People waiting for a interview

The different types of job interview

Do you know what to expect from your interview for a graduate job or training scheme? Our advice on the different formats used will help you prepare. You might be interviewed over the phone, particularly at an early stage in the recruitment process, and employers are increasingly using video and Skype interviews. Many interviews are competency-based, though some employers use a strengths-based approach. Our tips will help you adjust your interview technique for panel and technical interviews and convince recruiters that you are the right candidate for the job.

Handling telephone interviews for graduate jobs

How to handle a telephone interview

Use our checklist to tackle your telephone interview with confidence and get through to the next stage of the application process for your graduate job.


Competence-based interviews

Find out what to expect from this type of graduate job interview, which focuses on whether you can show you have the competences or skills to match an organisation's selection criteria.


Strengths-based interviews for jobs and grad schemes

Find out what to expect from this new style of graduate job interview, which focuses on what you enjoy doing as a way of assessing your personal attributes and innate aptitudes.


Technical interviews for graduate roles: the basics

For some career sectors you may be invited to a technical interview, which will be used to assess specialist skills.


Skype interview

How graduate recruiters use video interviews

Find out about live video interviews and recorded questionnaires and what graduate recruiters look for, whether they use FaceTime, Skype or YouTube.


video interview tips

Expert performance tips for Skype and video interviews

Our expert tips will help you hone your video interview performance and avoid common pitfalls of this still fairly new approach to graduate recruitment.


panel interviews - how to face more than one interviewer

Panel interviews: how to face more than one interviewer

Occasionally you will push open the door to discover two or more people waiting to interview you. Don't panic! Here are our top tips for when you're facing several interviewers.


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