Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:51

How to have a Successful Video Interview

 With more employers opting to use digital communication to conduct interviews it is vital to understand how they work and be well prepared.

Once your specialist consultant at Xpert Resourcing has confirmed you have successfully passed the first stage of the application process and been selected for a first interview, you may be asked to do this interview by video call.  Many companies are currently electing to continue their recruitment process via this method. It may seem a daunting process, especially if you haven’t used such platforms before. Don’t panic, we have put a few tips together to use as a guide. 

 

Platforms 

There are a wide range of platforms for video calling – the most popular are FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts. Larger companies may use Cisco Webex 

Once you have agreed the preferred platform, it would be wise to ensure you are easily able to access that platform well in advance. It is advisable to also agree the format of the interview and for you to be clear what that is. For some platforms, you will receive an email invitation to join the interview at the agreed time. 

 

Format 

Live – You will engage with the interviewer or panel of interviewers just like you would be face-to-face, therefore good body language and positioning is vital. Questions will be posed in real-time allowing for a traditional interview to take place. Treat these conversations just the same as a face-to-face interview and try to build a rapport with the interviewer as you normally wouldEye contact is vital to highlight your confidence so keep your camera at eye level.  Try not to slouch or keep touching your face or hair. This type of interview may be recorded but that will be agreed in advance. 

Pre-Recorded - try to imagine you are speaking to a real person - be positive and enthusiastic. You will receive pre-recorded or written questions on screen, you will record your answer on video, often to a time limit. It can feel a little awkward, so practise is very important if you aren’t used to recording yourself. Again, eye contact is vital to showcase your confidence, pointing the camera at eye level.  

 

Location 

Plan the location well in advance using a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed by noise, people or pets! Good lighting is important so the interviewer can read your expressions clearly, sit near natural light or place a lamp in front of the camera and adjust the distance for the best result. Ensure you have a simple background in a clean and tidy room so that the focus for the interviewer is just you. Switch your phone and any notification sounds on your device off.  

 

Sound and Connectivity  

Check there is minimal background noise in the room you choose to ensure you can be heard without difficulty. It may be good to test this well in advance so you can reduce echoes, sitting in a room with a carpet for example would minimise this.  

Connectivity is vital, there is a need to ensure you will not face any issues from a poor internet connection or data issues. Test your internet connection beforehand to ensure you will not be cut off. 

Ensure the picture is clear and your battery is well charged or plugged in. If you do encounter a problem, do let the interviewer know so that it can be quickly resolved with minimum distraction. If need be you can quickly re-connect.  

 

Dress Appropriately 

This is still a job interview and it is important for you to give a positive, professional first impression so wear the same outfit you would choose for a face-to-face meeting with a prospective employer, appropriate for the role. Try to avoid busy patterns and stripes for a clear picture on screen.  

 

Smile, speak clearly and take your time to answer questions.

Being prepared is key and will eliminate a degree of stress.

 

Your dedicated consultant at Xpert Resourcing will happily arrange a test interview to ensure you, your sound, connectivity and location are projected in the best way possible. Please get in touch with us on 01353 886252 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:00

Corona Virus Statement

Statement from Paul Smith, Managing Director

Ahead of Government announcements regarding Coronavirus we wanted to reassure our clients and candidates that as a company we are putting plans into place to ensure the quality of our business is not interrupted and assure you we are committed to supporting your recruitments needs.

All our staff have the capability to work remotely when and where necessary and we have recently invested in a VoIP telephone system allowing us to take calls anywhere so please do feel free to keep in touch with us!

We appreciate there may be challenges along the way, but we will respond to them should they arise still allowing you access to the best candidates. Hurdles could emerge such as the restriction of movement of people however, there are many digital ways to communicate to navigate such issues.

Xpert Resourcing can assist by using digital communication and can facilitate usage of:

  • FaceTime
  • WhatsApp Video Calling
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Traditional Telephone Calls

Many companies and candidates are very familiar with these methods as they already provide excellent ways to interview without leaving home.  If you would like assistance with any of the above methods of communication, please ask our consultants as they would be more than happy to assist with this.

Companies are continuing with their existing recruitment processes, we will therefore maintain our bespoke approach, tailoring our service to your recruitment needs, pre-screening candidates and providing you with access to the top talent. As a candidate, please continue to send CV’s as normal.

 

Paul Smith

Managing Director

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Our Director, Emma Smith and Business Development Manager, Naomi Sherwood attended an International Women’s Day 2020 Event Sponsored by local solicitors (Ward Gethin Archer) (www.wga.co.uk) on Monday 9th March. The event was opened by the Mayoress of Downham Market, Becky Haynes and featured Headline Speakers (Rania Kurdi), Actress, Singer and Transformation Coach (https://coachingwomenworldwide.com/) along with Jo Reynolds, the 1st Female Firefighter in the UK. The event at Downham Market Town Hall also enabled Local Female Entrepreneurs to host stalls showcasing their businesses allowing for lots of networking opportunities with over 50 other ladies from the local area.

