#SS-03-01 How to Succeed at: Interviews

  • Categories Study Skills
  • Duration 18h
  • Total Enrolled 11
  • Last Update September 16, 2020

About Course

The University of Sheffield


Why join the course?

Being offered an interview is exciting but can be quite daunting. On this course, our experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield will make sure you are prepared for the big day.

If you’re still at the stage of writing your CV and submitting applications for a job or course, join our course How to Succeed at: Writing Applications.


What topics will you cover?

Preparing for interviews

Dealing with nerves

The practical details

Making your research count

Anticipating key questions


Dealing with interviews

Creating a positive first impression

What to wear

Using your voice

Getting to grips with interview questions

Brilliant questions to ask the interviewer


Handling different types of interview

Successful telephone and video interviews

Giving presentations

Tests and exercises

Leaving a positive impression

Who will you learn with?

Pamela Hafekost

Manages the Information Team, responsible for developing the Careers Service website and creating interactive resources. Also responsible for providing an information service to our users.


Alison Clay

I’m a Careers Adviser at the University of Sheffield Careers Service providing advice to help our service users become more confident when writing applications or approaching interviews.


Marcus Zientek

Careers Adviser. Writes and edits careers guides for the University of Sheffield and is Careers Service Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Who developed the course?

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.




What Will I Learn?

  • Improve your chances of success in getting a job or securing a place on a university course
  • Apply best practice techniques to enable you to tackle interviews for jobs, apprenticeships, placements and university courses more effectively
  • Identify what recruiters are looking for by researching an organisation or institution thoroughly, and identifying what skills and attributes recruiters might be looking for
  • Identify what questions you may be asked at interview, and how to approach answering different types of interview questions
  • Develop a better understanding of your strengths, skills and key selling points to tackle interviews with confidence
  • Develop an understanding of different types of interviews, from telephone and video interviews, to non-standard interviews, and how to tackle them

Topics for this course

12 Lessons18h

Preparing for interviews?

In this introduction Careers Advisor Katie Casserly describes the objectives for the course, we welcome our fellow learners, and start the discussion by exploring our experience of interviews.
Welcome from Katie00:00:00
Getting to know you

Getting ready for the day?

Being invited to interview can bring about feelings of both happiness and apprehension for many people. Share your thoughts on getting to interview via our poll.

Thorough preparation does work?

The key to a good interview is proper preparation. This section gives you handy hints to get you thinking about yourself and the recruiter in more depth, and how to anticipate the topics you might be asked about at interview.


As we reach the end of Week 1, Hilary summarises our learning from this week’s activities.

Student Feedback


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The course content is very clear and practical. Exactly what we need for an interview. I am very satisfied with the explanations and the approach. It is perfect for anyone aspiring to attend an interview. Many aspects that I was not even aware of I know now. This will definitely help in my next interview.

Very well done. Another awesome course. This is worth every penny. I have always been good at interviewing, but I believe this will make me a much stronger candidate. Thank you for doing what you always do.

This was a fantastic course. Very informative! I am currently preparing for job interviews and one of my challenges were explaining myself and negotiating salary. I was so excited that these topics were part of the course.

This was a splendid course. Thank you for all the helpful knowledge with plenty of reference material to go back to. I highly recommend this course.I HIGHLY and HONESTLY recommend this course to all those who would like some great success tips and an insight into the head of a future employer.


Target Audience

  • This course is designed for anyone applying for jobs or courses. It will be of particular interest to those in the early stages of their career, or those who are out of practice and need to update their skills. No prior knowledge or expertise are needed.