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Successful job-seeking during a pandemic: part 2

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QR_ Careers: Preparing for a video interview


These are challenging times and many people are finding themselves in the market for a new job, sometimes for the first time in years.  Unfortunately, we can’t offer everyone the perfect job, but we may be able to help with a few lessons we’ve learned from the past 10 years of sourcing top talent to join the Quick Release_ team.


Preparing for a video interview – top 10 tips

As a global business, QR_ have been hosting video interviews with aspiring consultants and PDM professionals for well over a decade. Understandably, many interviewees focus their preparation on trying to predict what questions they’re going to be asked. While this may be valuable, there are many other ways to prepare for a professional services interview over Skype, Zoom, Teams, WebEx or the multitude of other platforms now available. Here our resident recruiters Alex Evans and John Collins give their top tips for maximising your chances for success:


1. Find out the dress code beforehand and dress accordingly

If in doubt, dress as you would for a face-to-face interview. This is as much about feeling professional as it is looking the part, so avoid the temptation to only dress-up above the waist and always take a look in the mirror before you start. 


2. Check the platform you’ll be using

If something you haven’t used before, make sure you download the software or browser plug-ins in advance and familiarise yourself with the UI. 


3. Check your webcam before the call

Consider the lighting, angle and background; you want the interviewer looking at you, not your impressive collection of books or the inner workings of your nose. It may sound crazy given we’re talking about video interviews, but always make sure your webcam is turned on!


4. Test your audio quality

The interviews needs to hear you clearly, so minimise background noise by closing windows and doors, and use a headset if you have one. Rooms with a lot of hard surfaces like kitchens create more echo than those filled with softer items typically found in sitting rooms or bedrooms.


5. Consider your connection speed and potential fluctuations when arranging a time for your interview

We know ours plummets when the World’s doing PE with Joe Wicks and again for the 5pm briefing from Downing Street.


6. Spend some time researching the role you’ve applied for.

Specifically focus on the key competencies they’re looking for and make sure you have solid examples for each of them. 


7. Research the company

Focus on their mission, culture and value and consider how you might demonstrate your alignment to each. Re-read your CV and have a paper copy of it in front of you. 


8. Look into (Google) the STARRS method for answering competency-based questions and use it

Seriously – it will help turn a good answer into an awesome one.


9. Be ready

Get settled 10 minutes before and connect to the meeting 5 minutes prior to the arranged time. Make sure the tech is working and take comfort in the knowledge you’ve done everything you possibly can to make sure your interview runs smoothly. 


10. Finally…

Relax! You’ve read this list, done your research and got comfortable using the software. Don’t stress if the kids burst into the room or next door starts mowing their lawn – we’ve all been there in the current lock down and people are more understanding of these things than ever before. In most cases you just note the interruption, apologise and move on. It’ll be fine. 


Ready to apply? You can view all current opportunities with Quick Release_.