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How to Navigate Face-to-Face Job Interviews Post-Pandemic

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no denying that things have changed – largely in the way we do things in the workplace. This means that moving forward, we should come to expect that among those changes there are those that directly relate to how employers conduct in-person interviews – especially now that online, phone, and virtual recruitment have become the norm.

So, how can you be sure how to navigate face-to-face job interviews post-pandemic? For your convenience, we discuss this in detail below.

Face to Face Job Interview Etiquette

While virtual interviews are convenient for job seekers as restrictions ease, you really just can’t beat the engagement you get from face-to-face interviews – and many people actually prefer them when given the option.

That being said, there are a number of things that still need to be considered when meeting a potential employer in person (even if you’ve been fully vaccinated and restrictions have entirely lifted).

1. Ask First

Before worrying too much about what restrictions may or may not still be in place at the company you’re interviewing for, just ask us and we will help you to prepare yourself before entering the building.

Some companies, for instance, are housed inside a building that’s made up of a number of other businesses – all of which might have their own specific policies and procedures, but all of which will also need to follow the safety guidelines of the building itself.

You might be asked to sanitise your hands on the way in – and then again once you enter the company offices. On the other hand, depending on when your interview is, these rules may no longer apply. Either way, knowing this information beforehand will help you come across prepared and professional.

2. Bring a Mask

This one might seem like a no-brainer under the current circumstances. Nevertheless, out of sheer consideration, you should always carry a mask with you should your interviewer (or the business) prefer you wear one walking to and from the interview meeting room or even during the interview itself.

While it may not be convenient, it’s safe, accommodating, and kind to have one on standby as hiring managers continue to navigate face-to-face job interviews following the coronavirus pandemic.

3. Keep Your Distance

It’s important to remember that some people are still anxious and even uncomfortable being back in the office and in close contact with other people – especially after nearly two years of remote working and virtual meetings.

That being said, making sure you keep a respectful distance when you meet your interviewer and avoid shaking their hand (unless they outwardly offer theirs first).

This also means that you may need to speak up a bit during the interview – not only because your mask might be in the way, but because you’d be surprised how much more difficult it is to hear someone from a metre away.

4. Rely on Your Body Language

This one is a big one, in particular, if you’re meant to wear a mask throughout your interview. However, body language is always an incredibly important part of any in-person meeting.

Pre and post-pandemic etiquette here is generally the same, however, when you’re keeping a respectful distance from your interviewer and potentially wearing a mask, you’ll need to try a little harder with your body language to remain engaging and show that you’re listening.

A few body language tips to help you along include:

  • Nodding when prompted
  • Maintaining a good level of eye contact
  • Ensuring your body is facing the hiring manager
  • Avoiding crossing your arms (this can make you appear closed off)
  • Periodically using your hands when speaking

5. Speak Loudly & Clearly

As we covered in section 3, speaking up during your interview is important – especially if you’re meant to be wearing a face covering. If you’re naturally on the quieter side, this might be a particular challenge for you as there’s an increased chance of your voice becoming muffled – which can cause some confusion when you and the interviewer can’t see one another’s faces from the eyes down.

To this end, speaking louder but also slightly slower than you normally would will help you make sure that the interviewer can adequately hear your responses and any questions you may have. After all, you don’t want to have to repeat yourself multiple times throughout the interview as this can cause a bit of awkward tension and slow down the interview process.

If you’re worried about this you can always practice with a friend, family, or co-worker, however, we know at this point you’re likely more than well-versed in mask-on conversations.

Questions to Consider

Now that we have those handy post-pandemic in-person interview tips out of the way, we thought it might also be a good idea to run through some COVID-19 related questions you should be prepared to answer in your interview.

#1. How are you adjusting to life after lockdown?

Keep your answer to this question short and sweet – there’s no reason to go too in-depth as it will more likely be a question to get the interview started and is meant more as a pleasantry than anything else.


#2. How has the pandemic affected your career goals?

In a nutshell, this question could be translated into ‘what are you looking for in your next role and how are we the right fit?’

Discuss how you’d like to develop moving forward and where you see yourself progressing if you were hired, emphasising how the pandemic has only pushed you to strive for more.

