Man waiting to hear back from job interview

Preparing for a job interview can be stressful, but the part that comes after the interview is arguably just as nerve-racking. At that point, it's out of your hands - all you can do is cross your fingers and wait to hear back from your prospective employer.

Of course, if the tension becomes too much for you, you can always pick up the phone or fire off a quick follow-up email. But is that really a good idea? Will you look pushy and desperate if you make contact now? Or could it actually improve your chances of getting the job?

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Office social distancing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to dominate headlines all over the world, and while some sectors are beginning to get back to work, we're still a long way from business as usual.

Social distancing - staying at least 2 metres away from anyone you don't live with - remains crucial. Staff should ideally work from home, but since this isn't always possible, many employers are now looking at ways to implement social distancing measures in the workplace.

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Distracted while working from home

Working from home can be challenging, especially if you're accustomed to the professional atmosphere of an office. But the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has left many of us with no choice - it may feel odd sitting up to the kitchen table and doing the things you'd normally be doing at your desk, but with social distancing guidelines still in effect, what can you do but get used to it?

Of course, it can be difficult to keep your productivity at its usual level when you're surrounded by all the comforts and distractions of home. Even if you don't have children to entertain or pets to look after, you may well be tempted to pop the TV on in the background while you work...or to pause for a conversation with your significant other...or to check Facebook a little more frequently than would be permissible in the office. You may even feel compelled to vacuum the carpet or tackle that pile of dirty dishes when you're supposed to be working!

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Ricky Martin - what to do during the coronavirus pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means uncertain times ahead for all of us. Many individuals are already seeking new jobs as a result of COVID-19's arrival in the UK, and businesses of all sizes - including recruitment companies - are fighting to stay afloat.

Whether you're a jobseeker, an employer looking for new staff, or a recruiter wondering how to respond to this crisis, we hope that these videos from HRS founder Ricky Martin will help you through this unprecedented period of turbulence.

 

Tips for Jobseekers

Even though we're in uncharted territory right now, you don't have to put the brakes on your job search. In this video, Ricky shares his 3 top tips for maximising your chances of securing a new role.

  • Be patient. The current situation may mean that the recruitment process takes a little longer than usual right now. Just because you haven't heard anything yet doesn't necessarily mean you're out of the running.

  • Be positive. A positive attitude makes a huge difference when you're looking for a new job. It may be difficult to smile right now, given everything that's going on, but rest assured that your positivity will come across in job interviews (even if those interviews are conducted by phone or over the Internet).

  • Be proactive. While you're waiting to hear back from an application, don't rest on your laurels - continue applying for positions, practise answering some common interview questions, and talk to your recruiter to find other ways to keep your job search moving forward.

 

Tips for Hiring New Staff

This is a challenging time for business owners, and now may not seem like the best time to take on new employees. But suspending your recruitment process entirely will have negative consequences in the long term. In this video, Ricky offers his advice for hiring new staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Don't pull the plug. If you cease recruitment now, you will only fall behind the competitors who are still snapping up talented new starters. And that means you'll be at a disadvantage when things start to pick up again.

  • Get creative. You may have to adjust your established recruitment process in order to keep things going right now, but this is a great chance for you to try something different and maybe even find a better way of doing things.

  • Stay positive. Whether you're speaking to potential employees, colleagues in the office, or even your own friends and family members, it's important to maintain a sunny outlook and be a positive ambassador for your company.

 

Tips for Recruiters

If, like us, you work in recruitment, you may be feeling a little bit anxious at the moment. What's the best way to keep things moving right now? What can we do to help our clients - jobseekers and employers alike - to weather this storm? And how can we be ready for when the market recovers?

In this video, Ricky offers his answers to the above questions. It's a must-watch for all recruitment consultants!

The key points for recruiters are:

  • Add value. Keep talking to your clients throughout this crisis and make sure you're offering helpful advice (e.g. helping them transition to video or telephone interviews) and adding value to their experience wherever you can.

  • Remain positive. Nobody asked for this pandemic, but it's important for us recruiters to be positive right now as this will instill confidence in the businesses and the jobseekers who rely on us. We have a great opportunity to make things better for people and to help them through this challenging time - don't shy away from that opportunity!

  • Be prepared. The coronavirus crisis will evenutally pass, and the market will recover. Putting a bit of investment in now will make sure you're in pole position to take advantage of that upswing when it does arrive.

 

Tips for Conducting Remote Interviews

With the UK government currently telling us to stay at home, many businesses are now using phone calls and video conferencing software to interview new talent.

If you're new to remote interviews, the prospect may seem a little bit daunting, but don't worry - help is at hand. Here are Ricky Martin's tips for telephone interviews:

And if you're preparing for a video interview, here is Ricky's advice for you:

 

Working from Home

Another big side effect of this coronavirus outbreak is that lots of workers are now working at home instead of going to the office every day. In this video, Ricky shares his advice for staying productive while working from home:

Looking for more home working tips? Be sure to read our recent blog post How to Work from Home: 10 Tips to Keep You Productive.

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Ricky Martin's top 5 tips for working from home

Most of us have found ourselves in the position of having to work from home. For many this will be a new experience. So how do you get the best out of your day, maximise what you are doing and optimise performance while you’re working from home? Here are my five top tips to help.

1. Get up, shower and get changed.

It might sound crazy but it’s really important to put yourself in your normal mindset of work. Set your alarm like you normally would, have a shower and get changed into fresh clothes. There’s no need to be in your full work attire, but don’t stay in your pyjamas, it won’t get you motivated or set for your day. Another positive, you won’t need to commute, saving time. So get up, have your coffee/tea, have your breakfast, get ready and get going.

2. Have dedicated work space.

It’s important to decide on a suitable workspace. If you keep it clean and minimised from distractions, you’ll create the perfect working zone. If you can, ensure it’s bright with plenty of light so you don’t feel too closed in. If your room has a lock, use it and put a sign on the door saying you’re working. It will mean if you have other members in your household, they will have to knock before they come in and disturb you. Keeping the door shut is also a great way to keep pets out.

3. Avoid social media

Unless you’re working in a role which involves social media - avoid it! The more we look at our socials, the more we will become distracted from what we’re actually meant to be doing. I would advise logging out of accounts, Because logging in is a pain, as we don’t always remember the passwords, it will make it harder to log back in. Another good idea to stop pointless browsing, is using an incognito search when you’re searching new web pages. This is an internet browser setting that prevents browsing history and windows you’ve opened before, thus saving more of your precious time.

4. Structure your day

If you don’t make a plan, you will allow yourself to lose concentration and you won’t get the most out of your day. Here are some suggestions; make sure you have a start and end time. Keep this consistent with your normal work pattern. Take your lunch break at the time you normally would. It’s really important to plan some extra breaks throughout your day. When you’re in the office you probably get up and make a hot drink every so often and speak to your colleagues by the water cooler. So make sure you fit those into your day. Set alarms if you need to. When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk, go into another area of your home, like the living room, maybe watch TV. When you come back to your desk you will feel refreshed and ready to get going again.

5. Have regular people interactions

It can be lonely working from home, especially if this is the first experience. Take advantage of all the great technology that’s available. This could be Microsoft Teams, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype. