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Tips for Your Online Job Application and Interview

June 12, 2020
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Guest post by Rebecca Hart, StudentJob UK

As social distancing becomes the new normal, lessons are turning to online learning, and recruitment is turning to online processes to complete virtual steps. With that in mind, you now need to know what to expect when it comes to your online job application if you are entering the job market! Let’s go through the top steps to ensure your application is a success!

Here are a few helpful tips for your online job application.

Online Application: Your CV and Cover Letter

Normally, any job applications will be completed online either directly through the company employing or through a job board, so nothing has changed here! Also, use social media — LinkedIn, Facebook and even Twitter are great places to start if you can’t seem to find any jobs for you. For example, LinkedIn is employers’ most popular medium for recruitment with over 500 million users!

resume tips for your online job application

The first stage is an online application of uploading your resume/CV and cover letter. A tailored CV and cover letter are a must for any job, so take time to understand the company you are applying for and the skills required for the role. Your CV can highlight your education and past employment, while your cover letter is your opportunity to highlight why you want the job and what skills you can bring with you. If you are still a little lost, then you can check out CV templates, which will give you a helping hand.

It is also important to clear out your social media of any unwanted pictures or statuses; you can also set your profiles to “friends only.” If you do have your profiles on show,  make sure to have a good balance of your personal and professional life — you’re not a robot after all!

Finally, make sure to attach all aspects of your application before pressing submit! 

Online Workshops

online job application

If you’re applying for an internship or graduate role, then you may be asked to do an online workshop, test or activity. Sometimes this is one of the most important stages, as the recruiter tests your skills in different scenarios. 

You may be asked to complete a psychometric test. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it yet. A psychometric test is designed to put your mental skills and logical thinking to the test. They are used as preliminary screening, so they also take into account your common sense and personality to identify whether you suit the role within the company. 

Practice will definitely help for this stage, and like research, you can never do too much! 

Due to the current Coronavirus crisis, you may be asked to “visit” a digital assessment center. It does sound a little odd, but it is exactly the same as a normal assessment day, just over an online platform. You may have various projects during the day including group tasks, interviews and presentations. Although it is remote, dress to impress and be on time when logging in! 

Online Interview

Like any interview, you will be asked why you have applied for the job, about your past experience and explain some situations where you have shown certain traits or characteristics. However, there are some extra points to consider before your interview. 

Looking professional is a must for an online interview, so make sure you get dressed! Also, take note of what the interviewer can see on your webcam. Of course, you do live there, but try to ensure that your camera frame avoids any mess or alcohol! Lastly, make sure to notify flatmates or roommates of your interview, and sit in a room to avoid noise. The last thing you want to do is mishear your interviewer!

Whether it is a group interview or a one-on-one, as long as you are prepared and speak with confidence, you’ll be sure to pass the interview with flying colors. Also, if you find some questions during your application, make sure to ask them now! It is always helpful to pre-plan questions as it will show your interest in the job and avoid any awkward situations spent trying to think of questions!

Hopefully, these tips will help your online application go by smoothly and land you your next job!

Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are starting your job search but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash the interview!

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