Mayoress Becky Haynes opened the event, in her speech she shared how she was the first female Mayoress to hold the position and work full-time. Rania Kurdhi, Transformation Coach, Actress and Singer gave an inspiring talk about positivity. She recommended reflecting on 5 things we are grateful for each night before going to bed to enable the flow of positive thoughts. She read a fabulous poem entitled “Be a Lady they Said” (https://hudabeauty.com/be-a-lady-they-said-video/)

Jo Haynes, the UK’s 1st Female Firefighter shared with the group her insightful journey as a 17-year-old training to be a firefighter in a predominately man’s world. She has attracted a lot of media attention and has written a book about her experiences.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements, increasing visibility, while calling out inequality. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. We were delighted to be part of such a celebration of the achievements of Women. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme


Xpert Resourcing are a specialist recruitment agency based in Ely providing a bespoke, tailored service to match both client and candidate needs. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, Xpert Resourcing provide a refreshing, knowledgeable approach to recruitment. For more information and to see the latest vacancies check www.xpertresourcing.co.uk or give one of our friendly team a call on 01353 886252.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 12:54

Fun on the Radio for Xpert Resourcing

Our Business Development Manager and Organiser of Ely Hero Awards, Naomi Sherwood headed over to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire along with our Director, Emma Smith to be interviewed on the Chris Mann, “Man in the Morning” show.

Xpert Resourcing sponsored the “Colleague of the Year” Category in 2019. Winner of this award last year, Mark Cornell from The Prospects Trust was also interviewed about winning the prestigious award, how it made him feel, his work as the Farm Manager along with the help and support he gives to the co-workers.

Chris discussed with Naomi and Mark the impact of the awards personally and for the community. In its 4th year, Ely Hero Awards spreads a huge amount of positivity in the community, bringing heroes and their families together during the exciting awards evening held in the summer. Mark comments that just to be nominated was an “uplifting experience” 

Xpert Resourcing are delighted to announce they are Headline Sponsors of Ely Hero Awards 2020 and very much look forward to supporting the event to grow stronger. Xpert Resourcing are Sponsors of “THE Ely Hero” Award, this award is given to an outstanding individual in the community, a remarkable and inspirational person who has shown themselves to be truly altruistic. The award is the highlight of the evening and we are very much looking forward to hearing the inspiring, emotive stories behind individuals in the community.

Nominations are now open from Monday 5th March for you to nominate your hero in 1 of the 10 Categories via the website www.elyheroawards.org.uk . Entries close on Friday 17th April when a Judging Panel will be shortlisting nominations and finalists are invited to the glitzy award ceremony held at the Maltings on Friday 19th June.

Check out Category Criteria within the website and go nominate your hero!

 

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 13:55

Ely Hero Awards 2020 Launch

Forging and Connecting the Community for the 4th Year

On Monday 5th March, the Official Launch Party of Ely Hero Awards 2020 took place at The Poets House Hotel in Ely. The event was formally opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence. Over 70 guests including Business Sponsors, Judges and Former Winners gathered to celebrate achievements of the event and discover the exciting plans for the coming year. Organisers Naomi Sherwood from Xpert Resourcing and Luke Smith at Infiniti Graphics have worked hard behind the scenes to prepare for this 4th Community Event.

Xpert Resourcing are delighted to announce they are Headline Sponsors of Ely Hero Awards 2020 and very much look forward to supporting the event to grow stronger. Xpert Resourcing are Sponsors of “THE Ely Hero” Award, this award is given to an outstanding individual in the community, a remarkable and inspirational person who has shown themselves to be truly altruistic. The award is the highlight of the evening and we are very much looking forward to hearing the inspiring, emotive stories behind individuals in the community. 

Nominations are now open from Monday 5th March or you to nominate your hero in 1 of the 10 Categories via the website www.elyheroawards.org.uk . Entries close on Friday 17th April when a Judging Panel will shortlisting nominations are invite finalists the glitzy award ceremony held at the Maltings on Friday 19th June.

We are delighted to welcome local business sponsors who generously support the event:

Crown Garage Honda, Masters Logistical, Thorlabs, Lovewell Blake, Price Bailey LLP, Life Fitness, Demcom, Poets House Hotel, Platinum Properties, Co-op Funeral Care, Red Shoes Accounting, Fraser Dawbarns, Habis, Kings School, Lemon Tree Deli, Shooting Image, Fordham Finance Group along with our media partners The Ely Standard and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

We welcome existing judges onto the panel once again along with new judges, Ruth Buckley, Anthony Gardiner and David Archer.

