My tips on how to to prepare for an interview

My role at EY is, Student Recruitment Advisor. This sees me running workshops and events for students, along with managing a pool of EY volunteers who represent our brand. I create and manage marketing plans to ensure that we have brand exposure and interaction with students throughout the year. I am a member of the EY Women's Network and I also take on the position of Disability Champion.

My top tips on how to prepare for an interview

It should come as no surprise that it’s crucial to invest time into the preparation for an interview and the key thing that I see students falling down on is not fully utilising their range of experiences to back up their answers. This is usually because they don’t necessarily have the example in their mind or they think it’s not relevant – both of which can be rectified by preparation!

My advice is to spend an hour or so brainstorm of all the potential examples you could draw on in an interview and the skills utilised. This should include absolutely everything from work experience, society involvement right through to academic situations such as group seminar work. Then from these broad examples you should try and think of specific occasions that you could talk about such as a particular group project you worked on or a particularly challenging day in your part-time job. Once you have these specific examples, try to slot them into the STAR technique:  

S: Situation – a broad introduction to the situation that you are going to be referencing.

T: Task – what were you required to do/complete/look at in the situation you’re going to reference?

A: Action – what did you actually do to address the above? Task and action usually have a bit of overlap with one another.

R: Result – wrap your answer up; what was the outcome?

The STAR technique is a really useful way to structure how you articulate your example as it will not only help you keep on track with your thoughts but it also acts as a signpost for the interviewer, making it easy for them to follow what you are saying.

Doing this for each example that you have will take a little while – but it really will pay off! You will then have thorough notes that you can revisit in the run-up to your interview meaning that the examples will be at the forefront of your mind throughout the interview.

  • Amy Moody

About the author

After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a degree in English Language & Literature; I secured an administrative role at the University of Salford. I regularly volunteered for the Student Recruitment team allowing me to gain a lot of valuable experience with face to face interaction with students. I then moved into overseeing Outreach & Recruitment Activity where I developed a real passion for student recruitment. I started at EY in August 2014 Outside of work I like to run, draw and attend gigs/festivals as much as I can. A couple of random facts include a previous job being a holiday rep in Greece and surviving a hurricane whilst visiting family out in The Bahamas!