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The University of Sheffield

How to Succeed at: Interviews

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn


Being offered an interview is exciting but can be quite daunting. On this course, our experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield will make sure you are prepared for the big day.

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 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.


  • Preparing for interviews
    • Welcome to Week 1
    • Getting ready for the day
    • Thorough preparation does work
    • Summary of the week
  • Dealing with interviews
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Creating a positive impression
    • Getting to grips with interview questions
    • Closing stages
    • End of week summary
  • Handling different types of interview
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Successful telephone and video interviews
    • Other non-standard interviews
    • End of course summary

Taught by

Hilary Jones and Pamela Hafekost


4.8 rating, based on 462 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 491 ratings

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    Julius Mensah
    How to Succeed at Interviews" is an outstanding guide that provides invaluable insights and practical tips for acing job interviews. The book is well-structured and covers every aspect of the interview process, making it an indispensable resource fo…
  • I am able to learn many essential things required in a professional interview for a candidate.

    This course not only for beginners, it is equally important for any professional candidate those who are going to appear an interview. Even, HR and other people who are closely related to the recruitment process, this course is very helpful to them.
  • I learned in detail some of the possibilities about what I already had lived about job interviews, but with more detailed and clear information about, and also learned a lot about other possibilities I never faced before when going for interviews.

    Really useful information, nice and useful files to download and study more, a nice course to take!
  • It is a very helpful course with templates you can download to help you prepare for interviews. The information is quite useful and presents more modern and current recruitment scenarios such as video interviews.

    The course can be used both if you are applying to higher education programs or jobs.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent explanation of recruiting process via simple steps to professional career growth. Readiness to quality preparations is the best choice for the desired workplace. Recommend trying the helpful tips personally!
  • Ronny De Winter completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    When you are looking for a job and have planned some interviews, it is always good to prepare yourself. This course helps you with that, how to prepare and how to deal with interviews.
    That being said the tips being given are quite straight forward, and unless you never did an interview before most of it sounds like common sense. Anyway, it can help to go with more confidence in that important interview. You can never be too prepared!
  • this course answered all my questions and calmed my worries about both job interviews and school interviews. Was very insightful and gave excellent advice, highly recommend it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course has armed me in various ways. I came with this thought that - 'I know enough of interviews' but when I dug into week 1, I started to get convinced that there was much more than I knew. The various templates were so helpful and informativ…
  • Anonymous
    I had been in interviews for weeks with no luck so I kept submiting my CV and right after finishing week 1 got an invitation for an interview. During this interview I applied a lot of hat I learned in week 1 and got a second interview and got selected, however I decided to finish this course because I felt I still had a lot to learn from this wonderful course.

    Great course I highly recommend
  • Pamela Gayle Johnson

    Pamela Gayle Johnson completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is great for all levels:
    1) Beginners would get the most out of it;
    2) Intermediate would also find it very helpful; and
    3) Advanced level course attendees would still find this course very good for basic reviews of interview techniques to maximize self-confidence in handling any job search interview situation.

    The downloadable pdf's are great reminders (to avoid future nervousness)!

    Thank you for this on-line course!
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. It's a complete package for interview preparation. I enjoyed a lot during the course and have taken a lot of valuable questions, information, strategies,.... mainly STAR strategy to face an interview successfully.
  • Profile image for Njoki M
    Njoki M
    This course was everything I needed to refresh my memory on how best to excel at interview preparation; including the things I thought I already knew but had taken for granted how important they really are.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found out the course very substantial, factful and extremely usefull for those who are going to prepeare for job interview. The lessons, videos and texts inside are not long that make study easy to access, understand and follow. It seems that high class professionals worked out the course, thank you a lot! Hugs
  • Anonymous
    Well prepared and presented course, it's inspiring and encouraging.full of good stuffs to kick off your interviews and finish off successfully.
  • Anonymous
    It is a complete guide on how to prepare for a job interview. I enjoyed and learn a lot from the course.
  • Profile image for Seng Lihou
    Seng Lihou
    This course is really really great for me to improve my situation in any other advanced interviews. and I would like to recommend this course to friends and colleagues to find out what is more important about an interview.
  • Sylvia Amar completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    It's a very good course, easy to follow. The material you can download is very good. I learned tips and rational ways to answer an interview for applying a job.
  • Anonymous
    It is very important course for any one to help find a good job

    It's contain all detailed about what should you say and what should you feel what should you dress and the time how to deal with exercises

    Good luck
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed and learn new things about an interview. It's a pleasure place that I participated in this course and I shared my ideas with others.

    Thank you for making such as great course.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course and found it very helpful. I liked the different types of medium and material used. The quizzes towards the end were useful and thought provoking. Also enjoyed learning about the different style of questions and formats an interview can take. As an older candidate looking to re-enter the workforce, this has given me the tools and confidence to apply to positions within a changing workplace.

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