How can I make myself stand out in an interview from home?

As Britain slowly eases out of lockdown, there is pressure on jobseekers to make a good impression – this is likely to be on interviews conducted online amid increased competition for fewer jobs.

Early indicators suggest that last month, the number of employees on payroll fell by more than 600,000 compared with March, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

It also shows that the that the UK has experienced the largest quarterly decrease in vacancies with 342,000 fewer jobs in March to May 2020 than in the previous quarter and 365,000 fewer than the year before.

Job search gurus say that the same interview rules apply, such as dressing the part, even if you're doing them via Zoom

Job search gurus say that the same interview rules apply, such as dressing the part, even if you’re doing them via Zoom 

While competition will be tough, it is possible to get hired in this difficult environment and experts have given their top tips to give yourself the best chance of succeeding. 

You will have to be prepared to make adjustments to the way in which you apply for roles to stand out from the crowd.

Darain Faraz, careers expert at business network website LinkedIn, says: ‘Many people may be feeling disheartened given the current circumstances, but our shows that companies are still hiring – albeit with some differences to the recruitment process.

‘Things we previously took for granted, like looking someone in the eye or shaking a hand at the end of an interview are now not possible, but there are still lots of ways to stand out from the crowd and ace a virtual meeting.’

If you’re job hunting or have landed a Zoom interview here are some tips and tricks you can use to help try and land that job:

1. Identify growth industries and specialisations

A company that’s expanding and looking for investment is more likely to hire than introduce recruitment freezes.

Joe Wiggins, job search expert at Glassdoor, says: ‘Look for companies with growing revenues and maybe even start-ups that have successfully undertaken new financing rounds.’

Amanda Augustine, career expert for TopCV, adds job hunters should consider businesses that have had to ramp-up hiring to meet current Covid-19 related demands. 

She says: ‘Many of these national brands, such as Amazon, DPD and Kingfisher (who own B&Q and Screwfix), are looking to fill positions around the world.’

Recently, we looked at six sectors proving resilient in the face of the pandemic – and revealed expert tips to picking a potential new career. 

These include: teaching and tutoring, medical and social care, and exercise coaching.  

Amanda Augustine, career expert for TopCV, says job hunters should consider businesses that have had to ramp up hiring to meet current Covid-19 related demands

Amanda Augustine, career expert for TopCV, says job hunters should consider businesses that have had to ramp up hiring to meet current Covid-19 related demands

2. Leverage your network

Around 50 per cent of open positions are never publicly published, according to TopCV.

Amanda says: ‘Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to network and conduct informational interviews from the safety of your flat.

‘You can message existing and potential networking contacts via social…


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