Preparing for an interview

Boost your chances of interview success with our comprehensive job interview preparation guide. With advice on how to answer tricky questions such as ‘why do you want this job?‘ or similarly tough career goal questions – you’ll find out everything you need to know about preparing for a job interview.

And, because things don’t always run smoothly, we’ve even outlined five good reasons to cancel a job interview, as well as tips on how to cancel it.

Types of interview questions

Interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve already covered the types of interviews you might have, but here are five of the most common types of interview questions (and our top tips on how to answer them):

Four things to take to a job interview

Outfit? Check. Answers? Check. Checklist? Check. We’ve already covered how to prepare for an interview, but here are four things you should always take with you on the big day:

How to answer: What are your strengths?

Not big on self-promotion? We’ve already covered some of the most common interview questions that could come up, but here’s our advice for how to answer: ‘What are your strengths?’

Interview question: ‘Why do you want this job?’

We’ve already covered some of the most common interview questions, but here’s our advice on the best way to answer: ‘why do you want this job?’

What’s the worst thing you can do at an interview?

We spoke to students to find out what they thought were the worst things you can do at an interview – and gave our top tips on how to avoid them.

How to: Cancel an interview

There’s only one thing scarier than an interview: cancelling one. To make sure you’re doing it in the right way, here are a few tips on how to cancel an interview:

Five good reasons to cancel an interview

Cancelling an interview can be a pretty awkward experience. To make sure you don’t burn any bridges, here are five good reasons to cancel an interview:

Tech interview questions

To help inspire you, here are five of our favourite tech interview questions courtesy of the latest edition of James Reed’s bestselling book, ‘Why You: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again’, and our advice on how to answer them:

Interview types: What you need to know

We’ve already covered how to prepare for an interview, but here’s everything you need to know about the five most common types of interviews.

How to: Prepare for an interview

When it comes to an interview, you can never be too prepared. If you’re invited to a face-to-face interview – here are our top tips on how to prepare:

Manager interview questions and answers

Looking for a role in management? First, you have to manage the interview. To help inspire you, here are five of our favourite manager interview questions, and our advice on how to answer them:

Remote working interview questions

Not sure how to prove you’d be great at remote working? To help you with your interview preparation, here are five of the most common remote interview questions – and our advice on how to answer them:

Competency-based interviews: What you need to know

You might be familiar with certain interview types, for example telephone interviews or group interviews, but have you ever heard of competency-based interviews?

IT interview questions

When it comes to IT interviews, preparation is key. To make sure you’re not caught off guard, here are five of the most common IT interview questions that you should prepare for:

Engineering interview questions

Not sure what you’ll be asked at an engineering interview? Here are five of the most common engineering interview questions you should be prepared for:

Behavioural interview questions

When it comes to an interview, you always need to be on your best behaviour. To help inspire you, here are five of our favourite behavioural questions courtesy of James Reed’s bestselling book, ‘Why You: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again’, and our advice on how to answer them:

Job interview weaknesses  

A successful job interview means selling yourself just the right amount. To make sure you’re not accidentally putting your interviewer off, here are five job interview weaknesses, and how you can avoid them:

Six types of interviewers that you need to know

As difficult as it can be to believe,interviewers are actually human. To help you get to grips with some of their styles, here are six common types of interviewers which you could encounter.

What to wear for an interview

Not sure what to wear on the big day? Here’s our five-step plan for success, plus two outfits that will help you nail (almost) every interview:

Customer service interview questions

Important customer service interview coming up? We’ve got this. To help you practice, here are five commonly asked customer service interview questions, and how to answer them:

Four secrets your interviewers aren’t telling you

It’s never easy to second-guess what an interviewer really wants. The good news is, you don’t have to. Here are four secrets that’ll help you understand your prospective employer’s needs, courtesy of James Reed’s bestselling book, ‘Why You: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again’ :

Five career goal questions, and how to answer them

Where are you currently in your career, and where do you want to go next? Here are five our favourite career goal questions courtesy of James Reed’s bestselling book, ‘Why You: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again’,

12 things you should never do at an interview

How can you ensure that you have an embarrassment free interview experience? Here are 12 things all interviewees hope they don’t do on the big day, and how to avoid them:

How to: deal with stress in an interview

So, you’ve finally landed yourself an interview for your dream job. But what now? Here are some of the best ways to battle interview nerves and make sure you stay confident, calm and collected on the big day…