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.
Practical preparation – top tips
- Be somewhere quiet, with good network reception. Check this in advance.
- Ask the people you live with to be quiet. You do not want to be distracted or have noise in the background.
- Set yourself up in advance. Make sure your phone/tablet/laptop is fully charged – ideally keep it charging during the interview.
- Dress smartly. Wear exactly what you would at a face to face interview.
- Sit up straight. It really does make a big difference to your voice projection.
- Look straight ahead, rather than down or up. Practice this and get the set up correct.
- Read the paper/listen to the news in the few days before the interview. You may be asked about a current news story. You should prepare your thoughts on the news story – why is it of interest to you, what key points were surprising to you, what did you learn from reading it etc.
- Make sure there is good lighting in the room. You need to have the lighting in front of you, not behind you. Do not sit in front of a window with bright sunshine – it will make it hard for the interviewers to see you. Do make sure you have tested this in advance
- Check technical connections.
- Consider what is in the background….tidy up, remove anything too personal that you wouldn’t want the interviewers to see etc.