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Video Interview Helpful Tips

August 17, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone’s week has been going well?

Earlier this year, I posted out a couple of blogs with helpful tips when attending face to face interviews and phone interviews, so I thought I would finish off the trilogy this week with a blog on helpful tips for video interviews.

When preparing for or during a video interview, you want to bare in mind both the tips mentioned for face to face and phone interviews, as it is almost like a combined interview.

Be Ready – In a face to face interview, it is polite to arrive slightly early for your interview, so you are not rushing and you can keep calm. The same applies to a video interview. You don’t want to miss the call if you are running late and if you are rushing to answer the call, the interviewers will be able to see that you may be a bit flustered. So sit down slightly before the scheduled interview time to make sure you are calm and prepared.

First Impressions – Although you can’t shake the interviewer’s hand on arrival, it is still important to make a great first impression in other ways. Smile, be friendly, have eye contact, and introduce yourself politely and you will be off to a good start.

Quiet Surrounding – Set up your computer/tablet in quiet surroundings before your interview. You want to choose somewhere that will be quiet and no one can distract you. Make sure you are somewhere where there is no-one or minimal people around that may be distracting by walking back and forth behind you. This will not only be distracting for the interviewers, but you will also see it on your screen and may throw you off track.

Appearance – It is important to be dressed appropriately for interviews. Unless stated before hand, always dress smart. Even through you are on a video interview, you may think it is acceptable for example to wear your pyjama bottoms as they can only see you from your waist up, but if for some reason during the interview, you need to stand up, this isn’t a great look. Dressing smart will make you feel more professional and may help you perform better.

Good Internet Connection – Before your interview, plan where you want to take the video call and ensure that the internet connection is strong, as the last thing that you want to happen is that you are mid interview and your internet drops off and you lose the connection. If you are taking the video interview in a public area, test the internet connection first.

Take Notes/Make Notes – It is always handy to take notes in with you. If you have researched the company before hand, take some notes in with you on what the company does and what services they offer as this may help you answer some questions. Also taking notes is always handy as interviews are not just for the interviewer to choose the best fit candidate, but also for the candidate to decide if the position is right for them. So if you are offered the position, you can read over your notes and ensure the position is something that you are interested in.

With our blog trilogy of helpful tips during face to face, phone, and video interviews, you should be covered for every situation. Many of the tips can be transferred over to which ever method of interview you are undertaking, but make sure to read up on the interview tips before the big day, so you are prepared and ready to nail your interview! If you have any tips that you swear by for any type of interview, let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Helpful tips to improve your CV

May 4, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

We’ve had a very busy few weeks here at EGB. We’ve had a large number of new roles come through over the last few weeks which is great news for both us and candidates, as it means we get to help more contractors find new contracts. So remember to check our ‘Jobs’ page regularly as we get new roles in daily, or if you would like to receive notifications from us on new roles, just drop us an email with your consent.

If you are looking to apply for a new position, every position advertised will always ask for a CV, so having an excellent CV will make you stand out from other candidates. So this week for the blog, I have put together some helpful tips to take into consideration to improve your CV and make you stand out against the competition.

Tailoring your CV

One of the most important parts of your CV is making sure it is tailored. You don’t want to submit a CV that is not tailored to the position you are applying for, as it does not show how you meet the requirements. You should save a base/generic CV which covers all sections with room to add info and tailor it to a specific position.

Key Words

Once you have thoroughly read through the job specification, take any key words mentioned and make sure they are mentioned in your CV. Many hiring managers and recruiters receive large numbers of CVs, so to make the process quicker, they often use software to search for key words mentioned in the job spec.

Spelling and Grammar

A common mistake people make is not doing a final spelling and grammar check. Most word processing programs do automatic spelling and grammar checks, although errors are sometime missed. So once you have your final copy of your CV, ensure you read over it to make sure any small mistakes haven’t been missed. Another tip is to get a second person to read through the final copy, as a fresh pair of eyes sometimes picks up more.

Formatting

Ensure that the formatting of your CV is consisted throughout. You want to ensure that the font, text size, font colour, line spacing etc. is the same from top to bottom, especially when you are tailoring your CV. When you are tailoring your CV, make sure that when you add info in, it follows the same formatting of the rest of the document.

Length

Getting the length of your CV right is essential. You don’t want it to be too short and not give enough detail into your past experience and skills, but you also don’t want it to be pages and pages long. Many companies/recruiters receive large amount of CVs and if your CV is very long, they may not read the entire document and may miss important information.

Contact info

When submitting your CV to a recruitment agency, always ensure that you have contact details displayed and that they are fully up to date, as if you are successful and get to the next stage, recruiters will need to be able to get in touch with you quickly. (Please note all contact details are removed from CVs when submitting to clients).

I hope the tips above have helped you think about ways you can improve your CV. If you have any tips that you use to help make your CV stand out that are not mentioned above, feel free to share them in a comment below.

I hope everyone has a great long bank holiday weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree