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The consequences of lying on your CV

It can seem almost acceptable to exaggerate, stretch the truth or tell lies on a CV and think that you can get away…

However, new research demonstrates that HR professionals are becoming wise to the techniques being used by some job applicants to ensure that they secure themselves an interview for that dream job.

Here, we look at the outcomes for those who get caught lying on their CV in order to get a job and we ask why some people might think that this is an acceptable way to behave in the current market and economic conditions.

There can be many reasons why people choose not to tell the whole truth on a CV. Lots of untruths revolve mainly around qualifications and career history. While you might think that qualifications are something that are quite difficult to lie about without getting caught, a lot of employers will not insist on seeing certificates or proof of qualifications.

They will look at these, together with work history and references and if you have told a ‘little white lie’ about your degree classification or the grades you achieved in your A Levels, then these may never be discovered. However, according to the research conducted by NGA Human Resources, in situations where qualifications were found to have been exaggerated or were simply untrue, these were the areas where candidates stood the most chance of being removed from the recruitment process.

Another area where people are likely to be less than truthful is on their work history. This can be a vital part of the selection process, but if you have had gaps in your employment history, then it might be tempting to try and ‘fill them’ with roles that just didn’t exist. If candidates choose to do this, then in order to avoid being caught, they would need to include experience that would be difficult to verify, such as periods of working abroad or working for companies that no longer exist.

Again, according to the research, this was one of the areas where recruiters were most likely to spot that candidates were not being truthful, but one of the least likely reasons for candidates being removed from the recruitment process.

So what happens if you lie on your CV and you get caught? According to the research, over half of the recruiters who were surveyed said that they had previously eliminated candidates from the recruitment process who were found to have lied on their CV.

The most common area to spot where someone hadn’t told the truth was in relation to their skills, while candidates who had lied about qualifications stood the highest chance of being removed from the recruitment process.

While HR departments need to be very thorough with their checking during the recruitment process, for candidates, the message is that if you lie on your CV, you are very likely to be caught out, either during the process or once you have secured a position. The potential consequences mean that it is just not worth it.

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12 Buzzwords to Say in Your Next Interview

Slipping in a buzzword or 10 during the interview process can be key.

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This story originally appeared on Glassdoor
A job interview shouldn’t come down to the words you use — you think. But, slipping in a buzzword or 10 during the interview process can be key. As career coach Hallie Crawford explains, “In a job interview, hiring managers are alert to certain words and phrases that convey knowledge of the position, confidence and that a person would be a good fit for the company.” And without them, you could be looked over.

So, what are those words you should always use? Here, our experts say, are 12.

Buzzword No. 1: We

“We” isn’t a buzzword per se, but it’s imperative to drop once — if not a dozen times — during an interview. Why? “Using the word ‘we’ shows that you are already thinking you are part of the team and explaining how you will collectively gain more sales, reach more clients and more,” explains millennial career expert Jill Jacinto.

Buzzword No. 2: Flexible

As in, you are flexible — and not in a yoga junkie kind of way. Crawford says that being flexible — whether with your time or your responsibilities — will show a hiring manager that you’d be easy to work with. “Of course, you don’t want to lie if there are some issues you wouldn’t negotiate on,” Crawford advises, “but stressing your flexibility shows the hiring manager that you’d [be a fit in the team].”

Buzzword No. 3: Leader

You can and should be a leader — even if you’re not applying for a boss position. “Every interviewer wants to hear about a time a candidate took charge and owned a project or led a team,” Jacinto says. “No matter what job you are applying for, this skill — and this buzzword — need to be expressed.” How to fit it in, you ask, without sounding like bragging? Something like, “I’ve enjoyed leading a team of …” will do the trick, or try out, “I’ve been a leader in many ways. For example …”

Buzzword No. 4: Plan

You don’t want to have so much figured out you can’t hear what the hiring manager has to say. But, you’ll become a much more attractive candidate if you are able to say that you have a basic plan prepared for the position. “After researching the company and position, prepare a basic 30-, 60- and 90-day plan for if you were to be hired,” says Crawford, with actionable steps you could take in those time frames. “This will show the employer what you are made of and how you would operate.”

