Delighted to announce my new book

Surviving Your First Year at University – A Student Toolkit

“Going to University is an exciting time but it can also feel scary and overwhelming. This excellent guide helps demystify some of the technicalities, so students can easily navigate the system…  Recommended reading for anyone keen to make the most of this brilliant life opportunity.”Lynda Brady, Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), Edge Hill University, UK.

 

Available at: McGraw Hill  and on Amazon

Are you getting ready for an online job interview?

Most job interviews today are conducted through zoom or a similar type of platform.

You will need to put your best face forward so dress for where you want to be, not for where you are. 

Practice using the platform and become familiar with the various functions such as: sound, video, screen sharing and chat boxes.

Conduct the interview in a quiet and uncluttered space. Keep your desk clear. Your background should portray a professional image.  

Slow down your speech. The interview panel is getting used to your voice and accent.   

Practice looking into the camera.

Avoid any note taking.  The interviewers want to see you not the top of your head!

Similarly, don’t be tempted to read or consult notes – this looks very obvious using this platform.  Would you read or consult notes if the interview was conducted person to person?

Check technology, broadband speed and signal well in advance of the interview.

Log on in good time, at least 10 minutes ahead of the interview time.  Treat the waiting time as the time you would normally spend in the reception area of a building, waiting to be called. 

Once admitted, check that you can be heard and seen.

Remember to smile when greeted!

Never assume that your microphone is silent or your camera is in the off position.

No matter what checks you have done before the interview, do not assume the computer will remember the changes – you must check that all is in order with both sound and camera.

As in the face to face interview situation, the interview is not over until you have left the building.  Treat the laptop as you would do the building, ensuring that all applications are fully shut down. How many times have you heard mutterings when a caller assumed a call was finished?

Remember that you have been called for interview so the panel wants to hear you tell your story. Make it a memorable one for them.