Interviews can vary greatly from company to company so it can be difficult to know what to expect, particularly if you’ve only recently left the military and are experience a civilian interview for the first time. An interview could be made up of just one stage, others can be made up to three and maybe even more.


A telephone interview will usually be the your first contact (other than maybe emails) with the employers and is the beginning of the interview process. A telephone interview will be pre-scheduled, giving you time to prepare.


This is the most traditional type of interview and in most cases will be the type of interview you will face to get the job. You can get a lot more from a face-to-face interview than from a telephone interview as you meet the recruiter personally and can impress them in a number of ways such as how well you are dressed, your mannerisms or facial expressions.

Assessment Centre 

An assessment centre is a structured interview often with other candidates and can last a whole day with some employers. You will be given tasks and exercises to complete some of which may be within a group and others on your own. An assessment centre interview allows an employers to see more of you and how you interact. It is also a great opportunity for you to show off your transferable skill sets.


It is quite common now to be asked to do a presentation as part of your interview. This is usually quite short and on a topic relating to the company. Presentations can be done with or without PowerPoint depending on what the employers as for and the facilities available during interview. A presentation shows more of your skills sets such as research and being able to speak to and engage an audience.


Psychometric testing is becoming more common and can feel difficult to prepare for. This type of testing focuses on who you are as a person and your personality. This usually takes the form of a questionnaire with no right and wrong answers, instead looking at how you answer. You can’t really pass or fail however you should keep in mind what the employer is looking for.


Roleplay is just what you think. You will act out a scenario with a member of the employers team. Roleplay lets the employer see how you interact and if you react appropriately to a situation. It is also a situation where you have little control and have to think on your toes.

If you’re preparing for an interview, unsure what to expect and looking for support in preparing then a Hire a Hero Career Coach could help. Get in touch:


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