Buzzword No. 5: Initiative

According to Jacinto, “Every single hiring manager is looking for a self-starter — no matter what a job description might say.” Why is that? Because Jacinto explains, “this is the strongest skill anyone can bring to the table.” So, here’s how to show off this skill in an interview: “Explain how you took the initiative on certain projects,” Jacinto advises. “It’s essential to winning this crowd of people over.”

Buzzword No. 6: Opportunity

As in, you would love the opportunity to work for this company. “If you really want the position, let the hiring manager know,” instructs Crawford. Of course, you can show you’re excited about the job opening in other ways — through gestures, body language and facial expressions — but at the end of the interview, you should actually say how you’re feeling. “Wait until toward the end — once you have all the details about the job and you are really sure you want the position,” Crawford says. And, “make sure that you can elaborate on details as to why you want the job.”

Buzzword No. 7: Measurable results

It’s all well and good to say that you were, for example, a successful salesperson. But, you should be able to prove your superstar skills with numbers or other measurable results. “The hiring manager wants to hear what you accomplished, and numbers certainly help tell that story,” says Jacinto. And it’s not enough to say you accomplished a lot. “Make sure to describe your responsibilities but always include how you measured the results and what they were,” she says.

Buzzword No. 8: Success

Of course, you should talk about your own successes. But, you should also ask what kind of employee will enjoy success in the role for which you’re applying, says Crawford. “Preparing a few well-thought-out questions for the manager shows him or her that you also want to make sure that the job would be a good fit for you,” Crawford says, “and you’re interested in the company and engaged in the process.”

Buzzword No. 9: Mission statement

Most companies have a mission statement. So, read up on the company’s mission statement before your interview and pay attention to what you see, instructs Jacinto. You can bring up the mission statement directly, showing that you have done your research, or pull key words from the description to drop into the interview conversation. “You’ll start to see words and phrases like ‘team’ or ‘innovate’ that you should make a note to include,” Jacinto explains, adding that “companies spend hours designing these statements and frequently refer to them.”

Buzzword No. 10: Like

You want this position — and to work for this company — because you like it. So, don’t be afraid to admit you have a crush, encourages Crawford. For example, you might want to gush that you “really like XYZ” about the company, she says. And if you need some inspiration to get the gush-fest started, “read about the company online in articles,” Crawford advises. “Learn about their values, mission, and any recent big news, so you know not just about the position but about the company as well. Bring these items up during the interview to show you’re knowledgeable.”

Buzzword No. 11: Story

Everyone likes a good story, including your prospective employer. So wow him or her by saying, “Let me highlight this strength with a story,” Crawford advises. “Make sure you can explain your strengths clearly and have several stories with a good outcome that illustrates your strength. Prepare stories about challenges you have faced and overcome, problems you’ve solved and clients you have made happy with your work.” And keep ’em quick. “Short stories highlight why you can do their job and go further than just telling them,” Crawford says.

Buzzword No. 12: Thank you

The essential words you have to say in any interview? Thank you. “You always want to leave the interview on a positive note,” explains Crawford, “and showing your appreciation is a great way to do so.” So, say thank you, and “try to articulate a couple things you appreciated about the manager during the interview.”

(By Jillian Kramer)

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By JFY Content Team

Get Your Dream Job With These 12 Resume Tips

We all want to land our dream job and have a career that interests us and that we love going into each day. The first step to this is your resume. So, here are 12 tips to improve it and set you up on the road to success.

1. Grab The Recruiter’s Attention

The first few sentences of your resume need to make a good impression on a potential recruiter. Use strong words, highlight the most relevant details or achievements, and think about which qualities need to be demonstrated in the industry you are interested in.

2. Write A Strong Summary

 Your summary should be short and straight to the point. Explain how your unique skills, talents, and experiences will translate into the things the recruiter is looking for.

You can write a few sentences at the top of your resume, or use bullet points. This is where your most important qualifications should be highlighted.

3. Customize Your Resume

Don’t send out the same resume for every position you apply to. Take the time to customize your summary to address the skills the recruiter is likely to look for. You might also need to make a few changes to the rest of your resume, for instance to draw attention to a previous work experience that is particularly relevant to the position you are going after.

