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Job Interviews During the Pandemic

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Virtual Meeting

As businesses adapt and look for alternative ways to make the most of the current Coronavirus pandemic, employers and the recruitment industry are moving quickly to make the most of video interviews. Just as effective as in-person interviews, employers who are seeking to continue their company growth plans, should be optimising the use of video interviews to reach out to and engage with talent.

Job seekers who have been invited to a video interview should consider this the same as a face-to-face interview, and therefore preparation is vital.

We recommend finding a suitable environment that allows you to engage in a successful interview. Consider your location- are you in a quiet setting with good lighting and a neutral background? Make sure that there are no distractions around e.g. your television in the background or your mobile phone- this certainly isn't professional.

If you don't feel comfortable conducting a video interview in your home, consider finding a quiet cafe or professional space. Also, you should practice talking to the camera. It may be a strange feeling, but after having your first video interview, you will feel much more comfortable.

Dress as you would do for a face-to-face interview. Employers will be looking at how somebody presents themselves and assessing their professionalism and suitability for their company, whether at home or in person.

If you need some support with interview coaching, visit the Empower Personnel Career Marketplace for professional support services to optimise your career opportunities today. Our virtual interview service is available for professionals and graduates looking for up-to-date interview support and guidance. Alternatively, our team are available via website live chat or you can contact us here.