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  Interviews

If you have been called for an interview you may benefit from a mock interview with one of our advisers. To arrange a mock interview please email careers@napier.ac.uk with the following information:    
  • Student name and matriculation number
  • Course Studying
  • Job Description and any relevant additional information 
  • Date of Interview 
  • CV & application form
Preparing for interviews:
Interviews can be daunting. To ensure that you approach them with confidence:
  • Conduct research about the company and the role in advance. In addition to looking at the company's website, Glassdoor can give an insider view through employee reviews.
  • Make sure you know the logistics of how to get there and the format the interview will take e.g. you may need to prepare a presentation in advance.
  • Understand the importance of body language and the need to create a positive first impression
  • Practise common interview questions.  
    Interview questions typically fall into one of the following categories:
    • About you and your motivation for applying.
    • Your understanding of the role and the organisation.
    • How you behave and interact with others.  These frequently come in the form of Competency questions. Employers expect that you will answer these in the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result).  It is best to prepare your examples in this format before the interview as it can be difficult to think of examples on the spot.
  • Think of some questions to ask them.  Interviews are an opportunity for you to find out more about the organisation.

You can find some further tips on the following:

Prospects: Interviews
Targetjobs: Interviews
Graduate Recruitment Bureau: Example Graduate Interview Questions & Answers
Wikijob - specifically discusses student and graduate interviews
Bestjobinterview.com - covers more general interviews
Telephone interviews - Wikijob has some useful advice

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