4. Use Keywords

 Read the job description carefully and look for the keywords used by the recruiter. Some employers use software to automatically scan resumes for these keywords, while others will read resumes and expect to find these keywords. Using the same keywords as a potential employer shows you have the right skills for the job, and shows you’re speaking the employer’s language and will fit right in.

5. Skip The Objectives

Stating what your professional goals and objectives are is not relevant in most situations. Most professional resume writers suggest you use this space for other valuable information. Focus on showing employers what you can do for them, and talk about your objectives during the job interview if the recruiter asks questions.

6. Keep It Short

Your resume shouldn’t be more than two pages long. You will only need one page if you have limited work experience. Your list of relevant skills and the description of your most recent or most relevant positions should take up the most space on your resume.

7. Stand Out From The Rest

Don’t limit yourself to listing previous job responsibilities. Recruiters aren’t looking for job descriptions. They want to find out about the skills you developed thanks to previous work experiences and about your achievements. Tell recruiters how you excelled in your previous positions.

8. Use Numbers When You Can

If you can, add some numbers to show recruiters what kind of difference you made. Talk about sales numbers, conversion rates, or about how much money you helped a previous employer save.

9. References Are Available Upon Request

There is no need to list your references on your resume. Add a single line to let a recruiter know you can share this information if needed.

10. Your Personality Is Important

Your resume should give recruiters the impression that you are an interesting and dynamic person. There is no need to talk about personality traits but look for ways to make your personality shine through when a recruiter looks at your resume. You could mention volunteer activities, or hobbies as long as they demonstrate that you possess certain skills.

11. Get Some Feedback

Have a friend look at your resume and ask for an honest opinion. Your friend might be able to spot mistakes you missed and will tell you whether or not they would consider calling you to schedule a job interview if they received this resume.

12. Don’t Forget To Proofread

Spelling and grammar mistakes won’t make a good impression on a potential employer. You might not notice mistakes until you go back to your resume later. You should also pay attention to the presentation. Make sure everything is consistent, properly aligned, and easy to read.

By JFY Content Team

Your next job interview may be over the phone – here’s how to prepare

When most of us think about job interviews, we often think about what we’d wear, how we’d present ourselves and the firmness of our handshake. But the truth is not all interviews involve meeting a potential employer in person, but rather over-the-phone.

“Many companies use phone interviews to screen candidates for the next round of interviews,” says Paul Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources at Indeed Canada. “For some companies, phone interviews may also be the best way to interview out-of-town candidates and for remote positions, a phone interview could be the only interview format possible.”

And according to Angela Payne, general manager of Monster Canada, phone interviews are popular because they’re an efficient and easy way to gauge the first impression of a potential new employee.

Preparing for a phone interview is much like preparing for in-person interviews, Wolfe says. But with this format, the focus is less on your appearance and more on your delivery.

“Remember that this will be a brief interview, so practice keeping your answers short and on topic,” Wolfe says. “Unlike in-person interviews, the interviewer cannot see body language or facial expressions, so your intonation, voice, and responses need to convey your energy and enthusiasm for the role.”

“In terms of delivery, your voice is your number one asset,” Payne adds. “Make sure your voice is steady and confident and you’re speaking at a clear pace.”

These types of interviews may also include more surface-level questions about the job you’re applying for, Payne says. So if you anticipate a short interview, prepare to get your key points across early.

So to help you prepare for your impending phone interview, Wolfe and Payne offer some tips to help you either move onto the next round of the process and/or land that job.

1. Take the call from a landline and in a quiet place

Landlines provide the best quality in terms of hearing the person on the other end, Payne says. You’re less likely to have to deal with any technical issues. But if you don’t have a landline, at least find a quiet and open space so that your cell signal is clear and there aren’t any noises in the background.

2. Treat a phone interview as an in-person interview

Phone interviews may seem less formal, but they are just as important as in-person interviews, Wolfe says, so be sure to prepare in advance and do your research.

Also, remember this is likely to be your first impression on a potential employer, Payne adds. So communicate and follow up just as you would with a regular interview.

