skills) in their selection process. Evidence of these competencies is assessed in application forms and during interviews and assessment centres. You can use this guide to the STARR structure to ensure you articulate your competencies in enough depth for employers to assess you.

Interview Question Generator (LinkedIn)

Select the skills that are relevant for the job you have an interview for and view a list of commonly asked questions for those skills.

Asking questions in an interview

At an interview you will usually have the opportunity to ask questions. The link below contains details of websites that have examples of good questions to ask.

Preparing for telephone interviews (jobs.ac.uk)

Advice and tips on how to give yourself the best chance of success in a phone interview.

Expert performance tips for Skype and video interviews (TARGETjobs)

A Media Training Specialist and HR professional offer advice on how to prepare for video interviews.

Phone and Video Interview Tips (Outwit Trade)

Practical advice from HR professionals about how to prepare for a phone or video interview.

How to ace a video interview

A short video with advice from job coach, Dominic Joyce, about preparing your set-up for a video interview.

First Impressions Count (University of Bedfordshire)

This 20-minute video has been produced by the University of Bedfordshire to help students with the first stages of interview preparation. The programme features four students from differing subject disciplines who are getting ready for a range of graduate job interviews. An image consultant offers advice to each candidate on how to dress appropriately to create a good first impression. Further help is offered with voice training, body language and confidence boosting exercises.

Skills Transformer

Skills Transformer provides a structure to help you recognise, write about and talk about your skills: transforming them from dormant experiences to useful, persuasive evidence. The tool is primarily aimed at Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths students but will also be useful for students of other degree subjects.

Technical Interviews: putting your graduate science skills to the test (TargetJobs)

Advice on how to prepare for technical interviews, including tips on what to say about projects and insights into the types of question you are likely to face.

Job Interviews Tips and Techniques (businessballs.com)

Advice on all aspects of job interview preparation, including what to wear, what to ask and how to answer tough questions.

Challenging Interview Questions used by Google

A selection of interview questions typically asked of applicants to Google (published on the Guardian website - 5/11/09). Remember that you can book a practice interview at the Careers Service Reception and there are also some excellent books that you can borrow to help you prepare (see Books on Interviews link on this page).

5 steps to a successful video interview (Prospects)

Tips to help you feel confident and well-prepared for facing a video interview.

Strength-based Interviews (Shortlist.me)

Information on what strength-based interviews are and techniques for how to answer them.

Common Job Interview Questions and Answers (Zety)

Advice on to answer some of the most commonly asked interview questions.

Smart Answers to the Most Difficult Job Interview Questions

Advice on how to answer some of the most commonly asked interview questions.

Consulting Interviews (gradinterviewprep.com)

Advice on preparing for Consulting interviews with practice questions/ examples for arithmetic, brain teasers, market sizing and case studies.

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