A conversation with a purpose……
An interview is a conversation with a purpose. It is a two way exchange of information to try and find out:
– Can you do the job?
– Will you do the job?
– Do you/they want you to do the job?
Interviews are both to benefit you and the company. For you it is an opportunity to learn more about the company and the position; whether the position matches your requirements and values and whether you feel comfortable in that particular company’s culture.
For the company it allows them to identify your potential and suitability for the job and to determine whether you possess the technical skills required to fulfill the responsibilities of the role. They will also be checking to see if you are positive, motivated, enthusiastic, well prepared and share their values.
Types of interview
CV based interview
A CV based interview will be where the interviewer asks you to take them through your CV. They may ask you what you learnt in different roles or situations, what problems you faced and what you would do differently next time.
A competency based interview will explore whether you have the specific competencies for the job (i.e. teamworking, leadership, analytical skills and problem solving). The interviewer will ask you to provide examples of when you have demonstrated these competencies.
Case study interview
Case study interviews will ask you to go through a particular business scenario. They are applicable for those going for roles within Consulting or Investment Banking. See our dedicated page on Case Interviews.
Situational interviews are where you are given specific hypothetical situations and are asked to explain how you would respond in that scenario.
Technical interviews are based on testing the knowledge and information you are required to know for the position.
How we support you
The Career and Professional and Development Service can help you prepare for your interview through workshops and 1:1 mock interviews with a Careers Consultant. You can book a mock interview through the Careers Hub, or you can come in to see us if you need an emergency appointment.
Online resources on interview questions and feedback
WetFeet and Vault (accessible through our e-resources page) both provide downloadable guides on interviews. Look out for the WetFeet Ace Your Interview and Beat the Street series. Or the Vault Guide to Finance Interviews, Vault Guide to Private Equity and Hedge Fund Interviews and Vault Guide to the Case Interview. Note: You will need to log-in with your Imperial username and password to access these resources.
We collect interview feedback from other Business School students for you to use in your interview preparations.
The Glassdoor website gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions and salary information for thousands of jobs.