3. Dress accordingly

“Although your employer won’t see what you look like, getting cleaned up will help you get in the right frame of mind, just like you would in the workplace,” Payne says.

4. Write down or highlight the skills the job description calls for

As you prepare, take note of the phrases and terms you might want to use in your responses, Wolfe suggests.

So if a position you’re applying for calls for data-driven problem solving, expect to be asked about your analytical skills, and make sure to include specific examples in your career that apply.

5. Prepare your answers to key questions

You may be asked important questions like, “Why do you want to leave your current job?” or “Are you willing to relocate for this position?” Wolfe points out.

“Think about these types of questions in advance and be prepared to talk through your experience and why you think you’re the best fit for the role.”

6. Stand up while speaking and make sure to smile

“Research has shown that you project your voice better when you’re standing up,” Payne says. “You’ll find yourself feeling a little more confident and knowledgeable too.”

And don’t forget to smile while speaking, she adds.

“Smiles are heard through your voice even though they can’t be seen,” Payne says.

7. Have you résumé, cover letter and company information in front of you

Without a doubt, you will be asked about the experience listed on your résumé, Payne says, so make sure you have the details in front of you so you don’t stumble or leave anything out.

And don’t forget to research the company, Wolfe says.

“If you haven’t already, it is crucial that you research the company before your interview,” Wolfe advises. “It’s important to consider and highlight why you think the company you’re applying to is a good fit for you.”

8. Ask questions

Like you would for an in-person interview, prepare two to three questions you want to ask the hiring manager about the company and role, Wolfe says. This will show the recruiter your level of interest in the position and it will help determine if the company and job are a right fit for you.

 

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By JFY Content Team

6 Job Search Tips That Are So Basic People Forget Them

The irony of job search advice: There’s so much available that you don’t have to spend more than four seconds Googling before you land on some nugget of wisdom or another.

Yet, at the same time, there’s so much available (some of which completely contradicts other advice you’ll find) that it can easily overwhelm you. Which, in fact, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.

1. Make Yourself an Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”

Tip

Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up.

2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

Do you want that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. Do you want to accelerate this? Don’t stop once you apply online for that position. Start finding and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview.

Tip

By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the automates system.

3. Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo

Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).

Tip

If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.

4. Accept That You Will Never Bore Anyone Into Hiring You

You absolutely must come across as polished, articulate, and professional throughout your job search. However, many people translate this into Must. Be. Boring.

Wrong. Realize that few people get hired because they had perfect white space on their cover letters, memorized all of the “correct” interview questions or used incredibly safe, common phraseology (i.e., clichés) throughout their resumes. All of this correctness is going to make you look staged and non-genuine. Instead, give yourself permission to be both polished and endearing. Memorable, likable candidates are almost always the ones who go the distance.

5. If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Very Nearly Don’t Exist

Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage. Think about it this way: If tomorrow morning, a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”

Tip

If you figure out how to harness the power of no other social media tool for job search, figure out LinkedIn. It’s (by far) the best resource we have available today for career and job search networking, for finding people working at companies of interest, and for positioning yourself to be found by a recruiter who has a relevant job opening.

6. Thank You Matters

I once placed a candidate into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He was competing head-to-head with another engineer, who had similar talents and wanted the job just as badly. My candidate sent a thoughtful, non-robotic thank you note to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The other candidate sent nothing.

Guess why the candidate got the job offer? The thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.

Tip

Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact.

And finally, remember that the interviewer cares much more about what you can do for them than what you want out of the deal. Certainly, they’re going to care a bunch about what you want once you establish your worth. But during the interview, you must demonstrate why you make business sense to hire, period.

 

Excerpts: The Muse

By JFY Content Team

Write a Successful Job Application

In today’s tough job market, you must do all that you can to stand out. Many times, job seekers make their first mistake by not properly completing the job application.

1. Customize every resume and cover letter

We can’t stress this enough – if you’re just sending in the same old documents for every job posting, you’re essentially throwing your application away. Because many companies (small, medium, and large) use application screening software to weed out applicants who don’t qualify, it’s vitally important to include keywords and phrases in your documents and to change those keywords and phrases for EVERY job application.

