Interview Skills

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A relatively small part of the interview process is about knowledge. Interviews are really communication exercises where you are expected to demonstrate your suitability in a mature, enthusiastic and confident manner.


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It is often quoted that interviewers make their decision about your suitability to a post within the first 30 - 60 seconds! They then spend the rest of the allocated interview time justifying their initial impression about you. Obviously within specialised roles it is vital to be able to demonstrate that you have the required qualifications and knowledge or skill set. This will usually be determined from your CV and if granted an interview, it is then time to "sell yourself" with confidence.

Through the interview process, the interviewers will be assessing the following 3 key areas:

  1. Are you competent enough to do the job? Do you have the right skills and experience?
  2. Do you have the right attitude? Are you motivated, enthusiastic and driven?
  3. Will you fit in? Do you have a personality that will help you get on with people?

More often than not, interviews are organised in a "structured" format, interviewers are not simply having a general discussion with you. They will have a range of questions designed to test specific skills and competencies.

Before you can convince a stranger that you are the candidate for the job, it is vital that you convince yourself. The truth is that many candidates have not really thought about what they can offer, how they can "sell" themselves at interview. Good interview candidates have practised, practised, practised so that everything they say has been thought through and rehearsed. Your aim is to come across as genuine, unrehearsed and enthusiastic. To achieve this you need to gain a good understanding of some of the fundamental pillars of communication.

There are many useful techniques that you can use to build confident interview answers. Many of the techniques covered in the Communication and N.L.P. training course  apply to interview situations.

The Aim

The aim of the Interview skills session is to acquire a good understanding of key communication techniques applicable to the interview situation. Delegates will leave with the ability to positively portray their skills and knowledge. As many interviews now consist of a panel of interviewers, a mock role play is set up, with delegates getting the chance to experience sitting on both sides of the table. This provides valuable insight into the dynamics of the processes involved and highlights the importance of non-verbal behaviour.

i4 Training also provides 1:1 coaching for people (with or without video feedback). Please contact us to find out more about our sessions and rates.


By the end of the training session delegates will:

1. Understand the importance of preparation, including brainstorming their skills and experience.

2. Be able to create a positive first impression with impact!

3. Discover how effective body language can greatly influence the outcome of any interaction. 

4. Have practised "selling themselves" in an interview situation. (with video feedback on request)

5. Discussed how to handle difficult interview questions.

COURSE DURATION: half or full day.

If you would like to hear what other delegates have said about i4 Training, please visit our testimonials page.


" Jo Irwin of i4 Training provided intern medical interview training for the Mid-Western Network in 2014. The overall experience was excellent....... Jo was punctual, prepared and required little assistance....... Her session provided a great learning environment where the junior doctors were challenged, but not threatened. I would recommend the service provided by Jo for interview skills training."

Dr Laoise Griffin. Intern Tutor Mid-West Network, University Hospital Limerick.