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Interview tips and advice

In today's competitive job market, different interview styles can be challenging. After successfully applying for a position, you may be part of a one-way video interview, a two-way video interview, or a traditional face-to-face interview.

No matter the format, you should take the time to prepare for your upcoming interview by:

  • Researching Deloitte and the key industry trends in the sector of your interest.
  • Reading the job advert carefully to know the role you are interviewing for and requesting a job desciption if you need more information.
  • Practicing your answers to common interview questions related to work ethic, capabilities, and technical skills.
  • Reading our top tips below so you can successfully navigate any interview format.

During a one-way video interview, you are required to record responses to pre-set questions.

Here's how to ace your one-way video interview: 

Test your tech: Before your interview ensure your camera, microphone, and internet connection are working well. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the platform, to avoid any last-minute technical hiccups. 

Practice makes perfect: Record your practice answers as many times as you need. Focus on maintaining eye contact with the camera, speaking clearly, and managing your time well.

Dress the part: Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Choose professional attire that reflects the company's culture and the position you're applying for. 

Consider your environment: Select a quiet, well-lit space for your interview. Remove any distractions and ensure your background is neat and professional. 

Review and reflect: Take advantage of the opportunity to review and re-record your responses. Watch your practice recordings to identify areas for improvement and refine your answers accordingly. 

Be authentic: Avoid reading from a script as this will show in your video -  your interviewer wants to see the real you! Answer the questions thoughtfully to allow your personality to shine through.

Video interviews are on the rise as remote work becomes more common. Here's how to successfully navigate a two-way video conversation: 

Test your tech: Ensure your technological equipment is working before you get started. Check your camera angle, lighting, and audio quality to create a polished impression. 

Establish eye contact: To create an engaging connection with your interviewer, avoid looking at your image onscreen. Instead, maintain eye contact by looking into your computer's camera.

Practice virtual etiquette: Familiarise yourself with the video platform's features. Discover how to mute and unmute audio, screen share, and change your virtual background. Using these features appropriately will help you enhance your presentation. 

Minimise distractions: Let your family, friends or flatmates know about your interview ahead of time to help minimise any interruptions. To maintain focus on your interview, close any unnecessary tabs on your computer and turn your notifications to silent.

Engage actively: Demonstrate your enthusiasm and interest in the role you are interviewing for by actively participating in the conversation. Listen attentively, ask thoughtful questions, and engage in genuine dialogue with your interviewer. 

Traditional face-to-face interviews require careful preparation. Here's how you can make an impression that lasts:

Arrive early: Plan your route in advance and aim to arrive at least five-to-ten minutes ahead of your scheduled interview time. Punctuality not only reflects your professionalism, but it also allows you time to compose yourself before your interview. 

Body language matters: Non-verbal cues play a significant role in conveying confidence and enthusiasm. Be sure to maintain an upright posture, make eye contact with your interviewer, and, where appropriate, offer a firm handshake.

Be authentic: Knowing when you've over-prepared will help you avoid sounding rehearsed or scripted. Prepare well and then relax. Allow your personality to shine through by speaking naturally and authentically. 

Ask questions: Your interview is an opportunity to ask the questions that you need to make an informed decision that Deloitte is the right career move for you. Our hiring teams are friendly, open, and happy to provide you with the information you require. 

No matter the format, the key to interview success lies in thorough preparation, confident communication, and genuine enthusiasm. By applying these tips, you'll be well-equipped to navigate any interview scenario with poise and professionalism. Good luck!