2. Complete all information

If there are questions that do not apply, write “n/a.” Do not write “see résumé,” even if you have provided one. Avoid leaving anything blank. Everything is fast-paced today. But don’t speed through a job application without following every instruction given because one of the biggest ways to get your application tossed in the trash is to not follow directions

3. Write appropriate References

Make sure that you have permission from the people that you list as references. References should be people who know your work habits, such as former employers, supervisors or members of organizations in which you have volunteered.

4. Always Proofread

It doesn’t matter what type of job you’re applying for – employers want to know that their employees can communicate effectively in writing, and that includes grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation.

Online job applications

While some electronic application forms have to be completed in one sitting, many systems now allow you to register your details and save your progress as you go along. However, be aware that employers may be able to view partially completed forms.

  • If you decide to cut and paste your answers, be careful not to include names of other organizations that you’ve applied to previously, as this will result in instant rejection.
  • You should always read the supporting documentation very carefully, answering all questions (including sub-questions, if there are any) and sticking to the word count.
  • Print off a draft copy of your application form before submitting it, as this gives you the opportunity to proofread it for mistakes while ensuring that every section has been filled in correctly. You may also want to keep a copy for your own records.
  • Allow plenty of time to complete it, remembering to submit the form and all supporting documents (including references) by the deadline.

By JFY Content Team

5 Expert Tips for Interview Success

Based on current Bureau of Labor Statistics research that shows average job tenure in 2016 was a little over four years. Companies often conduct two or more interviews of a potential candidate before deciding to hire them. This means, at best, most of us must interview at least 20 (and likely 30 to 40) more times before we retire. Like it or not, acing the interview is a must for long-term career growth. Here are five tips for interview success:

1. Dress to gain trust and command respect. In her book “Presence,” Harvard professor and social psychologist Amy Cuddy reports that humans are judged on two primary factors – trustworthiness and respectability. Creating an ideal image does not require expensive outfits. It means selecting clothing, accessories, makeup and a hairstyle that command respect in your targeted industry. To portray this image, you have to think about the fit of the clothes, make sure they are wrinkle- and stain-free, look modern and are both age- and profession-appropriate.

2. Show up in the office five minutes before your appointment time. Although that sentence looks simple enough, it has two powerful and often overlooked components: “in the office” and “five minutes.” This does not mean park five minutes before the interview or get in the building security line with five minutes to spare. It means walk through the office or suite door five minutes before your appointment.

While it is clear why running late or cutting it close are not good strategies, the same goes for walking into the office more than five minutes early. Not every company has a huge lobby or waiting area. Arriving too early may mean that you are staring at the person who will interview you and have now obligated him or her to start your meeting earlier than planned.

If you arrive earlier than intended, hang outside the building or even in the bathroom before your ideal time. The extra few minutes will give you time to prepare and ensure that you don’t impose on your interviewer.

3. Arrive prepared. Bring a pen, notebook or portfolio with paper, several resume copies and a list of questions you would like to ask the interviewer. Many interviews start first with a request for your resume. Removing a neat, unfolded version from your notebook is an excellent first step.

Next, all interviewers like to know that they have said something useful enough for you to write it down. Jot notes throughout the meeting, no matter how positive you are that you will remember everything. Writing not only tells the interviewer you value her input, but it also gives both of you a break from staring at one another. Furthermore, it can give you a chance to glance at the notes you prepared before the meeting regarding key strengths you want to reference or questions you want to ask.

Finally, remember to look up at least as much as you look at the paper. Writing notes is important, but active eye contact tells the hiring authority you are paying attention.

4. Select real-life examples that display key hiring traits. One of the biggest complaints made by hiring managers is when a candidate seems “all talk.” Candidates who prove they have the desired skills fair better in the interview process. Identify the top desired traits for a role and prepare examples that clearly demonstrate your experience and abilities.

5. Have a conversation. The best interviews are a give and take. Come prepared to discuss the company, the role, your background, current trends in the industry, the reason for the opening and any recent business events that may impact the interviewer, role, company or industry. Companies want to hire engaged employees who have taken the time to learn about the company and role for which they are applying.

