Prepare to succeed
The key to doing well in any interview is to prepare. Spend some time going through the employer’s website. Make sure you understand what the company does and where it operates. A large project such as Hinkley Point C (HPC) involves many contractors – so make sure you learn about the right one! There’s lots of useful information on the Young HPC pages.
Take time to research everything there is to know about the HPC project too. Have a look at EDF’s website but also, take a look at Start Profile and some of the films on YouTube to get an idea of what it’s like to work here.
Look on the employer’s website. Their About us page should give you a good overview of their mission, or goals such as sustainability and inclusivity. Try to think about how these align with your own goals or actions. Look also at any news page, blogs or social posts. What does the company talk about? Which charities does it support? Identify the things you have in common.
Next, focus specifically on the job you’re applying for. Ask to see the job description if you haven’t already been given one. Study the roles and responsibilities of the job. And consider how your training, skills or experience will help you meet or exceed them. See our skills and behaviours pages if you need more help on identifying these. And think ahead of examples to demonstrate your key skills and behaviours, like problem solving and resilience.
Plan ahead how you’ll answer common interview questions. For instance, what things on your CV might an employer ask about? If you spent a summer working as a holiday rep, can you talk about the experience? What did you do, what did you learn, and how it might be relevant to this job? Get more advice on interviews in our interview techniques section.
And if the employer has given you an exercise to complete, or presentation to prepare in advance, make sure you do this in good time. Share it ahead of the interview, just in case there are any technology hiccups on the day. As one HPC recruiter told us: “I had to give a presentation recently during an online call, and I sent it through earlier – just in case the technology let me down. It was a good idea, as screen sharing failed to work on the call!”