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Expert Advice

Research the company

Use a search engine or find out the website address and research before your interview.

Make sure you know who you are speaking to

Memorise the person’s name you are going to be interviewing with and ensure you have the role title correct when you are discussing it. Say their name out aloud a few times before you get to the interview.

Prepare sample responses

Think about questions you will be asked and prepare responses to them, go over these a few times and say out loud to make sure you have the right answer.

Appropriate attire

Ensure you are dressed appropriately for the organisation’s culture and ensure that you look neat and tidy.

Be on time

Arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to the office and if you don’t know where you are going ensure you leave sufficient time to ‘get lost’. If you can, check out where the appointment will be before your interview and note how long it will take to get there.

Talk about your achievements

Discuss how you’ve achieved previous outcomes that relate to what the company is wanting to achieve.

Listen

Listen to the interviewer; there isn’t anything more embarrassing than asking a question the interviewer has already clarified.

Speak positively

Don’t talk about negative experiences or give excuses about previous employers or roles. State positives as much as possible and talk about the lessons you have learnt from the bad experiences.

Follow up

Ask in the interview what the next steps are going to be, and if they want you to follow up with them, also find out when they would like you to follow up with them and how i.e. via email or telephone.

As more employers are using Skype/Video interviewing to save time and money these days OnTalent would like to provide some tips on making that first online interview a great one....

Find a quiet place

Ensure you partake in your web interview in a quiet room. There is nothing worse than having someone walk in or the dog constantly barking in your interview – it is distracting to both parties.

Make sure the room is well lit

If the room is too dark the employer may find dark shadows on across your face which will be distracting.

Make sure the webcam and telephone system is set up properly

Ensure that the technology is set up correctly – test it with a friend well before your interview to make sure it’s all working right.

Use a landline rather than mobile

Always try as hard as possible to give the interview conductor your landline, rather than being on the move with a mobile, you are very much so more likely to cut out or get an annoying echo via mobile.

Dress like you are going to a face to face interview

Dress as if you were going to the client’s corporate office, this will get you straight into the corporate feel, even though you are in the comfort of your own home or office.

Talk directly into the webcam

Talk directly into the webcam (as this is considered making eye contact through technology) rather than constantly looking at the screen, it is off putting and gives the impression you are not concentrating.

Have the Skype picture box of the interviewer at eye level

If you drag the box where you can see the interviewer to your eye level you will be able to be looking directly at them throughout the interview – if you don’t do this it looks like you are constantly looking away from them and could give the impression you are distracted.

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WHAT THE MARKET IS SAYING ABOUT US

Chairman

NGO

"Natasha had a brilliant understanding of what we needed to achieve to appoint a new CEO. Specifically the points of excellence were; 1) The shortlist was outstanding, all candidates could have performed the role, 2) The insight and advice provided by Natasha throughout the process, led to us involving her in the Board deliberations, where her advice was first rate. Also, most importantly for our brand and for OnTalent, she immediately and diplomatically managed all candidate discussions and feedback when they had not secured the role. I will be recommending OnTalent for further executive-level work with service standards like this."

Human Resources Department

Professional Services Firm

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Professional Services Firm

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Human Resources Manager

Fast growth STEM organisation

"Peter has assisted me to find Engineers with rare backgrounds in Engineering. I moved to a new role and contacted Peter when he moved to OnTalent and he again found rare Engineers for the business. I find Peter to be one of the most dedicated and talented recruiters I have ever met in my 22 years in HR Management. He is detail minded, has amazing networks, keeps up to date on movements within the business community, particularly Engineers and always keeps his clients updated on the progress of roles. He is personable, reliable and has never let me down. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is searching for the best candidates in the market."

Bill Delves CEO

South Bank Corporation

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Multi-National Industrial Services Client

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Executive General Manager

Utilities

"In a very short period of time we had an outstanding candidate for a role that other agencies had failed to fill."

Chief Executive Officer

Not for Profit

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Chief Operating Officer

Peak Body

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OnTalent Career Transition Program

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