Without this critical preparation, most interviews are merely one-sided exchanges in which the interviewer asks questions and the candidate responds to the question but cannot expand beyond it. The ability to have fluid conversation conveys preparation, intelligence, people skills, active listening and a commitment to your career. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to display these traits in the meeting.

Interview success is more about how the interviewer feels about you than about how well you can do the job. That is not to say that you don’t need to be qualified – you do need to be in the ballpark. However, many highly qualified people get rejected because they do not clearly convey how they are an ideal (and likable) match for the role. While it is important to display your business qualifications, it is even more important to create the right impression.

Securing an interview is a significant accomplishment. Make the most of the opportunity by factoring in these tips for an instant boost in your next interview.

By JFY Content Team

The 8 best IT jobs for new college grads and other tips on landing a job in tech

1. Applications developer. 60% of hiring managers named it as the best place to start because it gives grads with a general degree the opportunity to learn how to write apps for popular environments like Windows, .NET, Linux and SQL and they can begin to specialize from there.

2. Technical support, which is considered a great place to start by 54% of the hiring managers surveyed. This job puts a college grad in direct contact with customers and can often lead to later roles in product development.

3. Business/systems analyst, considered a great place to start for college grads by 52%. This job is about analyzing data to solve problems, either helping to define things like new features or helping track down the source of performance problems.

4. Web developer. This is considered a great entry-level job by 48%. This involves writing web apps and developing websites, the kind that runs on a desktop browser.
5. Network/systems administrator considered a great entry-level job by 39% of hiring managers. This involves maintaining and managing corporate computer networks and computer servers.

6. Network/systems engineer, with 37% saying this is an ideal entry-level job. This involves designing and installing networks, telecom systems, and computer servers.

7. Database administrator. 35% say this is a great entry-level job. This job involves running and maintaining databases such as Oracle, or Microsoft SQLServer.

8. Quality Assurance engineer. 27% named this as one of the best entry-level jobs. This job involves testing IT apps and equipment to ensure they work as planned.

By JFY Content Team

How to Ace Your Online Video Job Interview

Expert Advice for Job-Seekers in How to Prepare, Manage — and Succeed — in Your Webcam, Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime Job Interview.

As more employers embrace video and Web-based technologies to conduct screening interviews with prospective job candidates, it becomes increasingly important for you to be prepared as you begin your job search.
This article covers tips for how to prepare for your interview, how to succeed in your interview, and what to do after the interview.

Before Your Video/Web Interview

1. Determine the Best Hardware to Use. If you’re lucky enough to have multiple devices (such as a computer, tablet, smartphone), choose the one you are most comfortable with — and the one with the most reliable technology. If necessary, invest in purchasing — or borrowing — the best technology to use for the interview.
2. Select the Proper Location for the Interview. The ideal scenario for your interview location is a secluded room in which you can shut out distractions (and noises), control the lighting, and display a generic background. Ideally, you’ll want to have some diffused lighting so as not to create shadows or glare… and a plain wall as your backdrop. You should also have a location in which you can be seen on camera from about the waist up — not just your face.
3. Test All the Technology. Test your connection. Test your camera. Test your lighting. Test your sound. Test the video program. Make sure you understand how it all works.
4. Schedule at Least One Mock Interview. Under as close to identical circumstances as possible, schedule an interview with a friend, colleague, or family member. Practice both your interviewing skills, as well as the technology. If you can, record the interview so you can play it back for yourself. If can’t record it, ask for as much feedback as possible — especially for how you look and sound.
5. Plan for Glitches. Have a backup plan if something goes wrong the day of the interview.
6. Complete Full Interview Preparations. Don’t skimp on your interview prep. Conduct research on the employer, prepare responses to expected interview questions, formulate a few questions you want to ask, and determine the best professional outfit for the interview.

