Interview Tips

Telephone & Video Interviews

It is becoming increasingly common for 1st stage interviews to be either a telephone or video call. Unfortunately, all too often a poor remote interview can cut short your application. As with face-to-face interviews, remote interviews usually go badly due to a lack of preparation. Below are some simple tips on how best to prepare for a successful remote interview:

STEP 1 – Choose the right location

  1. Ensure you choose a location with a good mobile phone or Wi-Fi signal and ensure you have a full battery charge on your device.
  2. Ensure the location is quiet, and somewhere you will not be disturbed or distracted.
  3. If you are having a video-call, try to use a computer as opposed to a phone or tablet.
  4. Position the lap-top in front of a window or light source. This will ensure that your face is clear on the video and ensure there is no glare on the screen.
  5. Raise your screen up so that your camera is at eye level. This will help you keep your chin up and ensure clearer speech.

STEP 2 - Prepare for the call

  1. Research the company by visiting their website and social media pages.
  2. Make a mental note of the products or services the company provides, and how the company demonstrates its culture and values.
  3. Review the job description / advert prior to interview.
  4. Have examples of when you have demonstrated the key skills or tasks associated with the vacancy.
  5. Prepare a list of questions that you may want to ask. This will demonstrate organisation and preparation on your part.

STEP 3 - The call

  1. Be confident and speak clearly (if on the phone, standing up has the benefit of projecting more confidence and puts less pressure on your diaphragm resulting in clearer speech).
  2. Be careful not to talk over your interviewer(s) no matter how keen you are to answer their questions.
  3. Answer the question that is asked, expanding where you can but be careful not to waffle.
  4. End the call positively by thanking the interviewer(s) for their time.
  5. If it is an opportunity you think you would like to progress, confirm your interest in the role and ask what the next steps might be.

Face to Face Interviews

With Hiring Managers seeing on average 4-5 applicants for each role, it is important that candidates show themselves in the best possible light in order to secure an offer.

  1. Be prepared - There is a clear correlation between how prepared you are and how nervous you will be, so reduce your nerves by doing your homework!
  2. Research the company by visiting their website and social media pages.
  3. Make a note of the products or services the company provides, and how the company demonstrates its culture and values.
  4. Review the job description / advert prior to interview.
  5. Have examples of when you have demonstrated the key skills or tasks associated with the vacancy.
  6. Prepare a list of questions that you may want to ask. This will demonstrate organisation and preparation on your part.
  7. Be confident - Having seen your CV, the Hiring Manager has decided that they are prepared to take time out to speak to you further about the vacancy so it is likely that you have many of the skills and experience required to do the job. You are already halfway there!
  8. Look the part - Dress smartly for an interview. Try to also be aware of your body language and make regular eye contact with all interviewers. Sit up straight (which will help you speak clearly), and don't forget to smile. Smiling when you speak calms your mind and  helps you to engage with your audience.
  9. Listen - Be careful not to talk over your interviewer no matter how keen you are to answer their questions and ensure that you do answer the question that was asked.
  10. End the call positively by thanking the interviewer(s) for their time. If it is an opportunity you think you would like to progress, confirm your interest in the role and ask what the next steps might be. If it is a close decision between you and another candidate, it might just be enough to tip the scales in your favour.

Use the tips above to overcome your nerves and make a lasting impression on the Hiring Manager. Remember, you only get one chance to make a great first impression!

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