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Interview & CV preparation

Interview & CV preparation

 

  • Research Vodafone before the interview to demonstrate that you have a genuine interest and that you actually took the time to prepare.

  • Re-familiarise yourself with your application form or CV, think about your main achievements and major projects both at work and during your studies and be prepared to talk about them using specific examples.

  • Read the job advertisement very carefully and identify the key accountabilities for the job. Your main job here is to evaluate how it compares to your current job and make a list of your experience, knowledge, skills and achievements to match each one. Write down some examples where you have carried out similar responsibilities in your work or study. Your main goal is to convince the assessors that you can actually do what they require.

  • It is very likely that you will encounter a competency-based type of interview. This focuses on behavioural and technical competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities) you possess and is based on the principle that past behaviour predicts future behaviour.

  • You will be asked to illustrate your key skills through explicit examples, using the STAR method (Situation/Task-Actions-Results). For example, if you were asked to ?Give me an example where you used a particularly organised approach to your job?, a complete answer would be:

    • Situation/Task: On my previous job, every account manager had customers from different areas and as a result time was not managed properly and sales were reduced.
    • Action: I suggested every account manager to have under his/her responsibility one specific geographical area.
    • Result: (1) closer relationships with the customers, (2) better time management & (3) sales increase
  • Use your preparation thus far to note down some examples of your achievements, abilities, behaviour, skills and qualities. Use examples through the STAR method.

  • Respectively, think about the areas you need improvement in and the actions you will use to overcome them.

  • The preparation you have made will help you identify examples from your achievements and capabilities.

    • Have you handled crisis situations?
    • Worked as part of successful teams?
    • Carried through an initiative?
    • Swayed people’s opinions?
    • Have you ever made a misjudgement?

  • Remember to be concise and to the point. Avoid making vague statements that may sound good but provide no specific information about what you actually did.