#3. How did you have to adapt to the pandemic?

Here you can touch on how you adapted to working from home during the pandemic and how you’re prepared to remain flexible at work.

It’s also good to elaborate on what you’ve learned over the last year and a half – highlighting where you may have taken advantage of the extra time you had and how you developed your skills on your own.

#4. How did you cope with the stress of COVID-19?

If an interviewer asks you this question, what they really want to know is ‘how did you handle yourself when things got hard?’

Again, you don’t have to go into too much detail here, however, focusing on how you organised and managed your workload and making time for self-care is probably best.

#5. What’s one good thing that came out of the pandemic for you?

Take a moment to gather your thoughts with this one – as it can be tricky if not triggering for some people depending on their experience over the last while.

Reflecting on how the pandemic made you realise how much you value your time with friends and family, or how you uncovered a keen interest in a fun new hobby is enough.

Questions to Ask

While you’ll be readily prepared to answer questions pandemic-related and otherwise, you should also have a few specific post-pandemic questions to ask your potential employer to give you a better understanding of the company, your role, and their working culture.

Feel free to use the following questions to get yourself started:

  • What impact did the pandemic have on the company?
  • How has the pandemic changed your team and/or company’s objectives?
  • What opportunities will your employees have to upskill moving forward?
  • How has your company culture changed from pre to post-pandemic?
  • How did your team and/or company adapt to COVID-19, and what changes will remain in the future?

While navigating face-to-face job interviews post-pandemic may be an intimidating notion at first, remember that we’re all adjusting to these changes and the ‘new normal’ together – and we’ll be all the better for it.

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Getting the most out of EW Recruitment

Candidates can really boost their chances when they know how to take advantage of our knowledge and connections in the best way. Here are 8 tips to help:

1. Make contact or meet in person to build a relationship

Your relationship with us is all about clear and open communication. A great partnership and the way you talk to us will be reflected in how we talk about you to employers.

Build rapport in conversations and let us get to know more than just what your CV says. You become more memorable the more you get in touch and ask questions.

We know our clients and our industries well, so take advantage. If you see a job on our site that makes you excited, you could always get ahead of the competition and give us a call about it before you even apply to discuss their priorities and culture.

2. Reliability and honesty

Any successful relationship is build on honesty and trust.

Be open about your history as we can only help what we know. Dishonesty or leaving out information can damage credibility. If there is something that you think is negative in your job history, think of what you learned from the situation or what steps you took to improve it.

Be as reliable as possible. Especially when dealing with interviews, for example if you can’t attend. It is vital you inform EW Recruitment in adequate time as these things are remembered.

3. Focus

If you know what you want out of your career, don’t be vague. Tell us your journey and what you want next. Specifics like the companies you would most like to work for help our team find what you need and are taken more seriously.

4. Flexibility and realistic expectations

As above, we like people who know what they want and will find jobs that match as best we can. However, you may need to show some flexibility or compromise on your requirements, especially if your job search is urgent.

It can be a challenge, but try to make time to attend interviews within your schedule and return our messages from our team if you are serious about getting that job.

Resilience throughout the process is related to managing expectations.
The world of recruitment is ever changing, and circumstances can change quickly. If a role is withdrawn, something will come along soon enough.

5. Proactivity

You must take responsibility for your own career search by being proactive. Don’t be afraid to chase our team for updates/feedback – this will be viewed in a positive light as it demonstrates commitment.

6. Use our knowledge

EW Recruitment knows and understands their clients and what they want to see at interview. We also have a lot of experience when it comes to interview techniques. Even the best interviewees can improve or learn something new – take advantage of what we can offer.

7. Let us do our thing

Agree communication preferences with your consultant and trust that it is in everyone’s interest to get you into the right role.

8. Stay in touch

Let us know how you’re getting on when you start in a new role. The best part of our job is hearing of all your successes and how much you’re enjoying your new job.

Please also keep us updated if your circumstances change.

Hopefully taking all of these into account will help your experience as a job seeker and give you the edge.

Interested ? We are dedicated to providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process, providing you with support on how to prepare and impress at each stage.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to follow our social media for more help with your job search.

