Job interviews have changed a lot in the past year. We’ve gone from screening calls and face to face interviews or even group interviews to almost completely video-based job interviews.
For the most part, this has been positive. You can now interview for a job anywhere in the country, or the world, from anywhere that has a good Wi-Fi connection. Interviews have become shorter too and the focus has homed in on figuring out three key things.
Can you do the role?
Do you really want the position?
Would you be a good fit for the company?
Below are our top tips for articulating these three points in a video interview.
Demonstrating you can do the role
The hiring manager has seen your CV and if you’ve got an interview you know they like what they see. Now it is time to show them that you can use these skills and experiences to bring value to their team and company.
Do not fall into the trap of ‘winging it’. Practice common competency-based interview questions and focus on your achievements that link with the job specification. For example, if asked ‘tell me about a time where you overcame a challenge’ have a good answer ready that demonstrates you have the skills needed to do the job at hand.
Above all else provide results-based answers - the STAR technique is really helpful for this. You should also highlight any upskilling you’ve done during the pandemic or before. This shows you are interested in the area you are working in and highlights your capabilities in a different way. In fact, 77% of employers are more likely to shortlist employees who regularly upskill and it’s likely this figure has gone up since the pandemic.
If you are interviewing for a job that doesn’t directly relate to your current role, highlight your transferrable skills. This is your time to bring your CV to life and articulate you can do the job with the skills you have.
Showing you want the job
Employers want to hire people who will be happy in their roles and really want to work for the company. How can you show this? Think about something you love or one of your favourite hobbies. It is likely you know a lot about it and when chatting to friends have lots of questions to ask about it.
This should be your goal in an interview. Show your interest by doing your research, knowing lots about the company and even the interviewer (check out their LinkedIn) and asking insightful questions in the interview.
Smile, be enthusiastic and actively listen when the interviewer is speaking. To help with this find a quiet place to interview, turn off your mobile and remove any distractions, for example, email notifications. Finally, tell them you want the role and why! Sometimes it’s as simple as that.
Articulating you would be good to work with
It’s likely the person you are interviewing with will be working with you quite closely. On top of your qualifications, they’ll be interested in learning about your personality so they can see if you’d be good to work with.
You don’t need to be best friends, but it is important to show you’d be a good colleague and a good culture fit. Check out the company website and see if your values match those of the company. Provide some examples of extracurricular activities or elements of your role that align with those.
For example, are you part of the D&I committee or are you involved in any volunteer work? Do you have hobbies or interests outside of your 9-5? Show the interviewer your real self and you are much more likely to get a job you’ll really enjoy.
Job interviews in 2021 have changed, but a lot has stayed the same. Employers still want to know that you can do the job at hand, that you’re passionate and interested in working for the company and that you’ll be pleasant to work with.
Prep in advance, show your skills and personality and if the job is right for you you should have nothing to worry about.