How can you prepare for a face-to-face (or video) interview and make a great impression during it?

Our HR team share some useful tips on this with you to help you be ready for your next job interview. (And at the bottom on the this blog, you’ll find help weblinks to other FREE media with tips and advice on this topic.)

As well as being late for an interview, you can be too early! Ideally, try to be 15-mins’ early at most. But never be late!

If you feel nervous in your interview, it isn’t a train smash. It’s okay to ask for a moment to get yourself calmer or to think a bit longer about a question you’ve been asked if you need to (or you can ask the Interviewer to re-phrase their question, if it helps).

When it comes to a dress code for interviews, there’s no one right way to dress. But as a general rule rather be over-dressed instead under-dressed. Basically, err on side of caution (in right direction [i.e. over-dressed]). Remember, you can always call the Recruiter or company’s reception to ask them what the dress code is there, in advance of your interview. It’s never wrong to ask.”

Linda

“Make sure you look the part in how you dress and present yourself.

As a Recruiter, I’m not going to tell you how to dress, as it’s got to be your own style.

But try to find out before you go to the interview what the general accepted dress code is for the company.”

Thato

Before you attend the interview, it’s best if you have a good idea about what the job is for and what the company does. For example, try to find out more about the company’s mission, values, and goals. Often you can find these on a company’s website.

At ooba, we try to keep interviews informal. Usually, this is our interview process: we’ll start by asking you to tell us a bit about yourself, then we’ll tell you a bit about our business and the role you’re applying for. After this, we’ll ask you some questions about your experience and expertise, and give you an opportunity to ask questions. Thereafter, we close the interview and let you know the next steps.

During your interview, listen carefully to the question that is being asked, then try to answer directly and concisely. Don’t waffle, rather when you speak try to answer the question you’ve been asked and then stop speaking once you’ve answered it. After you’ve finished speaking, it’s okay to ask the person interviewing you if they feel you’ve answered the question.”

Linda

“In the actual interview, it’s best if you can stay relaxed. When you’re very nervous it can show physically – so try your best to manage this. If you need to ask for water then ask for a glass of water or if you need to take a minute or ask for some time / space, then do so.

Remember, the person interviewing wants you to succeed. They want to help you remain calm and be your best self in the interview!

If you’re asked a question that you need a moment to think about a good answer then just say you need a moment to think about it. Don’t just say anything because you feel you have to.”

Thato

Once your interview is finished, it’s a good time to: 

  • Say ‘Thanks’;
  • And ask about next steps. 

If you’ve attended a job interview at ooba and you haven’t heard from the us within a week or two then feel free to contact us to ask for an update.

When contacting a company for an update on your job application, it helps to do it in a polite way – don’t be too aggressive…but don’t be too fawning either.

Sometimes, when following up for feedback, it’s best to try sending an email to the Recruiter  before calling (or WhatsApp’ing). If they haven’t replied to your email after 48-hours then try calling them.”

Linda

“There are some differences between doing a video interview versus a face-to-face interview.

It helps for video interviews to practice presenting yourself and speaking on a video call before you do the interview.

This helps you make sure that you’ve positioned your device in a good position to ensure you are properly in-shot and to test your technology so there’s no technical issues during the interview (like bad audio or poor connection issues).

Avoid very brightly coloured clothing in a video interview, as it can be harsh on the eye of other person and the colours sometimes distort visually.

Also, practicing speaking on camera can help make you feel more confident in your video-interview. Also, it lessens the chances you’ll be distracted by seeing yourself on camera (as most video platforms show a small screen with you in). Don’t pay more attention to yourself than the person you’re speaking to! If you can minimise or close the pop-up camera-shot of you then do so (unless it doesn’t bother you). 

A couple of minutes before your video interview is due to start, find a quiet space to do it in and set up so you’re ready to start on time (and somewhere you won’t be disturbed during it).”

Thato