Looking for work? Look your best

Nail that new job !

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Commonly asked Interview questions…and how to answer them

Commonly asked interview questions.

After the last year it’s no surprise that many of us are interview rusty. This post looks at the top commonly asked interview questions and gives some tips on how to answer them.

Question 1:  TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.

What they really want to know: Who do you think you are? And will you know what to leave in and what to leave out? Break it down, rehearse, breeze it. Make your answer sound natural by practicing.

Question 2:  WHY ARE YOU APPLYING FOR THIS JOB?

Real Question: What can you do that we need? Do you know what we need? Reflect the job spec in your answer. Discuss their needs before yours.

Question 3: WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTHS?

Real Question: Do you really know yourself — and what our problem is here? Answer with the job description in mind. Go beyond adjectives such as “hard-working” and “trust-worthy”. Give examples.

Question 4:  WHERE WILL YOU BE IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME?

Real Question: Are you after this job or just any job? How soon will you need a new challenge? Do you have a realistic sense of what we offer you? If you do not know, calmly say so — it is only natural. “I want to be doing your job!” is usually a fail — it’s too confrontational. One honest reply is to acknowledge you are there to talk about the job on offer, not the job it leads to. Also, use the opportunity to detail your achievements.

Question 5:  WHAT DO YOUR CO-WORKERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT YOU?

Real Question: Do you sound calm or wary about this? Are you self-aware or just self-conscious? This catches out people not been telling the whole truth, so use true examples.

Question 6:  HOW WOULD YOU MANAGE YOUR WORK IF NOT IN THE OFFICE?

Real Question: The world is unpredictable. Can you handle the unexpected? Be specific about what you would do — that simple.

Question 7:  HAVE YOU IMPROVED IN THE LAST YEAR?

Real Question: Are you ready to be challenged and learn from your mistakes? This tests self-knowledge, resilience and ability to improve in less strong areas. Aim to convince the interviewer you are happy to accept a challenge and learn from the experience.

Need help? We are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service, based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help your job search. Whether it be for admin jobs or office jobs.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read our article Advice to find a new job.

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Looking for work? Look your best

Looking for work? Look your best

Looking for work is never easy but its even worse if you’ve been out of employment for a while and need to dress to impress.

Dress to impress

 

Timpsons (This will take  you to the page ) provide free dry cleaning for people who aren’t employed who are needing interview clothes.

We’ve got some tips on nailing a new job and refreshing your CV. Let’s get everyone working!

Everyone working

We are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process. Providing you with support on how to prepare and impress.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read out article Advice to find a new job.

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Ten tips to make a success of flexible working

Ten tips to make a success of flexible working to mull over as there is a renewed sense of optimism for staff who are looking to a future of flexible or “hybrid” working.

It’s an exciting time for businesses who are exiting “survival mode” are looking to embrace the new normal. The trend for businesses is not “how do we go back to the old way of working” but rather is this our opportunity to learn some positive lessons from the past year and break out of the traditional 9-5 model.

Ten tips to make a success of flexible working

So what will this new exciting future look like?

Not every industry will be able to shift to a remote, nor would want to, with industries such as manufacturing and distribution always needing a majority of staff, on site. The new normal will clearly look different for every business.

The question is how can technologies and practices adopted over the course of the pandemic be used to drive businesses forward in a period of growth. To the benefit of both staff and company leaders. The past 12 months has demonstrated the ability of organisations to adapt and clearly, there is optimism about the return to the workplace as people recognise the positive social drivers for going into the office.

Over the pandemic many businesses now see that a mixture of working from home  with a few days required to attend offices is the way forward. So lets look at some tips to make this a success:

