Interview Example and Effective Tips

A great way to start is by watching this video!


1. Read the email!

Read the invitation for interview again in case you have missed anything. Is there anything you need to bring? Is there anything to prepare or read? What time is the interview? Don’t be late!

2. Think about what questions might be asked

• Why are you the best for the role?
• Why do you want the job?
• What relevant experience do you have?
• What skills are most useful for the position?

3. Make Notes

You can take notes into the interview with you, so make sure you note down ideas for the questions you’ve thought about. We find questions are much more developed and detailed when the candidate has thought about ideas before hand and has notes to remind them. It also shows preparation and gives the impression that you care about the role.

7. Talk us through your thinking

If you feel like your answer is unclear, it probably is! Sometimes explaining your thought process as you find the answer will be the best move. This will show the interviewer how you got to the answer and why you believe it to be correct. It also helps us to see how you think, and, for situational questions, how you would react and conduct yourself.

Question: What is the most important quality for a this committee?

• Bad Answer: “The most important quality is to be hardworking.”
• Good Answer: “There are many qualities that are important for this role. It is necessary to have good time management, a quality that I have displayed in my work on Team Bar, for which I have never missed a shift. Friendliness is also key, as you must be able to work well with those the committee is helping and provide a friendly face from the college. I have shown this in my pastoral work at school, for which I was a member of the pastoral committee for three years, greatly improving my interpersonal skills. The most important quality, however, is to be hardworking, as the role can at times be stressful and it is vital that the members are able to step up and support each other on the job. I have demonstrated my ability to do this when on CRC, being able to fill in for other volunteers if they are busy with academic work, and always committing myself to the project whenever I make a visit.”

8. Think before you speak!

You do not have to jump in right away after a question, and we will remind you of that when you come into the interview. Often people don’t think about their answer and go straight into an answer that they had prepared for a question they were expecting, not the actual question! Taking a moment can help you to really see what the question is asking, and the answer the interviewer is looking for.