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Top Ten Tips for an Authentic First Impression

CDZ have been in tech recruitment long enough to know that first impressions do count. Enough to get someone’s attention. But is there more that you can add to a wonderful smile and winning good looks?

CDZ can give you some great tools to make sure your first impression count.

Less selling and more serving.

One of the things that is important to all businesses, post COVID, is a quest for meaning (as well as money). Why not think about how you can bring your A game to the company you work for and create an impact, at the same time as making an income?

Be dressed for a real room, even if it’s on Zoom.

We’ve all had days like those newsreaders wearing surf shorts and flip flops. Juggling family and Netflix sleep ins. Or maybe the washing machine genuinely broke, leaving you in joggers. Even for your recorded video, it’s important to dress to impress. Not in 80’s power suits but always asking the question, am I giving my best? When we get dressed right, we feel better. So, treat a video as if you were actually going to the face to face interview. Apply the same standard to your outfit for video as you would for face to face.

Lighting transforms your mood.
Blair Witch Project type lighting may make you memorable, but a bit scary (a touch under your face, with a slightly panicked look). Ring lights are inexpensive and they cast a great light around your face. They reflect more of the natural light you would associate with being in the office.  Also, make sure the room is well lit and don’t sit with a window behind you… you will be over exposed as the camera tries to focus on the light.

Make sure your internet works (if COVID necessitates a LIVE online interview)

Not everyone is going to invest in the type of internet that could run a social network, but it really pays you to ensure that your connection is working. You can search the web for speed tests, but the best way is to try and call an hour before. Find someone you can use the same tech with prior to the video. It helps you relax and not look worried that things might switch off at any moment. Oh, and ensure to charge your laptop or at the very least plug it in. You don’t want to be exiting the interview room in a hurry (unless you’re facing Claude from The Apprentice).

Being honest allows you to be authentic

If you don’t know the answer to a question, or you need clarity, ask the interviewer. We often have misconceptions that the interviewer is trying to catch us out rather than looking to hire us. They want to know more about you so tell the truth. When you are content just being you, authenticity creates confidence. 

Focus on fit and not size
Sometimes an SAP role that is advertised isn’t the right fit for you. Salary, holidays, etc are all important but the size of the package shouldn’t be the only thing we look at. The real question to answer is, can I help the company win whilst I win too?

Video is the gateway, not the all

Ultimately, we are created to be together. Work has changed, and that might mean two days a week in an office and three at home. The reality is that we will meet in person at some point. Always ask yourself the question, will I do my best work here? Ultimately, we want to see companies be all they can be and help you into the kind of job where you look forward to Monday.

So, when it comes to video, test and trial as many times as you feel comfortable. Relax. Video isn’t for everyone, but it’s a skill we are all learning together.

So, if you see an SAP job that really grabs your attention and you want to discover more, then book an appointment with one of the team today so we can help you embrace a new chapter in your life. Ready?… Lights, camera, action.


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