Q&A – Practical Tips When Looking For Your Next Role
Following our recent article in the ACC Magazine we received some excellent feedback that also included several queries.
Following our recent article in the ACC Magazine we received some excellent feedback that also included several queries. We thought it would be useful to share some additional thoughts, the queries, and our responses.
Q. I have been notified by some of my recent applications that the assessment centre stages may be held via videoconferencing. I do better in face to face rather than digital. Are there tips you can provide in this area?
A. A couple of quick tips for an interview via videoconference:
Training to perform well in video interview/conferences will become an increasingly important skill. We feel it has become so important and that training can make such a significant difference that we have engaged a professional video producer to teach us, our lawyers and our clients how to better engage using this medium. The benefits we have seen from this training has been incredible. Remember you only need to be 1% better than the next candidate to get the role. Check out this video for some more tips to excel at a videoconference interview.
Q. I found it interesting that you say there should not be a photo on your CV. I have a photo on mine, and do not think it detracts from the content:
A. We suggest not having your photo on the CV to ensure you control the narrative. Imagine that the shirt you wear, or your haircut reminds the interviewer of a partner that they detest. Consciously or subconsciously the interviewer may be influenced by the picture – all beyond your control. The idea is to control as much of your story as possible.
Q. Do you think one should wear a tie these days to interviews or is that considered a bit “stuffy”?
A. If you are most comfortable in a tie, wear it, likewise if you are not then do not.
You should however, dress in a smart professional manner regardless of tie. I recommend a shirt, jacket, trousers and dress shoes or suit without tie. But only one button undone on the shirt. I once heard it said that the acceptable number of buttons undone on a shirt depended on where you live – one button for Melbourne, two for Sydney, and three for Brisbane.
If you are more comfortable wearing a tie, then I suggest wearing a suit.
One of few organisations that typically expect an applicant to wear a tie are law firms.
I feel like I should not have to say it, but from experience I think these points need to be expressly made, predominately for men – sorry guys… Ensure you have: –
A lawyer recommended and I agree, you should follow up with an email to the interviewer to say “thanks”.
If you are thinking this, you should apply – typically you do not have much to lose and a lot to gain: –
Remember that the job ad is a “wish list” of skills that the organisation is seeking, just as you have a wish list for your next role. A successful placement will most likely be a compromise from both the employer and employee.
We are always happy to hear more tips if you have any more recommendations – just get in touch, also check out our series of video in-house legal market updates.