Online interview guidance
As a consequence of the pandemic and many staff working from home, we have moved many of our interviews online. Here are a few hints and tips to help you to prepare for a really good online interview.
Accepting your invitation to interview
Unless you are coming through a recruitment agency, we will send you a Google calendar invitation. Please accept this invitation so that we know you have received it.
We use Google Meet for our interviews, so if you are unfamiliar with this platform it is worth practising with a friend beforehand. You can find some guidelines here. Once introductions have been made at the interview, you will be asked to share your presentation or portfolio and you will do so by pressing the icon of a box with an upward arrow in it.
Presentation or portfolio
- We ask most candidates to prepare a presentation that they can share online, when asked, at the interview. We don’t want any presentations to be sent to us before the interview.
- Creative candidates will be invited to share their portfolio rather than prepare a presentation.
- Having your presentation already open will help and you can share a tab or a window, depending on which operating platform you use.
- If you are unable to share your presentation, please be ready to email it to your interviewer during the meeting so that they can share it for you.
Laptop, phone or pc
It is kind to your interviewers to keep your device on a stable base – walking about with your phone or having your laptop on your lap can induce a sense of seasickness in viewers , so please put your device on a desk or table. And do ensure that you have wifi.
Lighting and noise
Have you thought about how you are going to be seen or heard during your interview? Ask your friend to make sure that your audio and video are working, and that your lighting is as good as possible. It’s best to sit in front of a plain, solid-coloured wall with plenty of light in front of you so as not to create a glare or shadow.
Feel free to contact your interviewer or HR if you have any questions before your interview. We want you to succeed every bit as much as you do, so GOOD LUCK!