UCL Careers


Interview coaching

interview coaching

If you have been invited to an interview, this one-to-one roleplay coaching session can help you prepare for the real thing.

Appointment formats

To help look after the health of the UCL community during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, ALL one-to-one appointments will take place online, (using Teams), as it is safer to do. Where connectivity issues may prevent you from getting careers support in this format, please do get in touch with us. Please follow the booking guidelines for different appointment types below for further details.

What to expect

These appointments are one-to-one with our Careers Consultants and generally involve:

  • A role play exercise based around typical interview questions for whatever role or sector you have applied for
  • Feedback from the Careers Consultant on all aspects of your performance in this exercise. This includes your interview style, technique and the strength of your answers for the role
  • Some self reflection to help identify example answers to show evidence of your particular skills and experience
  • Advice on further preparation and how to improve on any weak areas
  • Time for you to ask additional questions or address any other concerns you have about the real thing

What it won't cover

Technical interviews

There are a range of different industry areas where this technical interviews are common. Many of the sector specific ‘Interview preparation’ resources we provide will include tips on how to prepare for this type of interview.

Recruiters may be testing your knowledge on a specific subject area that our consultants may not be familiar with. As such, we will be unable to replicate this particular element of the interview process during your session.

However, we can provide tips and advice on how you should prepare for these sorts of questions.

Phone and video interviews

As the appointment will include feedback and further discussion after the role play element, we would recommend having the appointment in person. We wouldn't try to simulate a phone or video experience even if you've been invited to this type of interview.

The ‘Interview preparation’ resources we provide will include tips on how to prepare for these types of interview. The consultant will be able to discuss this with you as part of the session.

If you are unable to attend in person (e.g those who live outside of London), we can offer practice interviews via Skype as detailed below.

Unable to visit in person

Due to the nature and format of the interview coaching appointments, we strongly recommend that you attend in person if possible.

If you're not based in London or will find it difficult to come to UCL Careers for your practice interview, the careers consultant can conduct the role play exercise and provide feedback via Skype.

If you would like a Skype appointment, you must mention this at the point of booking and send us your Skype userid so that we can contact you.

Please note, due to the nature of this type of coaching session, we are unable to conduct practice interviews by phone.

If you would like to talk to a careers consultant over the phone preparing for an interview or discuss any queries or concerns you have, you can book a ‘Short guidance’ appointment instead of a practice interview.

Book now

When you have been invited to an interview, download and complete the booking form to provide information on what you are being interviewed for and what you would like to improve through the session.

Please give as much detail as possible so that we can tailor the session appropriately – failure to do so will delay the booking of your appointment.

Return the completed form to UCL Careers by email and we will contact you to let you know what appointment availability we have.

Appointments are allocated on a first come first served basis so we would recommend sending the form in as soon as you can.

Due to high demand for these appointments, we cannot guarantee we will have availability before your interview.

If there are no appointments available before your interview, we will keep the information you provided and contact you if there are any cancellations.

We recommend that you check availability of our ‘Short guidance’ appointments online. These can be used to discuss interview techniques if there is limited availability of the “Practice interview” slots.

Download and complete a booking form

Send us the booking form by email

Note: The form it is a Word document. if you are having trouble opening the files you can use desktop@UCL Anywhere to access your UCL desktop which gives access to Microsoft Word.