Resource Database: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Title Interview Skills
Originator Brian Paul Hindle
Department Department of Geography, University of Salford, M5 4WT
Tel. +44 (0)161-745-54750
Fax. +44 (0)161-745-55015

Interview skills are a vital requirement for graduates, but are seldom practised in a semi-realistic context.

Students are concurrently working in groups of 7-8 on Project work (see separate entry). They are asked to imagine that they have been given funds to employ a Research Assistant to aid them in their current task. They draw up a job specification, and students in the next group have to apply for that job by means of a curriculum vitae and accompanying letter. The first group then interviews all members of the second group, and so on round all the groups.

Instruction includes two videos (Write Giving Full Details, & Tell Me Mr Dunstone [available from Southampton University]).

The letters, CVs and interviews are assessed independently by a staff member and the interviewing group; they must then negotiate and agree a final ranking. The job specifications and the running of the interview panel are assessed by a staff member. Assessment forms part of the overall Project total (see separate entry).

Most students regard this as the single most valuable transferable skill they obtain; in particular it is valuable to have had experience of interviewing others.


Curriculum vitae
Interview skills
Role play

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