How we shortlist candidates
In your application we’ll be looking to see how you meet the criteria specified in the job description. Those applicants who best match the criteria will be shortlisted and invited for interview. We’ll let you know the outcome of your application, whether you are successful or not. Please be aware that we are only able to provide feedback to applicants who attend an interview. This is due to the large volume of applications we receive.
Your interview - some practicalities
If you are shortlisted for a role, we’ll invite you to attend an interview. We normally send the invitation by email, so look out for it in case it goes into your junk mail. We’ll also let you know if you need to give a presentation or complete a work-based test as part of your interview.
When we email you with the interview instructions, we’ll let you know what documents you need to bring with you to the interview. These will include evidence of your right to work in the UK so make sure that you have the correct documentation. We’ll take copies of your documents at the interview.
Pre-interview meetings: For some senior positions, you may be given the opportunity to meet with staff in the faculty or department for an informal discussion. We will get in touch with you via email or phone to arrange times to suit you.
Workplace adjustments: We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process and we encourage applicants to share their disability so we can accommodate any specific arrangements, in particular for the selection process. Wherever we can, we’ll make adjustments so you can compete to the best of your ability and, if successful, to assist you during your employment. If you’d like to discuss any workplace adjustments please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities: Prayer rooms and breastfeeding facilities are usually available on our campuses. Please let us know if you think you’ll need access to these or other facilities.
Keeping you informed: We’ll let you know the result of your interview as soon as we are able to do so. Let us know if you’d like feedback on your interview and we’ll be happy to provide it.
Preparing for your interview
It’s important to prepare for your interview. Check whether you’ve been asked to do any selections tests or give a presentation. Make sure you have any documents that you’ve been asked to brign to the interview – for example, your passport to show you have the right to work in the UK. Here are some additional practical steps you can take to help you feel ready to meet the panel and answer their questions.
Research: Find out as much as you can about King’s, the department you have applied to, and who will be interviewing you. You’ll find plenty of information on our website. Be ready to explain why you want the job and what you can offer the university.
Read your application: It may sound elementary but can you remember what you put in your application form? The interview panel may ask you to explain or elaborate on the details you provided.
Check the selection criteria: The panel will be looking for evidence that you meet the job criteria in the job description. Think of some examples from your current and previous work or academic experience that demonstrate how you meet the criteria and are the best candidate for the job. You could also identify examples in your personal life that show how you meet the criteria. You’ll probably need to provide different examples for a range of questions – try thinking of some possible questions and practice answering them.
Prepare some questions: It’s not compulsory but asking questions, usually at the end of the interview, gives you an opportunity to show your interest in the role, the department and King’s. For example, what are the future plans for the team or department you are applying to; are there opportunities for training and career development.
Plan your journey: Do you know where you’re going for your interview? This information will be in the email inviting you to interview. Plan your route in advance, allowing for potential transport delays. Bring the phone number of the person who invited you to the interview just in case you get lost or are running late.