Key Tips

  • There are two main types of interviews: informal which carry no real structure or pre-set questions, and CBI (competency-based), which are more common and challenging.
  • Informal interviews are easy to pass if you can make good conversation, smile with eye contact and leave a positive impression.
  • CBIs require preparation. Primarily you will want to know which competencies are being assessed for the role you are applying for. Once identified, you can start creating answers to the questions. Remember to follow the STAR approach (see page on CBIs)
  • Our Question Identifier Tool (QIT) assessment will help you to identify which competencies are likely to be assessed and provide you with the types of questions likely to come up along with answers to teach you what a good response looks like. Take our QIT now.


The interview provides an insight in to an individual which is invaluable to the employer. After all we want to see what the candidate can and cannot do. The interview is often the first or only face-to-face interaction with the potential employee; the interview also allows an opportunity for the employer to verify what the candidate has said thus far, for example in the application form.

Want to know what questions are likely to appear in your interview? Complete our short ‘Question-Identifier’ tool (QIT) and we will provide you with the questions that are most likely to come up, along with sample answers. Click on the tab at the top-right of this screen and identify your questions now!

It is evident that interviews are an important step in the recruitment process and they are unlikely to disappear anytime soon. Various types of interviews exist which we will cover in this section; we will also cover interview questions, how to deliver a good answer, whilst providing some examples of good answers (provided in the QIT report).



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