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Learn interview skills with online courses and programs

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What are interview skills?

Interview skills encompass a range of competencies and behaviors essential for successfully navigating the job application process. These skills include effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal, to convey qualifications, enthusiasm, and professionalism.

For example, one fundamental interview skill is preparation. This involves researching the company and role, understanding the job requirements, and formulating thoughtful questions. Additionally, practicing answers to common interview questions helps applicants articulate their experiences and skills coherently.

Active listening is another vital skill. Paying attention to the interviewer’s questions and responding thoughtfully demonstrates engagement and comprehension. Non-verbal cues like maintaining eye contact, offering a firm handshake, and dressing appropriately are equally essential for making a positive first impression.

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Interview skills course curriculum

Courses on interview skills can cover a range of topics to help people excel in job interviews, including interview preparation, which can comprise how to research the company, understand the job description, and tailor your responses to align with the specific role and organization.

Another theme can include effective communication and networking, with tips on how to improve your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, such as body language, tone of voice, and listening skills. Courses can also cover how to handle challenging questions, or how to present yourself in a professional manner, including attire, punctuality, and etiquette during the interview process.

Going for an interview can also be stressful, so some courses may provide tips for handling stress and nervousness and maintaining composure under pressure. And with many workplaces becoming remote, learners may have the opportunity to explore how to excel in virtual or remote interviews, including the use of video-conferencing tools and addressing potential technical issues.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including interview skills, communication, and much more. ‌Learning formats may vary depending on the depth of knowledge needed. You can sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (or more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore interview jobs

Studying interview skills can be valuable for various career paths and job roles, which can include: 

  • Human resources professional: Conducts interviews, whether for recruitment, employee evaluations, or disciplinary actions. 

  • Recruiter: Finds and selects candidates for job openings. 

  • Career coach or counselor: Assists people in preparing for job interviews, providing guidance on interview techniques, résumé writing, and overall career development.

  • Communications expert: Trains professionals in effective communication for public relations and media opportunities. 

  • Journalist: Conducts interviews with sources, public figures, or experts. 

  • Customer service professional: Engages in conversations to understand and address customer concerns or resolve issues.

Strong interview skills can help nearly every professional, particularly those who are searching for new jobs. If you are interested in making a career move, brush up on your interview skills with courses offered through edX.