Top 5 Remote Online Interview Tips During Lockdown
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives, but none has been impacted quite as much as the recruitment industry. For a while, it seemed like most businesses would stop hiring altogether — after all, they struggled even to operate. But luckily, our digital technology came to the rescue, allowing many industries to continue working online.
Now, many businesses are hiring again. But one key aspect of recruiting — the interview — has changed drastically. Instead of going to the offices to meet your employers, now you’re simply expected to turn on your laptop. And though online interviews may sound so much easier to do, they still require some preparation. So, here are a few tips to help you breeze through your next interview!
1. Test Your Technology Beforehand
Showing up just when the interview starts without checking your video and audio is asking for disaster. Many things can go wrong with your technology, and the last thing you want is to keep your interviewers waiting. Instead, make sure to test your camera and microphone beforehand and remove any potentially embarrassing filters!
2. Dress to Impress
Yes, indeed, the interviewers will only see your head and shoulders during the conversation. Still, that doesn’t mean you should wear your pyjama bottoms! Dress as if you’re meeting your employers in person — simple but professional. It will give you a boost of confidence you’ll surely need.
3. Make Eye Contact
Of course, you won’t be able to make eye contact like you would in person. But you can look focused and confident and avoid any sort of distractions. Simply put, act as if you’re in an actual, in-person interview. The circumstances may be different, but the rules are the same!
4. Ensure Your Surroundings Are Quiet
People talking in the background, loud noises, and needy pets will distract both you and the employers. When preparing for the interview, make sure you find a quiet room just for yourself. That way, you can focus entirely on the questions and present yourself in the best possible light.
5. Treat It Like Any Other Interview
Whether it’s online or not, an interview is still an interview. It’s an opportunity for you to show off your skills and market yourself, so you need to prepare for it as such. Rehearse commonly asked questions, research the company, and be polite and engaging. And don’t forget to thank the interviewers for their time!
Equipped with these tips, you should ace your online interview without fail. If you still have some questions, though, or need more advice, don’t hesitate to contact Corr Recruitment. We’ll be more than happy to help you land your dream job!
Will Working from Home Become the New Normal?
If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that office work may be obsolete. Why spend every morning commuting to your workplace if you can just turn on your laptop and do the same tasks from your living room?
And employers are starting to see the benefits of working from home too. After all, remote workers use their electricity, water, broadband — the employer doesn’t have to provide anything. On top of that, there’s no need to rent an office space, which significantly reduces expenses.
So, now that we know remote work is viable, will it become the new norm? Well, many industries will fully accept it or at least partly incorporate it. Still, we don’t expect it to entirely replace the traditional workplace. And here is exactly why:
Lack of Collaboration
Obviously, collaborative work is still possible to do even remotely. There are so many programs and apps that enable it — from Zoom and Microsoft Teams to Slack and Discord. All these apps allow meetings and screen sharing and have dozens of features that help collaborations run smoothly.
Still, no matter how good an app may be, it can’t replace face-to-face communication in all situations. The exchange of ideas is much quicker and smoother when you talk to someone in person, after all. Even video chats can’t quite measure up — there’s always a possibility that technical issues will get in the way.
Theoretically, remote work should increase workers’ productivity levels. After all, they work alone from home, with no office chatter to distract them and no need to waste time commuting. But in practice, it seems that many employees feel less productive in their own homes.
And why is that, you may ask? Well, primarily, it’s because the line between personal and professional life is blurred. You’re at home, in your private space, so your mind isn’t 100% focused on the work at hand. And if you have children, pets, or other family members, they can be distracting even if you tell them not to disturb you while you work.
Some Jobs Can’t Be Done Remotely
And finally, you can’t expect everyone to do their jobs remotely. If you work in the hospitality industry, transportation, or retail, you need direct contact with your clients. For these kinds of professions and trades, sitting at home with your laptop simply isn’t enough.
Working from home is by no means a new concept, but it’s never been quite as widespread as it is now. And we don’t doubt that many people will work remotely even long after the pandemic ends. Still, office work won’t disappear entirely — it may change in some ways, but it’s here to stay.
5 Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Recruitment Agency
As an employer, you know how hard it is to find relevant and skilled candidates for your job. And things get even harder when your own HR department fails to understand your requirements and needs. That’s why most companies decide to work with a recruitment agency, especially nowadays. But choosing the right agency is hard, so we are here to help by explaining the steps you need to take. Below you will find 5 simple steps to choosing the right recruitment agency,
1. Understand Your Company Requirements
If you need specialised employees, it’s important to partner with an agency with expertise in that area. As such, you should look for a recruitment agency that focuses on your niche. And while general recruitment agencies are good, it is better to find an expert in your industry.
