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August 2021

How to dress for success in a job interview

By Blog, Job Seeker

Interviewing for a job comes with all sorts of nerves, so the less you stress about what you’re wearing the better. If you feel confident in what you’ve got on, this confidence will come across to the interviewer. Here’s our top tips to present the best version of yourself in an interview and dress for success!

Tip 1. Stick to your own style

Stick to the style you feel most comfortable in, with some alterations so it fits the formality of an interview. Love wearing dresses and skirts? A skirt suit could be the perfect option for you. Do you love wearing jewellery? Don’t be afraid to accessorise for the interview but keep it simple with some studs and a small necklace. If you feel confident in what you’re wearing, this confidence will come across to the interviewer. Also, interviewers want to see who you are and what you’re about so it’s important you present the real you in an interview.

Tip 2. Dress for the job you want

Different industries have totally different dress codes, so it’s a good idea to wear something to an interview that you could see yourself wearing to your new job if successful. For example, formal business wear is appropriate for an interview at a large corporation, while wearing something so formal to an interview for a retail position may get you a few strange looks.

Tip 3. Go with the safe option

Unsure what attire is appropriate for the job you’re going for? We present to you: The Safe Option – outfits that will always get the tick of approval and will work for just about any interview. For men, dark trousers or chinos with a button-up shirt is always a good option. Trousers are also a good option for ladies, or a mid-length skirt. Paired with a plain blouse and some simple flats or small heels, you can’t go wrong. Opt for neutral hues for your clothing such as black, tan, or grey and always remember to iron your clothing before the big day.

Tip 4. Keep it simple

It’s important that whoever is interviewing you can focus on what you’re saying and how great a candidate you are for the role. You don’t want your strengths to be outshone by distracting clothing or accessories during your interview. Keep it simple with jewellery and avoid wearing bangles or earrings that make a loud jingle or get in your face. A tie can be a nice formal touch for an interview, but again keep it simple. Your brightest tie will have its time another day.

 

How to stay connected to your staff during lockdown

By Blog, Employer

Another week of lockdown. Yawn. By now, your staff are probably settled into a routine of working from home, but they may also have hit a lockdown plateau: fatigue (especially if they are also homeschooling); a drop in motivation; and a loss of connectivity to their work. You can help combat your team’s lockdown plateau by keeping communication levels up and letting them know you’re still there for them during these hard times. Try these four ideas to stay connected to your staff throughout lockdown.

Tip 1. Check in daily

Whether it’s a quick phone call in the morning with each member of your staff, or a larger group Zoom, daily check-ins are a great way to stay connected. Use this time to not only touch base on work projects for the day, but to also check in with your staff on a personal level. Just by asking them how their weekend was, or how they’re going in lockdown, your staff will feel assured that you truly care for them, and don’t only contact them when it’s work related.

Tip 2: Set challenges

Weekly or monthly challenges are a great way to stay connected to your staff while having some friendly competition. Set up a Zoom call to organise some fun challenges for your staff to complete and keep track of the winners on a virtual scoreboard. These challenges could be anything from who can track the most steps in a day, to who can eat the most dry weetbix in a minute. This is also a great time to learn about some secret talents your staff may have up their sleeves. A Zoom talent show may reveal a secret future poet or piano prodigy among your team.

Tip 3: Try online team building 

Another great way to keep your team connected during lockdown is to introduce some virtual team building exercises during your catch-ups. Online games such as Codenames and team trivia are great ways to introduce team building into your Zooms, while keeping it fun. Games like this are perfect for a Friday afternoon, as your staff wind down for the week.

Tip 4: Host a virtual lunch 

If your staff is used to having lunch together every day in the office, they’re probably missing these daily lunchtime catch-ups. A great alternative is to invite your staff to have a virtual lunch over Zoom, where everyone can enjoy a meal and chat with no mention of work to be done. Your staff can cook up their favourite meal for the catch-up, or to make the occasion extra exciting you could arrange to have their favourite lunch delivered to them at their home. Financial services firm Deloitte has already done the hard work for you to prove this works: in 2015, it conducted a case study to see how employees reacted to this type of virtual socialising and it was a huge success. It was found that the causal nature of the Zoom, the inclusion of food, and the Zoom having no formal structure allowed for the conversation to flow freely.

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