Remote interviews – The ultimate guide
Interviews are a well-established part of the hiring process, but failing to properly prepare, or having an inefficient process not only means you could miss out on a talented potential employee - you could also damage your employer brand.Now that many companies have embraced remote and hybrid working, remote interviews have become part of standard business practice. Conducting interviews remotely provides many benefits, such as a quicker time-to-hire, greater access to talent through the breaking down of geographical boundaries, eliminates the need for travel, and often faster scheduling.By downloading this eBook, you will understand:How to prepare when conducting a remote interviewIt’s vital to take time to prepare for the interview and the first stage of this is to understand exactly what you are looking for in your new employee. This eBook gives you advice on getting the most out of your job description and person specification, how to organise the interview, what details you need to send to the interviewee, and tips on how to engage with them throughout the process.Different types of interviews and how to adapt them to be remoteWhether you are conducting a one-to-one video interview, telephone interview, video panel, competency-based interview, or a group session, they can all be adapted to a remote format. In this eBook, we set out the benefits of each of the different interview styles and give you tops tips to help conduct them remotely.Remote interviewing software and tools to help youHaving the right technology and software is essential to the success of your remote interview. You may conduct remote interviews on a regular basis or just occasionally, and whatever your needs are, we have listed some great free and paid-for tools that can help.How to make a great first impressionIt’s so important to make a great first impression – even more so when conducting the interview remotely. We give our top tips for making a good impression, with a video from our managing directors sharing their top tips.The importance of following up properly after the interviewWhat should you do after the interview? How should you follow up? Many people fail to follow up effectively after an interview which can even mean they may lose out on the perfect candidate. So, whether you want to extend your interviewee an offer or not, we set out advice on how to correctly follow up.With many businesses struggling to recruit in this challenging labour market, it’s even more important that your remote interview process is effective, keeps your candidates engaged, and ultimately helps you secure the top professionals.To start perfecting your remote interviewing process, download the free guide now.Watch this video for advice from some of our managing directors as they give their top three tips for conducting remote interviews:
Job seeking advice guide – a guide to securing your perfect role
Our guide outlines the steps you should take to ensure you find the right career to help you Love Mondays again. It has been designed to give you job seeking advice, and guidance on how to present yourself in such a professional manner that employers will be hard pushed to resist offering you an interview.From producing an eye-catching CV, to writing a cover letter which entices an employer to hear more, the following strategies will give you the best opportunity to get your foot in the door and secure your dream role."Recruiters can be critical allies in your search for a job. In the same way that you would not buy a car without expert advice, getting support in finding a new job - something just as life-changing - boosts your chances of finding your dream role."What’s in the guide?By downloading this guide, you have access to advice covering the entire process of your job seeking journey, including:Finding suitable jobsHow to write a CVHow to write a cover letterBoosting attractiveness to employersSecuring your perfect role
Getting the best from your interview
Interviews give your potential employer the chance to see you – in the flesh, or remotely over a video call – to learn about your likes and dislikes, capabilities, and get an overall feel for whether you will fit in with the organisation.However, getting the best from the interview doesn't just mean showing your best self to get the job - it also means using the opportunity to assess the environment you will be working in, those you will be working with and for, and making it clear in your mind whether the job and organisation are right for you.First interview, second interview, face-to-face interview, telephone interview, video interview: whatever the type of interview they all have one thing in common – you have the opportunity to shine."To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are."Muhammad AliWhat's inside the guide?You may be the most knowledgeable professional for the job, but without performing well at an interview you won’t stand a chance of securing your next role.The guide takes you through the following:Getting to grips with the organisation you could be working forDress codeDifferent types of interviewTackling common first interview questionsThe big daySecond interviewsPreparing for a presentation taskOn-the-day tasksBy downloading this guide, you will learn the tips and tricks on the interview process which will help you to make the most of the short time you have to sell yourself.
How to onboard remote employees
An effective onboarding process is essential for integrating all employees – but is especially important for new remote staff who don’t benefit from the usual face-to-face experience.A great onboarding process will:Increase worker satisfactionReduce attritionEnable faster productivityOur guide will make sure you can successfully onboard employees remotely, making the best of your time, and settling your new employee into your team fast."A lack of face-to-face contact means it will take more time and effort to ensure your new employee can adjust and acclimatise to their new working environment and role."Making remote employees feel welcomePreparing to foster an inclusive environment for your new team member from the very first minute is crucial. Without preparing well and thinking out of the box you could be at risk of isolating your new employee without even realising you are doing so. Find out how in the eBook.Planning the days and weeks aheadAs a manager, being organised from the off will stand you in good stead. It’s important you plan at least the first week of the process. Our eBook gives you the ideas you need to plan the first day, first and second week, as well as ongoing tips for team integration.Virtual team building is key Whether it is just your new recruit that works remotely, or your whole team, it’s important to incorporate regular team building to keep morale high and ensure productivity flourishes. Our guide gives you eight ideas to keep your team connected.
