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Job Hunting: Have you done your research?

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As Storm Bronagh viciously made her way into the UK last week, long gone is the scorching heatwave that took over the nation and made those early morning wake up calls a little easier. With darker mornings and much busier evenings as we experience a mad rush of traffic – it’s completely normal for this time of year to make someone who is already unhappy in their job even more stressed and fatigued. If the time has come for you to move on, it may have been more than a just a few months since you last attended an interview or even thought about how to prepare for such a meeting.


So, are you on the hunt for a new position but no idea where to start your search?


Although you might get thrown off by how time consuming research can be – it is key to take the time to delve into each company and role you apply for. Not only will your application be better tailored to the position you want (screaming the right keywords at your recruiter) but you will also respond much quicker to any questions fired at you during interview. Above all, after finding out what business you are applying for you want to make sure you really do want to work there.


The what, the who, the where?


Whether you go through a recruiter or directly to the firm you want to work for, sealing the interview invite is just the first hurdle. Research does not just start and end with a company website – here is where you will find essential information regarding background, the team, structure and their products/services. To get the best from your research, take to their social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Linked in to see how active and engaging the business are online. You can also read up on business reviews on sites such as Glassdoor to see what past and current employees have said about working here. 


Once you know where to look then you can begin your preparation, starting with a few key questions:


What do they do? You want to know what products they sell or what services they offer.
Who do they work with? Think about their audience - are they business to business or business to consumer? 
What does the company culture look like? Do the business values align with yours? If you are unhappy in your current role, this may have something to do with a negative atmosphere and culture – this should be top of your list to find out.
What recent changes have occurred? You want to stay up to date with their latest movements and be interested in joining them in the future, with whatever they have planned. Check the ‘about us’ section of the company website to see recent developments or individual successes.
What do they look for in an employee? Revise the job specification to understand what key skills, attributes and experience they desire the most and align your answers with this.
What does the competition look like? Be aware of who the business runs up against and take note of what makes them different. Furthermore WHY you want to work for this company as opposed to others similar.
What are the progression opportunities? This is probably one of the most important parts to any move – you want to get better and higher than you were before. Make sure you take a look if there any senior vacancies coming up to get a rough idea of whether internal progression here is an option. 


Something to remember after taking in all this information is that everything must be relayed in the right amounts. Although it is impressive to demonstrate how much you know, make sure you only talk about what is relevant at interview. Pulling all of your information together around specific points should be enough to set you apart from your own competition.


If you are still searching for the perfect role, take a look at our jobs page https://www.startpeopleltd.co.uk/job-search 

 

By Nina Yeulett on 25 Sep 2018

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