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How to Succeed at: Interviews

This free three week course provides the tools you need to succeed at interviews and land your dream job or course place.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsI'm Hilary, and together with colleagues here at the Careers Service at The University of Sheffield, we've many years experience of helping people enhance their chances of success in getting the job they want or secure their place in their chosen course. This course is the second in our series of how to get that dream job or get onto that dream course. And it's designed to help you once you've made it through to the all important interview. Being offered an interview for a job or a course is an extremely positive, but also scary, prospect. So we put together a set of tools to help you prepare and perform at your very best.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds We'll show you how to research the organisation, to arm you with as much information as possible to show that you're right for the role. We'll show you what to wear and what not to wear. And we'll go through some common interview questions, and tips on how to best answer them. We'll have insights from employers from a range of different industries, along with [INAUDIBLE], giving their tips on what they look for in an interview candidate and what makes the best and the worst impression on them. We'll also give instructions on dealing with different types of interviews, from telephone interviews, to video interviews, and show you how to give painless presentations.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds So, if the thought of walking into an interview fills you with dread, join us on this three-week course, and we'll help you make the most of this fantastic opportunity and give you the best possible chance of getting on the path to your dream career.

About the course

This course will help you to succeed at interviews, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study. Because being offered an interview can be quite daunting, we’ve put together a set of materials to help you prepare and be successful on the day.

We’ll help you to research the organisation so you can answer that frequently asked question ‘why do you want to work for us?’ with style. We’ll provide advice on what to wear (and what not to wear) and go through some common interview questions. We’ll have tips from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates and cover the types of questions you should be asking them.

Finally, we’ll help you to prepare for different types of interview including how to make an impression via telephone or video or within a group setting. We’ll also help you prepare for tests and practical work that may be included as part of the interview process.

The course is highly participative and includes articles for you to read, videos to watch and interactive material with tips to help you better understand how to prepare for your interview. There will also be discussions where you can learn from and support each other, self-reflective exercises and quizzes. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to collect a portfolio of your work which will help you with future interviews.

By the end of the three weeks we hope you will have the confidence to perform at your very best at interview.

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.


This course is open to anyone and is part of FutureLearn Choices - a collection of courses to bridge the gap between school and higher education, and help young adults choose the right degree or career.

Requirements

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.

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You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats — to show that you’ve taken part.