Whether you are applying for a job or a study programme, interviews are always one of the trickiest parts of your application. This course will help you prepare for your interview.

About the course

This course has been designed and developed by experts from The Careers Service at The University of Sheffield to help you succeed at interviews, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study. Because the interview can be quite daunting, the institution has put together a set of materials to help you prepare and be successful on the day.

The course will help you to research the organisation, so you can answer that frequently asked question ‘why do you want to work for us?’ with style. You will be provided with advice on what to wear (and what not to wear) and go through some common interview questions. You’ll also be given 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, the course will help you to prepare for different types of interview, including how to make an impression via telephone or video or within a group setting. You will also learn how to 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.

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


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.

About the instructors

Pamela Hafekost manages the Information Team. She is responsible for developing the Careers Service website and creating interactive resources. Pamela is also responsible for providing an information service to our users.

Alison Clay is a careers adviser at the University of Sheffield Careers Service, providing advice to help service users become more confident when writing applications or approaching interviews.

Marcus Zientek is a career adviser. He writes and edits careers guides for the University of Sheffield and is careers service coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Katie Casserly is also a careers adviser at the University of Sheffield’s Careers Service. She is also a qualified librarian and former careers information officer.

Starting date: 10 July, 2017

Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Pamela Hafekost, Alison Clay, Marcus Zientek, Katie Casserly

Institution: The University of Sheffield