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Top 10 Interview Tips to Navigate the Changing Landscape during COVID-19

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

1.      Preparation 

Following these key points, you will significantly increase your probability of getting your dream role.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

2.    Presentation 

  • Female - Office attire such as a skirt, dress with stockings, trousers, blouse or smart top, polished shoes, neat hair, professional makeup.

  •  Male – Office attire such as a suit, trousers, shirt, tie or polo top, polished shoes, clean-shaven or trimmed beard, fresh haircut.

 If attending a pre-recorded or live video interview, present as you would for a face to face interview ensuring that the area around your presents as you would like to be presented.

3.    Punctuality 

  • If you have to, do a trial run to the interview.

  • Allow extra time for any traffic and or other unexpected delays.

  •  If you arrive early, do not go into the interview until 5-10 minutes before it is due to start.

  • For video or telephone interviews, ensure you download and test any links to Zoom/Skype or any other video interview tools. Sit in a quiet place 5-10 minutes before, have everything you need in front of you.

4.    Hygiene 

Avoid having a cigarette or coffee right before the interview and, avoid walking in the heat, take an Uber if you need to. Have some deodorant/perfume and mints to freshen up before you go in. If attending a video interview ensure the area around you is neat and presents well. 

5.    First Impressions 

  •  The way an interviewer perceives your body language can make the difference between receiving a lucrative job offer or not.

  •  If completing a video interview, ensure you are sitting comfortably with no background noise or other distractions. 

We have included a short video interview on body language.

6.    Research 

  • Check out their website and social media, 

  • Look up the interviewer on LinkedIn, 

  • Why do you want to work for the company?

  • If you have a video interview, make sure you clear away all interview notes an interviewer will know if you are reading and it will affect your performance.

7.    Role Requirements

  • Go through the position description and highlight all the requirements of the position.

  •  Identify what transferable skills you have that meet the position requirements.

  • Ensure you highlight these skills as part of the interview process.

8.    Sell Yourself

 Tell me about yourself and what are your key strengths are questions that people can struggle to know how to answer. You must answer these questions well to stand out from the competition as if you are not able to demonstrate why the employer should hire you, why would they want to hire you?

Below are some sample answers;

  • Tell me about yourself?

  • Why should we hire you? 

  • What are your strengths?

9.    Interviews & Questions

Here are some tips;

  • Phone Interview - How to prepare for a phone interview?

  • One on one face to face -  Top 21 interview questions for 2020

  • One on one competency and behavioural questions - Star technique tutorial -

  • Guide on how to answer difficult competency-based questions -

  • Skype/Video Interview -

Unlikely in the current climate, for future reference;

  • Group Interviews -

  • Assessment Centre Interviews -

10.   End of the Interview

Interview question ideas;

Thank the interviewer for their time, establish the next steps and, send a personalised thank you message.

"I will prepare and someday my chance will come" - Abraham Lincoln

Sweven Talent Management

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