2. Ask About Their Hiring Strategies
It’s extremely important to ask a recruitment company how they handle the hiring process before partnering up. Since many agencies use pre-screening tests, reviewing their strategy will give you an insight into their recruitment process. That can help you decide whether their standards match yours.
3. Research Their Reputation
While it’s easy for an agency to boast about its success, past clients might have a different opinion on it. Therefore, you should always research the reputation and the reviews of the agency. An agency with a long list of happy clients is more likely to find you good and reliable employees. Likewise, a newcomer with little experience and reputation might do the opposite, letting you and your company down.
4. Good Customer Service Is a Must
It doesn’t matter if you need help or just have a few questions — having good customer support is paramount. And with so many methods of communication, there is no excuse for feeling left out and with no one to ask for help. If you are having trouble talking with a representative of the agency, especially during the early stage, you should avoid the company altogether.
5. Learn About Their Candidate Pool
The goal of the agency is to match you with relevant candidates. That’s why having a large candidate pool is important, as it guarantees a diverse range of applicants. You should ask the company about its success rate and how they screen candidates.
The Bottom Line
In the end, partnering with a reliable and professional recruitment agency is the best way to find employees. And if you are looking for the perfect agency, you should contact Corr Recruitment. Not only do we specialize in a variety of sectors, but we also have a great reputation. Why waste your time with small and limited agencies when you could take advantage of our diverse candidate pool? You can count on us to find the ideal employees for your company. We hope our 5 simple steps to choosing the right recruitment agency will help you in choosing the right one for you.
Top 5 Ways to Structure a CV That Will Get You Noticed
When it comes to job hunting, having a strong and interesting CV is extremely important. And with so much competition on the market, a good CV may be the deciding factor between getting hired or not. That’s why we are here to help you structure your CV, giving you an edge over the competition.
Start by Introducing Yourself
You might be tempted to start listing your accomplishments and experiences right at the beginning. However, you should begin by introducing yourself and summarizing your career highlights. Don’t fall into the trap of bloating your introduction; just touch on the most important information, such as name and contact details. And remember to tailor the introduction to the requirements of the company.
Once the introductions are done, you ought to talk about your educational background. Although high school is important, you should focus on talking about your university and what you learned from it. You could mention extracurricular activities you took part in, as they will make your CV stand out. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can also write any relevant training and courses.
Make Your Skills Easy to Read
Let’s be honest — nobody has time to read a bloated CV, especially when there are so many candidates out there. As such, you can summarise your skills by using bullet points or lists, making for a much easier read. Additionally, you should only mention relevant skills that will help the company you apply for.
Experience Is Important
Work experience is important, so you should include your work history, both paid and unpaid. You must also tailor this section by listing relevant experience and describing each job you had. But remember that your employer can always research your job history, so don’t lie about past jobs.
Hype Your Achievements
You should mention the most relevant achievements, such as personal projects and contests you won. The HR department will most likely look for things to help them decide between two similar CVs, so this section is important. We advise you to focus on the skills you used for each of your accomplishments.
All in all, you should pay attention to the way you structure your CV. And while following our tips will help you, it all boils down to your qualifications. However, if you need more help finding a job or preparing your CV, you can always head to Corr Recruitment. We can make sure that you find your next dream job.
Transition period with EU has ended
The way employers recruit EU Nationals as of 11pm on the 31st December 2020…..or more commonly referred to as the 1st January 2021 has changed! However, typically, and as smooth as the transition over Brexit (!), we still find ourselves with more questions than answers and really the only clear outlook will be once we hit the 1st July 2021, when the grace period ends.
EU Settlement what we do know so far?
Referring to our previous EU Settlement news item here, what we do know are the processes and actions you apply must be consistent and fair. How do you know a candidate was in the UK before the 11pm curfew? Or look at it the other way, how do you prove it wasn’t after the 11pm curfew? No matter how you decide to conduct your process, make sure you do not land yourself in a discrimination tangle! Between now and the 30th June 2021, you cannot ask someone to declare their European Union Settlement status….this must be voluntary. You cannot exclude somebody in the selection process just because you know they are an EU National and you are trying to be “safe”. The opinion of Corr Recruitment and probably shared by many, is if an applicant is applying for a job and they have EU Settlement status in either form then the candidate will openly offer that evidence, why would they not?
