Recruitment always gets slower coming up to Christmas. Companies are focused on their end of year results and hiring Managers take time off to spend with their families, so it always takes a back seat. It is the perfect time to brush up on your cv, interview skills and job search strategies.
We are now in our second lockdown, however, this time does feel a lot less severe – perhaps it has become out new normal.
In this episode, we discuss:
- What is the reason for being at a point where you are considering changing career?
- Do you know what you want to do?
- Mind the gap!
- How will you know you are making progress?
- What is your timeline?
- What are you prepared to do to achieve your goal?
In this episode, we discuss:
- What are you seeing in the financial services market at the moment and how has it changed over the course of the pandemic?
- Are there any particular sectors that are hiring at the moment?
- What types of roles are particularly in demand?
- In terms of level, anything standing out?
- What impact is Brexit having now?
Wow, what a hectic year!!! 2020 will certainly be one we will all never forget. For some, it has been stressful, sorrowful and an unenjoyable experience. For others, it has given them the chance to press the reset button, get their exercise and eating patterns at a satisfactory level, and has allowed them reassess what is important to them.
Regardless of where you are in your Covid journey, an interesting question is continually raised from our clients and candidates – “when do you think we will return to the office?”.
We were delighted to have Adrian Whelan join Paul on this episode of Your Pursuit of Happiness.
Adrian is and SVP and Head of Regulatory Intelligence with BBH but is also actively involved in a long list of extra circular activities within and outside of BBH, a lot of which revolve around Inclusion and Diversity.
As we know Pride week is themed every year and this year the theme was “In this together” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was joined by Vessy Tasheva who shared some intimate details about her story and how she celebrated Pride this year.
Interviewing by Video in the “New Normal”
For anyone on the job hunt, you will know the market is starting to pick up again and there are more and more roles being released every day. We work in Financial Services and Fintech and these industries have remained strong throughout, but some industries did stop all recruitment which is starting to move again.
For anyone who has not interviewed by video before, read below our Top 5 useful tips for Interviewing by Video:
- Ensure you are comfortable communicating your skillset through video
While we should be able to present ourselves as we would face-to-face, this method might be new to some people, hence can be off-putting. A simple way to overcome your resistance to this method is by doing a mock interview with your recruiter if you went through one or asking a colleague or friend to help. This can help you become more familiar and comfortable with the video method when the interview goes ahead.
- Presentation should still be high on your agenda
You should dress yourself as you would for an interview, although you can get away with dressing only the bottom half 😉 I have caught someone who had to get up for something and I saw their checkered patterned, undisguisable pyjama bottoms! Also make sure the room you are interviewing in is tidy. The best way to position the came is to point it to a blank wall as your backdrop.
- Limit distractions
You are most likely working from home where children and animals can be a huge distraction – make sure if there is someone else at home, they are watching them during the interview. Perhaps you can lock the room you are in. Some people think it might be a good idea to keep lots of notes you can refer too but remember even though you are not in front of your interviewers, they can still see you 😉 It is better to limit as many distractions as you can.
- Make sure you have a stable WiFi connection
If you have an unstable WiFi connection that you are aware of, please leave the house and ask a friend or family member if you can use theirs. It can be annoying when you are having a conversation with someone and they suddenly freeze. It is your responsibility to counteract such occurrences. Another alternative is to use your phone as the 4G on your phone might be more stable.
- Be as natural as possible
This is a regular interview, albeit through a different medium, so prepare as you would normally. By following the above steps, you can reduce any stress or nervous energy you might have around interviewing in this way.
For more tips on interviews and to assess our various resources, visit: https://www.toptierrecruitment.com/jobseekers/resources
To check out our open vacancies, visit: https://www.toptierrecruitment.com/fintech-and-financial-services-jobs