Researching the Position

It is important to know as much as you can about the position you are applying for as it enables you to have a broad understanding of what the job is.

Jobs

The first thing you need to do before a job interview is to research the job position on offer itself.  It is crucial to have a broad understanding of what the job is, and what skills and qualifications are necessary for you to do this job.

The Job Description

  • Make sure you have read the job description carefully, checking for necessary skills and competencies that will be required.  When doing this, think how you fit these, finding examples of you demonstrating these skills and evidence of how you have demonstrated the competencies.  It is also helpful to look at other job descriptions for similar roles, which might give you an idea of additional skills which would be useful in the role, in addition to those which are in the job advert for which you are applying.

Day to Day

  • It is a constructive idea to find out what the job will actually be like on a day to day basis.  To understand this, it is helpful to read and follow blogs and twitter accounts by experts and others already doing the job.  There are also plenty of online forums, where questions are posted.  For example, if you are looking at a career in law, one good forum to look at is www.rollonfriday.com.  You can also ask about taster days, which will allow you to experience the job first hand.

Phone Up

  • If you feel there is something you really need to know about the job, and you cannot find it anywhere else, ask the company directly, preferably by phone.  Any company should be happy to give you any additional information you want about the role.  It is always a good idea to contact the company before and after the interview by phone, as it will demonstrate that you are engaged, and demonstrates your genuine enthusiasm for the job.

How You Might Fit In

  • You should consider how this role fits your skill set and what you have to offer.  This could be anything, not just your qualifications.  It is important to think about this because the clearer you are on why this job suits you, the more enthusiastic you will appear, and your reasons will be more substantive, showing the employer why you are the best candidate for the role.
  • You should also be considering how the company culture will affect the particular role you will be performing.  If the emphasis is on teamwork and openness, this may change how you perform your role within the company.
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