Internships and other work experiences
Internships and other work experiences

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Internships and other work experiences

2 Typical interview questions

Interview preparation and technique is covered in depth by many excellent resources. Visit the Open University Careers and Employability page on CVs [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , application forms and interviews to find out more.

When applying for work experience, the style of interview might vary. For example, an internship or placement interview is likely to be formal and structured, whereas an interview for part-time work or volunteering might be less so.

Typical questions in a more formal interview are likely to fall into two categories: competency-based questions and strengths-based questions. You will look at these each in turn next.


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