UK, EU, or non – EU citizen – steps to ensure due diligence
Due diligence that was referred to, is something that is an equal process you follow for UK, EU or non-EU citizens – a practice that you can demonstrate you undertake for ‘everyone’. Part of your RTW ‘and’ other document checks are a good “starter for 10”. Establishing proof of NI or application or time period to apply, along with Proof of Address are key in establishing the issues raised above and in doing so, will be a practice adopted for all candidates. In this current time of the year, relevant Proof of Address will be official evidence of ‘anyone’s’ date/time residence within the UK…..and could resolve your conundrum. Interview questions are also a good source, however they need to be backed up with evidence of time, then of course it needs to be consistent across all Nationalities. Roll-on 1st July 2021, not only because it will be a lot warmer, but Home Office guidance will surely be there for all to see and follow, with no grey areas. (watch this space!)
On a Lighter Note…..Did You Know?
Since we left the EU in terms of the Brexit deal/arrangements, the following link courtesy of the BBC (source) offers you the “7 Things that Changed on the 1st January” I mean who can remember Duty Free coming back from your European holiday? Well it’s back! Before your flight home people will spend endless hours in the Duty Free store buying things as they believe they are getting a bargain. By the time you get home you realise you have purchased that self-gift that you didn’t really need but it just stood out at you at the time, how many Spanish Sombreros does one person need! Anyway look at the top 7 things that have changed since the 1st January https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-54195827 enjoy!
Working for Experience!
Meet Chloe, Chloe is 18 years old on work experience at Corr Recruitment. Chloe was studying a business diploma at college but had realised she had no experience working in an office environment.
Ashlea Thompson, Regional Manager (https://www.corr-recruitment.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/) has been working closely with Chloe over the past 2 weeks to give her a good understanding of the workplace environment.
Ashlea said: “Self-Reliance in my opinion is the biggest experience you encounter in the workplace. To an extent, college and university already develops self-reliance, unlike schools. You are encouraged to find your own answers and develop your own pathway.
Applying skills in an academic environment is completely different from doing it in the workplace. Students develop a greater sense of self-awareness when there is more riding on their actions and ability to do the job than achieving a grade. Work experience is about being trusted and demonstrating you can take on tasks independently. It helps them identify their strengths and weaknesses.
You might not realise it at the time, but as a student, you are still immature. As AMAZING as higher education is you are still somewhat restricted to the kind of people you associate with. It is entirely possible that your exposure to the ‘real world’ may still be minimal.
Working in a team where your colleagues vary drastically in terms of age, experience and knowledge can significantly alter your perceptions and allow you to see things differently; this enhanced maturity will not only stand you in good stead for future jobs but also benefit studies. By having a more balanced viewpoint and starting to see the world outside your own “educational bubble”, personal development will improve.
The development of interpersonal skills is fundamentally important and can only be effectively acquired in a workplace environment. Communicating with clarity and discretion is essential for any successful employee. It doesn’t just mean being able to speak and listen. Knowing when to take the lead and when to take a step back; these are lessons that can only be learned and observed in a real-life work scenario.
No employer wants a worker who constantly hits brick walls in the course of their daily work; rather, they want somebody who can use their initiative and seeking out their own solutions. Luckily, being proactive and competent is a lot easier when you have some experience to back up your intuition, meaning that from day one you will not be constantly leaning on the shoulders of your more experienced colleagues.
Team work is the foundation of every successful business/family and friendship, everyone needs to get on with others. Students need to learn working within a group and recognise that the strengths and weaknesses of individuals are only effective when combined into something greater than “I, Myself and Me”.
Every job role is different, and you will encounter different IT systems, processes and tools depending on your chosen profession. But for example, basic IT skills are expected, at Corr Recruitment we teach the basics, for every platform we operate with. You will also get exposure to answering the phone, filing, scanning, meeting and greeting.
One of the biggest obstacles I seem to encounter is the Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem of the younger generation. My aim at Corr Recruitment (https://www.corr-recruitment.co.uk/about-us/) is to make our work experience students more confident and well-rounded, an essential element of both personal and professional skills. Being taught skills like organisation, time keeping, thinking ahead, planning your day, time managing tasks and prioritising your work is learning how to deal with the demands of different managers and requests from colleagues. Juggling, multi-tasking and delivering on time and to a high standard, work experience teaches it all. Something that you enjoy every day – and being good at it – will bring out the best of you.
Now Over to You!
And finally, just because you are not classed as an actual employee, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make an impression on others. This means having to learn how to create and develop professional relationships with colleagues, managers and even clients. One of life’s vitally important skills that you will use for the entire duration of your career and personal life
It can also lead to a multitude of opportunities. If you impress with your attitude and your ability, then there might just be a permanent job waiting when you graduate.
These are important lessons; you never know how important these connections will be; hands-on experience will help you learn to cultivate them.
First impressions could truly set you apart from your peers…………and be long lasting!