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With many of our team members working from home on a regular basis, our hiring process has become increasingly virtual. Here are some tips to help you with a virtual interview: 

Test your technology and internet connection 

Avoid potential technical glitches by testing your equipment and internet connection before the virtual meeting. Our preferred platform for virtual interviews is Microsoft Teams. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Microsoft Teams account, you can still join a meeting - here’s some more information on how to get set up. If you’d like a pre-interview test run to check everything’s working ok, our recruitment team will be happy to support you with this. 

Keep your email address / username simple 

In today’s digital world, your email address or username is often your first impression. Keep your email address and username simple. Avoid using symbols and the numbers one and zero, which can look like letters depending on the font, potentially causing confusion when we’re trying to contact you.   

Dress for success 

Our dress policy takes the form of a simple guiding principle – to dress appropriately for your day. For virtual interviews we recommend you dress as though you would for an in-person interview.  

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If possible, sit in front of a blank background, or use one of the digital backgrounds on Microsoft Teams (we find the blur one easy to use). If you need help in how to set this up, our recruitment team will be happy to support you with this. 

Sitting near a window provides a good source of natural light or have a light on nearby. Try to avoid having the sun or a bright light in your eyes – it can make it hard to see the screen! 

Look at the camera 

It’s easy to look at us as you talk but, in a virtual meeting, this might mean that we don’t see your face. Try to keep your eyes on the camera as you talk, so it’s like we’re in the same room together. 

Extra tip: Write your talking points on Post-it notes. You can then place those notes on your computer screen to help you during the call. 

Remove any distractions 

Do what you can to eliminate or minimise potential interruptions prior to beginning the call. 

Turn off the TV, silence your phone and close the windows to reduce any outside noise. While you can’t plan for every distraction the more prepared you can be, the easier it will feel.

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