Check out Category Criteria within the website and go nominate your hero!

Friday, 07 February 2020 10:24

CV Writing Tips

Your CV is often the very first impression that recruiters and potential employers have of you, the candidate. It is therefore imperative that your CV is an honest reflection of you and your experience. It is also important to ensure that you do the basics well and that attention is paid to the details.  Spell checking, grammar checking, tense checking and a full read through before sending a CV anywhere are a must. One of the most frustrating things for recruiters and employers to come across is a CV full of great experience but also full of mistakes and lazy writing. It undermines what may otherwise be an impressive CV and raises doubts about the candidate. Take your time to get these things right to avoid looking like you have rushed it. 

Friday, 31 January 2020 11:01

Coping with Interview Nerves

So, you’ve got a big interview approaching but nerves are creeping in. It is, of course, expected and totally normal, but you don’t want nerves to get the better of you and to affect your performance.  So, what can you do to ensure you do yourself justice in the interview?

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:02

Why Use Us?

What’s the question I get asked most by potential clients? It’s one that I’ve been asked several times just this week…why should we use you?

My answer is always simple. Experience.

If you are looking to invest time and money in growing your team, then utilising our experience to help do this effectively makes sense and experience is something that we can offer in abundance. 

You can take advantage of the fact that each of our team has over 20 years recruitment experience and in depth market knowledge.

So, if you want help with your next hire, get in touch.

 

Paul, Managing Director 

Monday, 20 January 2020 10:36

Fun in the Cup!

As sponsors of the Ely Crusaders U9 Blue football team we are really proud of their success in the knockout cup this season. They unfortunately finally got knocked out, loosing to Bar Hill Colts U9 Jets. However they made it to the last 16 this year which is a great achievement and a big improvement on last year. They have really improved as a team and we can't wait to see what they do next!

Monday, 06 January 2020 10:16

Happy New Year and Thank You

2020 is here and what a busy and exciting year 2019 was for us. We could not have had the fantastic growth and success that we have achieved without all the clients, candidates, businesses, friends and family that have supported us and we would like to say a big thank you to you all. We wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to doing it all again and more in 2020!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:36

Levi Roots!

We were lucky enough to hear from the inspirational Levi Roots when he gave his headline speech at the annual East Cambridgeshire Business Boost last week. He even bought his guitar and sang his famous Reggae Reggae Sauce song! He talked about the amazing journey that took him from being a young boy in Jamaica living with his Grandma, to the successful businessman he is today, via Brixton and the Dragons Den! He talked with humour and enthusiasm about about being yourself and not what others want you to be, about taking those chances and grabbing opportunities as they arise. A wonderful way to finish off what was a very successful and enjoyable event. 

Friday, 15 November 2019 13:32

East Cambridgeshire Business Boost 2019

We had a fantastic day yesterday at the East Cambridgeshire Business Boost 2019. We are proud sponsors of this event that is a great way to meet other local businesses, network and share ideas. We were also treated to inspirational talks from Levi Roots who told the story behind his amazingly successful Reggae Reggae Sauce and from Jem Hills, ex Royal Marine, Elite Special Forces Soldier and Counter Terrorist Expert. And, as if all that wasn't enough, our very own Managing Director, Paul Smith, was interviewed by ITV Anglia news! You can see his interview from 6.03mins into the first video via this link https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2018-05-04/catch-up-watch-the-most-recent-itv-news-anglia/

 

Monday, 14 October 2019 11:24

Fantastic Cup Win!

Ely Crusaders U9 Blues celebrated a hard fought win against Fulbourn Institite U9's in the Cambridgeshire Mini League U9 Cup recently. It was a gripping and close match that saw them equalise to bring the score to 1:1 with just 13 seconds to go to the final whistle. Both teams worked hard to try and win it in extra time but neither managed to put the ball in the net and so the boys had to cope with the pressure of a penalty shoot out!  Both teams played well and put in such huge effort but thankfully Ely Crusaders U9 Blues were the eventual winners. Man of the Match was well deserved by our goal keeper who coped well with the pressure of penalties. 

It was a nail biting game and fantastic win. Now to do it all again in the next round!

We are really looking forward to exhibiting at the East Cambridgeshire Business Boost on 14th November. It's always a good chance to meet other local businesses and this year the event will bring together over 400 local SMEs through networking, business exhibition and keynote speaker sessions. 

This year's headline speaker is Levi Roots which we're really looking forward to plus there will be talks from Google Digital Garage and Jem Hills. 

For more information on the event visit;

http://www.enterpriseeastcambs.co.uk/business-boost/the-event.htm

Come along and see us on the day! 

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