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Interviews, Tests and Assessment Centres

Recruiters will use a wide range of selection methods to assess your skills, experience, motivation and general suitability for whatever it is you've applied for. When you're preparing for these, there is a lot of support available to help you...


Our staff and Career Professionals from across The Careers Group, University of London have provided reviews and descriptions of a wide range of websites and other e-resources to help you prepare for any type of interview, assessment centre or other recruitment exercise, (such as psychometric tests). Links to these can be found on our online careers resource library - Careers Tagged.*

Use general Search Tags such as "interviews", "assessment centres" or "psychometric tests" or more specific Tags such as "case interviews", "verbal reasoning", "e-tray exercises", "situational judgement tests" etc. to get listings of relevant resources including:

  • Help sheets from The Careers Group
  • General interview, assessment centre and/or aptitude test guides which provide overviews of the different types of selection methods used by recruiters and how they're assessed plus tips on how best to prepare for them
  • Listed of commonly asked interview questions
  • Free sample aptitude test questions to give you online practice
  • Online discussion forums so you can hear from other students who've been through similar interviews / tests

*This is a subscription-based resource. Current UCL students will need their UCL userid/password to log in. Recent graduates will need to log in to My UCL Careers and use the graduate userid/password provided on the home page.

Interview Simulator

Provided by our parent body, The Careers Group, this online tool provides access to a wide range of interview questions commonly used by graduate recruiters with tips and advice from the interviewers themselves on how they would expect candidates to answer each question.

You can also create your own mock interview by picking relevant questions from the sample questions provided, record a video of yourself answering them against the clock and compare your answers against suggestions from the recruiter.

To access this tool you will either need to:

Practice Aptitude Tests

In addition to the free sample resources suggested via the links above, UCL students / GradClub members also have free access to a number of full length, online, timed tests similar to those used by graduate recruiters. These include:

  • 2 x Verbal Reasoning tests
  • 2 x Numerical Reasoning
  • 1 x Inductive Reasoning
  • 1 x Logical Reasoning
  • 1 x Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • 1 x E-Tray Exercise

You will receive your results and feedback after completing any one of the tests available.

Register now...

To register to access the subscription-based test materials on the Assessment Day website for free, all you will need is your UCL email address. Recent Graduates should read the information about "Email for Life" on the Alumni Relations website for details on accessing your UCL email account after graduation.

Reference, loan and take away resources

We have two DVDs which follow candidates through graduate interviews and an assessment centre which can be watched at UCL Careers:

We also stock a wide range of books on interviews, assessment centres and different types of psychometric tests as shown on the right which will be useful in your preparation.

Click on a book cover to purchase your own copy online or visit our Information Library to use our reference copy or check availability of our loan copies. (Some books can be borrowed on a three-working day loan basis with a cash deposit).

Takeaway Guides / Helpsheets
Paper copies of The Ultimate Careers Guide, (which includes articles on interviews and assessment centres), and our range of downloadable help sheets, (mentioned above), can be collected free of charge from our Information Library (subject to availability).

Student to Student Interview Feedback

UCL students and recent graduates who've been to interviews or assessment centres can give feedback on their experiences for the benefit of other students. A wide range of employers, sectors and course providers are covered and the information includes:

  • Format of interview
  • Questions asked (with examples)
  • Unexpected questions
  • Tips for future applicants

You can access this in the Careers Service Library.

Contribute to our Resources: If you've been to an interview or assessment centre and are happy to tell us how it went, you can add to the above resource by downloading and completing our Interview Feedback Form.

Rooms for Telephone/Skype Interviews

Unfortunately we don't have the space to offer bookable rooms for interviews at UCL Careers, but there are other places on campus you can book rooms.

  • UCL Libraries offer bookable private study rooms across campus which may be appropriate for this purpose. You can book on the UCL Libraries website. You'll need to log in with your library barcode number (on the back of your student card) and PIN.

We organise a wide range of events and workshops, many of which can be really useful to those at the career planning / exploring options stage...

Most events require advance booking so follow the links below for more information on:

  • Employer Presentations (Autumn and Spring Terms): Talks by individual companies which usually include tips on preparing for their particular interview/assessment centre process.
  • Sector Specific Recruitment Fairs (Autumn Term only): A chance to network with large numbers of major graduate recruiters from sectors popular with UCL students and ask informally about interview techniques, tests and assessment centres.
  • Skills4Work Workshops (Autumn Term): A series of employer led workshops, some of which focus on interview and assessment centre skills.
  • Skills4Work Mock Assessment Centres (Autumn and Spring Terms): A chance to practice assessment centre skills at half day workshops led by a range of employers.
  • JumpStart Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at all students and recent graduates which includes sessions on interviews and assessment centres amongst other topics.
  • International Students' Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at International Students which includes sessions on interviews and assessment centres.
  • Masters QuickFix Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at Masters Students which includes sessions on interviews and assessment centres.
  • Researchers Employability Programme (All year  round): A series of Careers Consultant led talks and Employer led networking/recruitment events aimed at recent PhD students and PostDoc Research Staff which includes sessions on interviews and assessment centres.

Alternatively, check our Events Calendar for an overview of all current events and/or register with UCLAlert! to be notified about events you're interested in by email.

Short Guidance

If you have any queries about about what to expect from an interview and want general tips on how to prepare, a one-to-one Short Guidance Appointment with one of our team of Careers Consultants is a great start point.

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Practice Interviews

If you’ve been invited to a real interview, we can help you prepare through an hour long practice session with a Careers Consultant.

Find out more about availability and booking...

Skills4Work One to One Interview Coaching

These are one to one appointments with an employer who has come to UCL Careers to coach students on interview skills. You don't need to have a real interview to book, and you don't need to be interested in working for that particular employer.

Find out more about availability and booking...

Alumni Mentoring

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Speak to UCL Graduates working in the type of job role / sector you're interested in for 1-1 tips and advice on what to expect and how to stand out at interviews and assessment centres.

Through the Alumni Office, all UCL students and graduates have access to the  UCL Alumni Web Community.

Once logged in*, simply follow the "Careers Mentoring" link and you can then search for contact details of UCL Alumni by:

  • UCL Course or Department
  • Year of graduation from UCL
  • Current occupation / field of work
  • The country they're now based in

*Note: Any queries relating to the Alumni Web Community should be directed to the UCL Alumni Office