7 interview tips to reduce the stress of job hunting

  1. Prepare to go virtual

Recruiters are increasingly turning to video interviews to hire candidates quickly and efficiently and attract the best talent from around the world. As the pandemic continues to make candidate safety a top priority, it is very likely that you will have some form of virtual interview during your next application process. For most, this will be a new experience that could add some extra nerve.

The most important thing is to choose a time and place where you feel comfortable and at ease during the video interview. Ideally, imagine yourself in a well-lit room or space with no too many large pictures or distractions in the background. Remember, however, that what matters is the content of your answer, not the look of your home.

Recall; it is not a screen test and leading companies provide opportunities to practice and re-record your response if you are not satisfied.

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  1. Use the STAR method

Another helpful interview tip is to practice answering potential questions using an easy-to-remember format that works best for you. Perhaps the best known is the STAR framework which can help you organize your thoughts and formulate a well thought out and detailed answer. Be prepared to answer questions about previous professional or academic challenges by bringing in thoughts about the situation, task, activity and result (STAR) of your work on a challenge. The STAR framework is particularly useful for open questions about your experience (eg “How do you work in a team”?).

  1. Research who you work for and what team you will be working with

It is very likely that after the initial screening phase, you will speak directly to your prospective colleagues and those you will report to. This may seem nerve-wracking at first, but if you take the time to research the team structure and fully understand the roles and responsibilities of each interviewer in the company, you will feel infinitely more comfortable. This will also provide some great talking points during the interview.

Before conducting an interview, you should take a look at the interviewer’s LinkedIn profile and familiarize yourself with their professional history, academic background, and any recommendations or skills they have demonstrated. It’s also important to check out any biographies on the company website and examine any previous blog posts or articles they’ve written. This will give you a feel for the industry topics that matter most to you.

  1. Disclose and accommodate

If you have a disability that prevents you from fully attending an interview, contact your recruiter and ask for accommodation. The company can then offer you reasonable compensation, such as: B. the questions in advance. This is particularly useful for candidates with neurological diversity and can help to take the burden off the interview process considerably.

  1. Don’t panic if you have hiccups

Mistakes happen, technical or otherwise, and it’s important to do your best not to panic or feel like you’ve ruined your chances. The recruitment team will understand that sometimes these things cannot be avoided, so pause, try to clear your mind, then move on to the question at hand. Many companies allow reps and practice questions.

In the run-up to a virtual interview, you can calm yourself down and take your nerves off dealing with video technology by taking the time to practice with your laptop, tablet or phone and thus limit the likelihood of a technical mishap.

  1. Be yourself

While it sounds easy, one of the most important ways to feel confident in an interview is to just be yourself. A video interview is a fantastic way to share your experience with the recruiter and highlight your skills.

Take a deep breath, make sure you have some water nearby and most importantly, let your personality shine through. You don’t have to worry about maintaining eye contact with the camera or sitting in an unnatural position. Just be authentic and speak and focus in whatever way you feel most comfortable and share your interest and experience.

Kevin Parker is CEO of HireVue – a leading global provider of video interviews, assessments, chat and automation technologies for recruitment.

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