Ten tips to make a success of flexible working:
  1. Open and honest communication –  foster trust and engagement through organisations through regular and honest communications.
  2. Ensuring working teams are scheduled in the office collectively- schedule team members to be working in the office on the same days. Collaborative working will help spark the new ideas business needs to gain a competitive advantage.
  3. Adapting working hours- A return to the workplace doesn’t have to mean a return to rigidity. Allowing employees the flexibility to adapt their start/end times to suit their needs if in the office.
  4. Book a Desk-  implement desk booking services to ensure an easy and safe flow of workers in and out of the premises and allow teams to arrange their schedules in advance.
  5. Reports on flexible working- keep a close eye on productivity in and out of the office via the normal systems and provide regular reports in order to change and adapt again if needed.
  6. Equipment management- us a cloud based system to order and track employee equipment. Making them as portable as possible.
  7. Encouraging the use of annual leave- Making sure that employees use holiday time and not flexible time as their “downtime”!
  8. Reassess your office space -Ensuring the office is future proofed for hybrid working-: Are you set up to accommodate a mix of remote and on premise workers? Do you need as much space? Audit what you have and adapt. Others are.
  9. Social activities- ensure that office or virtual based days still ensures that each employee, regardless of location, is receiving the same level of engagement.
  10. Fostering a team mind set- make every effort to keep a team mindset at the centre of all you do. Use cloud based systems to help facilitate a flow between office and home.

What will this new normal look like? Have a read. Check out some of our flexible jobs on our job search page and our advertised jobs on Reed. The future looks bright… lets get everyone working!

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Nail that new job !

Nail that new job !

The sun is finally shining, the clocks have changed and days are getting longer. Is there any better way to celebrate than nailing that new job? To help you along, whether you have been searching for a while or are new to it all,  here are four great tips to give you a spring job search boost and nail that new job!

Clean up your CV

Don’t make these mistakes! Review or update your CV; companies take on average 6 seconds to decide whether they want to look further at a candidate. So make sure yours stands out by ensuring it’s layout is clear and not too long. Only include the basics of your previous roles and any important points which relate to the new job you are applying for. Any further details needed to nail the post can be discussed over the phone or in an interview.

Get to know us!

We are a friendly bunch and really believe in building a one to one relationship with our candidates. We will listen to your needs and experiences and match them to jobs we currently have or keep you in mind for future roles. Always remember to respond to any emails and calls and take onboard any feedback we provide. We speak directly to your potential employers and are responsible for selling you,  so make sure you let us get to know you well. Get the best out of EW Recruitment.

Polish up your interview skills

Interviews can be pretty daunting, especially if you haven’t been to one in a while.  Remember, they don’t have to be scary! Your dedicated Recruiter at EW Recruitment will be there every step of the way to help you in the process, providing you with support on how to prepare and impress at each stage.  With us, a one of the leading recruitment agencies in Hertfordshire UK in your corner there is no need to worry and with our tips, hints and support you are sure to nail that new job

Remember to follow our social media for more help with your job search.

 

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Overcome hurdles in your job hunt

Overcoming  hurdles in your job hunt  and facing the common challenges that all job seekers face is the focus here.

How you can overcome these obstacles in your job hunt. You may be just out of university, or you may have much more experience under your belt. Some obstacles are imagined, others are very real.

Fear and self-doubt

 It is too easy to not push for better because you are worried about the unknown and don’t like change. Even success is scary as it is pushing your boundaries and often increasing responsibility, so it is more comfortable to dream something than to act on it.

This often complements fear of failure, which can be very common. There are many facets to this fear – life will become unstable, you may make the wrong decision, they may not approve of you. If you fail, how will you pay those bills? What will people think if you’re not good enough? It can also be easy to overthink situations and scenarios from fear without ever acting.

Realise that you can make changes gradually and in a less intimidating way and know that with belief, comes actual success. Overcoming such fears is incredibly rewarding.

 

What is your passion?

It can be hard to work this one out and many people change careers entirely. You are often told to find your passion and follow it, but there is so much choice out there, you have absolutely no idea where to begin.

 

Ensuring your CV is seen

Many recruiters now do an automated scan of your CV and covering letter against the most relevant keywords in the job spec. So many who use the wrong words will not make it onto  their radar. Ensure you check the exact words used and use them, but don’t be tempted to lie.

Time

Especially when you are in full time work, it can be a great challenge to find the time. Pre-planning time in your schedule always helps.

Your dedicated Recruiter at EW Recruitment will be there every step of the way to help you in the process, providing you with support on how to prepare and impress at each stage.  With us in your corner there is no need to worry and with our tips, hints and support you are sure to nail that new job!

Remember to follow our social media for more help with your job search.