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Are you ready for your close-up: developments in video interviewing

As someone with 20 years experience in graduate recruitment and careers work I can honestly never remember a time when there has been so much change in the tools that recruiters are using to select candidates.  The days of a single, face to face interview are almost behind us as more and more recruiters look to use sophisticated technology-driven methods, with associated pros and […]


Interviews for Academic Posts

If you’re currently undertaking a PhD you may already be thinking about life after the viva, in particular, securing an academic position. But before that happens, you have to have an academic interview! Fear not, our recent PhD Seminar with Anton Harder, LSE PhD International History (2016) and Bernard Keenan, LSE PhD Law (2018) covered just that. Both Anton, who is […]


Polishing the STAR: enhancing your interview answers

So if you’ve seen our earlier blog on the STAR formula you’ll be familiar with STAR as a way of structuring answers to competency based questions.  Our guest blogger Mike Higgins is back with some tips to help make your interview answers even stronger. The art of interviewing is the art of storytelling You can’t disguise a competency-based question – it is […]


Follow the guiding STAR – and nail those interview questions

Many organisations use competency-based questions for at least part of their recruitment process, so it pays to be aware of what you may be asked and develop some robust strategies for answering them. In the first of two blogs on interview technique our guest blogger Mike Higgins shares his insights into how to approach competency questions. What I see when doing practice interviews […]


Video interviews – the why, what and how

Blog by LSE Careers consultant Maddie Smith: We’re seeing a year on year increase in the numbers of organisations using video interviews to conduct first round interviews so it’s important to be prepared. Video interviews (VIs) are not designed to catch you out. In much the same way as a telephone or other first round interview, recruiters are looking at how […]


5 top tips for telephone interviews

Many employers use telephone interviews to screen applicants. Follow our five top tips to help you get through to the next stage of the recruitment process! 1. Prepare, prepare, prepare just as you would for any type of interview Research the sector, organisation and role and think about your genuine reasons for wanting the role. Review your application and think about which […]


Succeeding at strengths based interviewing

What is it? Employers such as EY, Barclays, Aviva, Nestle and Standard Chartered use strengths based questions, instead of competency questions, to assess their candidates at interview. A strengths based interview focuses on your strengths and what you enjoy doing, rather than what you can do as in a competency interview. Everyone has strengths whereas not everyone has the necessary […]


Interview advice and basics

‘Tell me a joke’ said the stern faced recruiter to the quaking candidate. Interviews are scary! Whether you’re facing your first or your twentieth, interviews have the power to make even the bravest of us nervous and tongue-tied. Whilst we can all prepare for the most obvious of questions there is always the fear of the unexpected: questions like the […]


What to wear for a job interview

First impressions are vital – what you wear to an interview will affect how you are perceived by the employer. Luckily, our careers consultants have some advice for how to dress well! For a formal interview (one in which you have been invited by the employer), you should always dress smartly. As a general rule, an appropriate interview outfit for […]


How LSE Careers can help you with your interview

Congratulations, you’ve been offered an interview – all those hours of writing the perfect application have paid off! Perhaps you’ve been offered a telephone, Skype/video, or face-to-face interview. Maybe they’ll be asking you competency, strengths based, motivational, brain teaser, technical, case study, or situational judgement questions. Whatever you’re due to face, LSE Careers can help support your preparation: Read our […]


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