Careers Service


Congratulations you have been invited for an interview for a job or course.

For many interviews it is likely you will be asked questions around:

  • Why you have applied to the organisation or institution.
  • Why you are interested in the role or course.
  • Assessing if you have the skills and attributes to do the job or complete the course.

Many interviews include competency or strength based questions, and for some roles you may be asked technical or commercial questions.

To find out more download our comprehensive interview guide to find out about types of interviews, including skype and telephone. Includes example questions.

Prepare and practise

Understanding the requirements of the job or course will help you to predict the types of questions you may be asked.

Practising your technique will help you to structure your answers effectively.

  • Information and advice Talk to a member of the Information team without appointment for advice and tips.
  • Careers guidance appointment Discuss interview technique, get tips for preparing for a forthcoming interview or chat about how a past interview went.

Interview simulation at The Atrium in University Place

The simulation will take the form of a role play where the Careers Consultant takes the part of the interviewer and asks you questions before giving you feedback on your performance. The questions will be based on your application and job/course details which you need to submit in advance. Suitable for a job or postgraduate course interview.

  • Bookable when you have a real interview coming up, please book as soon as the date of your real interview is confirmed.
  • Interview simulation slots are 30 minutes long, if you have a disability you may book a 60 minute appointment.
  • You are able to book one interview simulation per academic year.
  • All appointments are subject to availability.
  • If you arrive late for a careers appointment it may not be practical to give you the advice you need and you may be asked to rebook.

Please note: we are unable to simulate group, panel, technical or research based interviews, nor can we predict the exact questions you will face at your real interview.

Booking instructions

Either book in person or by phoning 0161 275 2829. You will be asked to:

  • Provide your ID number, name and up to date contact details.
  • Upload a copy of your application and details about the job/course to CareersLink 48 hours before the appointment.

Need to cancel your appointment?

If you are unable to make or no longer need your appointment please cancel it in good time.
To cancel: please ring 0161 275 2829.

Worried about affording an interview outfit?

Smart Works is a charity which offers women a free outfit for a job interview. You need to book a 2 hour appointment with them and travel to one of their offices, (the closest to campus is in Stockport, close to the railway station). The first hour of the appointment is a fashion consultation where a volunteer helps you select your outfit which is yours to keep, including accessories such as shoes, coat and tights. The second hour is interview advice and support.

  • Book with the Manchester Smart Works office by phoning 0161 974 0669.
    N.B their website says you must be referred by a partner agency but they have told us they are happy for women to self-refer. If you have any difficulties contact us and we will refer you.
  • You must have a real interview coming up.
  • There is no means-test to qualify.

Smart Works only provide outfits for women. Unfortunately we are not aware of a similar service for men at this time.,

Interview insights

‌‌Check our interview feedback file in the Atrium to find out what other students were asked at interview.

Want to tell us how your interview went? Complete an Interview feedback form for the file and email it to