Interview FAQs

Common questions and answers about STP interviews.

Will the interviews be virtual this year?

Yes, the interviews will be virtual.

How can I prepare for my interview?

It is natural to be nervous before and during the interview ‐ try not to let those nerves get to you by ensuring you prepare well. Here are some tips and things to consider before your interview:

  • make sure you are familiar with the job description and person specification
  • remind yourself of what you wrote in your application on how you met the requirements
  • think about what type of questions you may be asked and how you might answer them
  • you may wish to hold a mock interview with a friend or family member
  • prepare some questions to ask the panel if time allows – however, be careful not to ask for information that has already been provided or discussed during the interview
  • make sure you have a quiet space free from interruptions, for example children, pets and doorbells
  • be of a professional appearance, generally this means smart office-style clothing
  • have a glass of water available during your interview – if you need a bit of time to think while answering a question, take a sip of water which will also help to relax your nerves.
  • if you need a bit of time to think of the best answer, please do so
  • be aware of your body language
  • try to be as professional, motivated, interested and confident as possible
  • be open and honest, if you do not know the answer then let the panel know. The panel are experienced interviewers who will know if you do not know the answer
  • don’t worry if the panel are silent while they write notes
  • be enthusiastic but don’t constantly interrupt the panel
I will require reasonable adjustments for my interview. What do I need to do?

You will need to complete this on your application form when applying. If the requirement has occurred since applying email with details and appropriate evidence to corroborate the request.