Day of the Web/Video Interview

1. Test All Equipment Prior to Interview Time. Do a run-through at least an hour before your interview time.
2. Dress Professionally. Remember, nothing too flashy. If unsure, view yourself in the monitor.
3. Turn Off Before Interview Starts. Remember to turn off all apps and programs that might interrupt the interview.
4. Go Under. Go to your interview location and shut out all distractions.
5. Remember Your Nonverbals. Make solid eye contact and smile at appropriate times. Have good posture and even lean in a bit. Use hand gestures to make your point.
6. Look Directly into the Camera. You might be tempted to look at the monitor or yourself, but focus on making eye contact via the camera.
7. Have a Conversation. Speak in a conversational voice, just as you would in an actual interview situation.
8. Notes if You Need Them. Unlike other interview situations, you can have some notes in front of you (off camera) to remind you of critical issues you want to highlight, but do NOT overuse them, or you will look odd on camera.
9. Take a Second. When responding to questions from the interviewer, nod, but take a second before responding in case the connection is weak — so that you don’t end up talking over the interviewer.

After the Interview

1. Write a Thank-You Note. Just as with any other job-hunting situation, follow-up your interview with a thank-you note to your interviewer(s).
2. Follow-Up on Progress. The hiring process is a lengthy one, most likely with several more rounds of interviews, so you’ll need to be patient — but that does not mean you should not follow-up occasionally to express your interest in the job.

By JFY Content Team

The 10 biggest job interview mistakes: essential advice from the experts

f you are repeatedly being turned down for roles that you have the skills and qualifications for, you could be guilty of committing of these common interview blunders.

Many employers, especially those flooded with applicants, have a low tolerance for mistakes – so candidates should brush up on their interview technique to increase their chances of being hired.

We enlisted the help of our very own Human Resources department to get their insight into the worst mistakes to make in a job interview. Below, they’ve picked out the top 10.

1. Check the dress code

If you work in a formal, “suited and booted” environment but your interview is with a company that has a more casual dress code, or vice versa, make sure you’re aware so you can adapt accordingly.

Not dressing the part can make the interviewer feel uncomfortable, and candidates should always try hard to look professional.

2. Always ask questions

When the interviewer asks: “Do you have any questions?”, the ideal answer to this is “yes” as it shows that you’ve prepared for the interview, and thought about the company and the role.

Even if everything has been covered during the interview, simply saying “I wanted to ask about the strategy / team / environment… but you’ve covered this already” at least shows you had questions in mind.

3. Read the interviewer

That being said, if you’ve been working through a list of questions for 20 minutes, following a one-hour interview, read the room and know when it’s time to wrap things up.

4. Check before you name-drop

If you mention in an interview that a current employee is a former colleague, it’s worth ensuring that they’ll speak well of your time working together. “Once, the reaction was along the lines of ‘oh him, he was dreadful…'”, one Telegraph HR adviser said.

5. Remember names 

Remembering the name of your interviewer always leaves a good impression. A simple “it was great to meet you, Sarah” ends an interview on a nice note, and should be applied to whoever comes to meet and greet you at each stage of the process.

6. Treat everyone respectfully

On a similar note, first impressions count so never assume that the receptionist / person taking you to a meeting room is less important than the person who is interviewing you.

7. Do your research on your interviewers as well as the company

An easy way to find out more about your potential employer is to look them up on LinkedIn (especially so you know who to look out for when sitting in reception), however, there’s no need to drop in references to the company your interviewer worked at eight years ago to prove that you’ve done your research.

8. Take the water

Even if you feel like you’ve got your pre-interview jitters under control, the dreaded dry mouth can strike at any time – take the water offered to you so that you don’t end up struggling to get your words out after half an hour, or interrupting the interview to get yourself a cup.

Having a glass of water to sip also gives you a way to pause and gather your thoughts for a few seconds before tackling the next question.

9. CV gaps

If you’ve submitted a CV that shows gaps in your employment (“and we’d always recommend this over ‘flexing’ the dates… as if all goes well, we’ll be checking your references after extending an offer”, Telegraph HR says), you should have a concise explanation ready to go.

Employers know that “life happens”, but an interview isn’t the best forum to explain that you were unable to work for three months due to difficult family circumstances (especially if you end up in tears).

10. Reasons for leaving

It’s quite clear that your last job wasn’t perfect – otherwise you wouldn’t be at a job interview – but be mindful of how you present this to your interviewer.

Negativity and personal comments about your current team or manager will cause alarm bells to ring.

Credit: Telegraph

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