Winning On Your 1st Stage Zoom Call
Your CV is class
Well written, a plateful of experience & overflowing with achievements
You’ve landed yourself a bucketload of interviews
Hiring managers chomping at the bit to get you onboard
So, you stroll into your first stages full of confidence
What you absolutely want to avoid is undoing all your hard work
Don’t be too casual about first stages
One thing we’ve learnt from a lot of recruitment processes
Sometimes confidence can be the killer
It’s never a chat
Yes it’s relaxed, yes it’s casual, yes they’re judging you on fit
It’s still an actual interview!
So, you always need to be selling yourself
And you always need to prep
Here’s three easy steps on how you can win on your 1st stage zoom call
1. Check your tech – make sure your laptop works, figure out how to use the online chat software you’ll be using (teams, zoom etc) – even do a test run with someone you know, and have a backup in case something doesn’t work on the day, say your phone if the laptop fails. Nothing makes a hiring manager doubt you won’t be able to do the job like failing to work a pc.
2. Understand what they do – nothing worse than not having an answer to this. Check the website, understand the products and we would advise even visiting a store to see them in person, in a supermarket and the concept/experience they’re trying to market with it.
3. Build alignment, this is even more important considering we currently aren’t meeting face to face – Prepare some great questions that build alignment between you and the line manager, the worst thing you can do is say no when they ask if you have any questions, you need to show interest in them, the business and build alignment to give you the best shot at a second stage. – shameless plug here but check out our interview prep series on YouTube to learn about the right questions to ask: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1SxgJ2pn8oqrTu3a6hAoT5Yve5iAeVE1
Do these three things and you won’t go far wrong
If you got the interview in the first place your CV must be good
Now you just need to deliver
Go and smash it.