An interview can be used on its own or alongside another assessment, for example to elaborate on arguments made in a previous project. Interviews can also be used to simulate a workplace situation, such as a discussion with a client (real or roleplayed) or a job application. Interviews can also be used as part of an oral exam, where a tutor interviews a student to assess their understanding of a subject.

The interviews could take place 1:1, in front of a group of peers (most useful where real clients are being interviewed), or recorded by the student and submitted as media (text transcript/summary, audio or video recording).

Workload guide

Preparation time Low Student workload Medium Marking time Low

Literacies and skills exhibited

  • One and two-way communication
  • Developing arguments, reflecting, evaluating and assessing
  • Interviewing, negotiating and presenting
  • Arguing, describing and advocating
  • Researching, investigating and interpreting information


  • Write, script and produce a video
  • Debate
  • Podcast


Where interviews take place live, marking is normally undertaken by an observer, to allow the interviewee to focus on the interview itself. This could include peer marking if performed in front of a peer group (see oral presentation). If a recording is submitted, marking is made easier through a clear criteria and use of rubrics.


Feedback is most usefully provided orally, straight after the interview, by both markers and peers. The interviewee might also be willing to give feedback to the group. Even for submitted recordings, there is value in feeding back to the whole group, to generate a discussion around interview preparation, approaches, etc.

Further reading

Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching


Guide to time involved in preparation, marking, and student workload:  Low Low  Medium Medium  High High

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