Research preparation: Job Description
- Know the job description (JD). Thoroughly read the JD and highlight key parts – including the skills that the employer is looking for from candidates.
- Prepare examples of your experiences that evidence that you have the skills on the job description.
- Have two examples of each skill listed. The employer may ask for another example if they feel your first example hasn’t been comprehensive enough to fully demonstrate the skill.
- Focus not just on the ‘how’ part in your example, but also on the outcome/impact – how did the use of that skill enable a great outcome/result.
Research preparation: Employer website
- Thoroughly research the employer. The more you know about and understand the employer, the better targeted your responses will be to the interview questions.
- Review their website and look at the following sections to gain an insight into the employer, key development and culture:
- Values / Culture section
- News and press section
- Careers/working here section
- Follow the employer on LinkedIn and other social media. You will be able to access latest news, updates and insights that could be useful in an interview.
- Check the time! Be ready five minutes before to answer the phone.
- Be somewhere quiet, with good network reception. Check this in advance.
- Tell the people you live with not to come into the room or to make noise outside the room. You do not want to be distracted.
- Set yourself up in advance. Make sure you are at a desk and your phone is fully charged.
- Dress smartly. Even though the employer can’t see you, it is helpful to make sure you are in a ‘professional mindset’.
- Sit up straight. It really does makes a big difference to your voice projection. Some people prefer to stand – it can help energise!
- Read the paper/listen to the news in the few days before the interview. You may be asked about a current news story.