How to write a cover letter
How to write a covering letter. The bane of many people’s lives. But it really doesn’t need to be. Follow our simple tips and yours will stand out from the crowd.Let’s start with the basics: what is a cover letter?A cover letter accompanies a CV (and/or completed application form). It can also be the email you send to a prospective employer with your CV attached – the lines are now starting to blur. It's an opportunity to highlight what makes you particularly suited for the job, but most importantly, should highlight your passions and motivations for the job and company in question.Why you need oneRecruiters get inundated with CVs from hundreds of people who apply for their vacancies, so the cover letter helps make you stand out. Send a good one, and they’ll probably spend more time on your CV.How to start and end a cover letterResearch the job you’re applying for and find out who the hiring manager will be and address it to them – brownie points for this straight away. This may involve a call to the recruitment team covering the role or you may prefer to do a bit of searching on LinkedIn. Once you have a name you should address the letter to that person and begin the letter, for example, "Dear Ms Jones," and end with "Yours sincerely, <your name>".If you can’t find the name of the person, but have a job title, such as the HR manager, you should address the letter to the HR manager, and include"Dear Sir or Madam," and end with "Yours faithfully, <your name>".You should include the job title of the role you are applying for somewhere clearly – in an email this could well be the subject line, or in a letter it could be in your opening paragraph. We won’t be more specific than this as, for the sake of job-hunting, there are more important things to worry about.A cover letter should always end positively and look ahead to the next stage, for example, 'I would be happy to provide further information at interview' or 'I look forward to hearing from you'.The meat of the matterAlways write a new cover letter for each job you go for: recruiters can spot a “copy & paste” job at half a mile. Your cover letter should explain why you are applying for this particular job. You should use it to expand upon areas of your CV that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and link them to your personal motivations. If you have a real interest in the company and its products, or you have certain qualifications that are suitable for this job, then say so. If you believe in the company’s values then tell them. If the role is the ideal next step in your career, explain why. If there is something about you which makes you particularly unique – personal recommendations, previous voluntary experience, or other anecdotes, use them. Remember you need to stand out as being passionate (without seeming desperate) and likeable.RelevanceEverything you write should relate directly to the job at hand: they won’t want to know that you like football or watching TV unless the job is about football or TV. And don't just repeat what's on your CV. The covering letter and CV work together, with each filling in the gaps of the other. Use the covering letter to shed additional light on the information on your CV.LengthYour cover letter should be well-presented and ideally fit onto one page – to a maximum of approximately 400 words. You want to entice the hirer to want to find out more about you, not tell them the whole story up front.Proof-readingThere’s nothing worse than seeing a well-written letter that’s littered with errors. Many recruiters will reject all applications with any spelling errors or typos without a second thought, so don’t let that be yours. This is especially important if you’re going for a job that requires any sort of attention to detail. Check your work thoroughly.A note on researchWe can’t stress the importance of this enough. Before you start, do some research on the company and the job you’re applying for. Things to know include what the company does, their competitors and where they're placed in the market.Not only will carrying out this research give you the knowledge you require to tailor your cover letter and CV to the style of the company, it also demonstrates that you’ve a real interest in the role and the company itself.A final thoughtYour CV shows you can do the job, your cover letter shows you will do the job. The two should complement each other.
8 ways to get a job with no experience
You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience... How do you get your foot on the ladder? Whether you're fresh out of education or looking to follow a new career path, feeling like you don't have the experience to land that first job can be frustrating. So, here are some of the ways you can achieve the (seemingly) impossible and get a job with no experience!Address the issueIf you lack experience, don't try to brush over the fact. A cover letter is the perfect place to address any gaps in your CV, so use the opportunity to address any concerns the employer might have. Then...Focus on what you DO haveExperience is important, but so is your attitude to work, your personality, your understanding of the company and its activity, motivation, resilience, ideas for the future - the list is endless, so don't get too hung up on any one thing.Find experience you didn't know you hadBefore you decide you don't have the experience, make absolutely sure this is true. Think back over your past jobs and try to draw links between the experience you need and the experience you have. Remember: it needn't be exactly the same; the key word to keep in mind is relevant. If you've organised a meeting or answered the phones, that's admin experience. If you've set up a Facebook page or created a flier, that's marketing. Think outside the box!Create some experienceDo some voluntary work, work experience, or an internship.“ Don't be afraid to start from scratch. Getting your foot in the door is crucial, and you never know what might come next. ”But (as above) make sure the experience you're getting is relevant. If you're still taking your first steps, don't waste time with unrelated work, especially if it's unpaid!Demonstrate your intentIf you really want to get into a particular industry, make sure that people know about it. Get involved in relevant industry discussions on LinkedIn, join relevant groups, attend networking and careers events, and make sure you make your enthusiasm public.Apply speculativelyIf you only apply for advertised jobs, you're going to be assessed against set criteria. Apply speculatively to companies that interest you, demonstrate you've done your research, and ask if there's any opportunities for you as you're looking to break into the industry. If the answer is no, ask if you can apply again in 6 months, and find out what you can do in the meantime to improve your chances.NetworkIf you don't have the desired level of experience, you need to be trustworthy. Network, and get your contacts to recommend you. Employers are more likely to overlook the gap in your experience if you come with a recommendation from someone they can trust. Find out more about effectiveness networking.