All organisations use interviews as part of their recruitment process - they give employers a chance to assess your suitability for the role, and to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and personality.

What do you need to know? 

The format of an interview will vary depending on the nature of the job, the recruitment process and the company. However, we’ve put together some tips and advice on standard formats of interview to get you started. We also have some practical tools to give you plenty of practice and confidence.

Interview preparation

There are many different aspects to an interview, from face-to-face talks to psychometric testing. Look at the links from our resources section - we've put together some interview guidelines and a selection of questions to practise, as well as information on some of the more common interview types.

Software to help you prepare.

Launchpad - video interview software

Video interviews are also becoming increasingly more common. Click here to take a practice video interview via Launchpad, our unique video interview preparation software. You'll be taken to our secure area, the Interview Resource Library, full of useful software to help you practise.


Launchpad video interviews

Self-reflection Strengths Questionnaire

Half of large recruiters are now using strength-based recruitment to select candidates (Institute of Student Employers, 2019).  Download this self-assessment grid from ShortlistMe, to prepare for strength-based interviews and help you to identify situations you like the most and which give you energy. In addition to this resource, you may also wish to read our Interview Guidelines leaflet and look on Aston Futures for our Career Express workshops, which include a strengths and skills session.


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What employers want

Employers need information that covers 3 areas in an interview – and will ask numerous questions designed to get them the answers.

1. Can you do the job?

You’ve been asked to the interview, so it’s safe to assume that the employer has seen something in your CV they like. Now they want to find out more about your experience.

2. Will you do the job well?

An employer isn’t just looking for your capability, they also need to know you are motivated and hard working. Questions here will focus on your career aspirations.

3. Will you fit in to their business?

No one wants to employ someone who will disrupt their team dynamics. You’ll be asked questions about your strengths and weaknesses and how well you work in a team environment.