This article was written by Adam Laws, Team Leader of our Recruitment and Sourcing Team.

If you’re looking for a fresh approach to job-hunting, we’ve got some brilliant tips on how to make the best of every opportunity.

Let’s focus on interviews. They’re often the first impression a prospective new employer gets of you, and it can be nerve-wracking. Never fear however, as our senior recruiter Adam Laws has some practical top tips on how to prepare for an interview.


Research the company

It may sound simple, but this is often the most overlooked aspect of interviews. Do as much research as you can - consult the company website, the manager's LinkedIn page, and do some Googling. Your interviewer doesn't need to have every tiny detail of their company's history recited back to them, but showing you've done your research will demonstrate care and curiosity about the role.

 

Show you'd be a good fit

Match up the duties of the role and experience the interviewer is looking for to the experience you already have. Think about what kind of questions may be asked and spend some time practicing your answers beforehand.

 

Be prepared

If your interview is on Teams, Zoom, Hangouts, etc., then check your computer is set up properly, the sound is working, and your cat isn't going to stroll across your desk five minutes in. In face-to-face interviews, research how long it'll take to get you there and what to bring with you.

 

Keep it relevant

If you're asked to provide an example of a certain scenario, then try to use an example from a recent and similar role. You want the manager to be able to relate to how that will be advantageous to them and the role you would be doing. This is less likely to happen if your example is a role from a decade ago in a very different environment.

 

Be honest

People who aren't will get caught out. It may not be right away, but eventually the truth will emerge. If your interviewer asks about experience that you don’t have, don’t pretend that you do, but instead try and provide an example of similar experience or skills that you think would be transferrable.

 

Show an interest

This is a great opportunity to sell your strengths back to the interviewer. The questions they ask you will be like what they’ve asked the other candidates, but you can differentiate yourself from the competition by asking really strong, researched questions. Questions can be about the role but also the business in general – growth opportunities, career development, etc. This demonstrates genuine interest in the job and will leave a great impression on the hiring manager.

 

Get your personality across

It’s easy to say “Just be yourself”, but people really do buy from people, and if you are in competition with other candidates, it can come down to how well the manager will think you'll fit within the team. It’s just as meaningful for you to come away from the interview thinking “Will I enjoy working with them?"

 

Take your time

Think before you start to talk – form your answer in your mind and you will come across clearer and more concise. Have a glass of water and take a sip if you need to buy yourself an extra second of thinking time, and your hiring manager will also be impressed by your dedication to regular hydration.

 

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Online interviews are becoming increasingly popular, but trying to sell yourself via a video link, using software such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts, can often feel a bit daunting. After all, it's not the most natural way for many of us to truly engage with people we've never met before! 

So here are ten online interview tips to help reduce the stress and land you the job: 

1. Test your technology

The minute you agree to an online interview, test your technology to ensure you're set up for success. Check your internet connectivity, and confirm that your camera and microphone are working properly.

Also check that you can actually connect to the particular software that is being used for the interview, just in case you need to make any adjustments to your settings or install supporting software beforehand.

On the day of your interview, test your equipment and internet connection again. The last thing you want is the embarrassment of not being able to connect at the crucial moment, especially as technical savvy is one of the top traits employers are looking for. 

2. Check your setting 

Find a room with optimal lighting, preferably near a window, and ideally with a blank wall behind you to guarantee that you're the focal point of the conversation. Ensure that your surroundings are neat and tidy.

Check that you won't be shrouded in shadow or washed out by glare - the interviewer needs to be able to see you properly to establish any sort of rapport.

Choose an area that is free from all noise distractions.

And remember, if you were attending an interview in an office, you would turn your phone off. So ensure your phone is switched off or on silent! 

3. Dress for success

Dressing the same way as you would for an in-person interview will put you in the right frame of mind. It will also avoid any embarrassment if you need to move mid-interview!

This may be the first impression that the interviewer has of you, so it is imperative that they see you are taking the interview just as seriously as you would if you were sat in the same room as them. 

4. Research and plan ahead

Like any other interview, make sure that you have researched the company ahead of time and have prepared any questions you have for the employer about the role, company etc.

Print out a copy of your CV and have it to hand, so you can refer to it if necessary.

5. Engage! 

You can't firmly shake a hiring manager's hand or as easily exude enthusiasm via video. But you can monitor your body language and remain engaged with your interviewer. The main way to communicate confidence is to sit up straight, smile, and keep the camera at eye level.

Looking at the camera, rather than your image on the screen will help you look as engaged as possible.

And while you'll want to keep your posture straight, leaning slightly forward towards the camera can help increase eye contact and allow the interviewer to get a better sense of your enthusiasm. 

6. Be yourself 

This could be the first time that you have ever conducted a video interview, but it's important that the employer gets a real sense of who you are. The hiring manager will be looking to see that you are not only capable from a technical perspective, but that you are also the right fit for their culture. This can be challenging during an online interview because there is a physical disconnect. It's more difficult for the interviewer to feel your enthusiasm through the screen, so make sure you're expressive when talking and answering questions.

It is essential that you wow the interviewer, not only with your skills and experience, but also with your personality. 

7. Address any technical gremlins

If you experience a technical glitch like a weak connection or interference, always ask the interviewer to repeat what they were saying or asking.

If the problem continues, politely mention it and suggest that you reconnect - you don't want to miss any crucial information, or let technical gremlins get in the way of giving your very best performance. 

8. Follow up

Within a few hours of the interview, call your consultant to feed back your thoughts on how the interview went and your interest in the role.

It is also very important to express how you found the video interview and if there is anything you would say or do differently if given the chance to interview again. This shows self-awareness and honesty. And what employer doesn't value these traits in an employee? 

9. Think practically 

  • Your username - you may already have a username for personal video calls, but is it suitably professional?
  • Notes - have any notes or documents you might need at your fingertips, ideally printed out and therefore easy to refer to 
  • Headphones - always advised as they tend to minimise feedback when on a video call 

10. Prepare!

It doesn't matter what the interview format is, preparation is still key!

Good interview preparation will also give you hat all-important confidence that could really set you apart from other candidates. You will feel more in control and therefore psychologically better placed to shine and show yourself to be the start that you are!

So there you go - follow these top tips and look forward to super cyber interview success! 

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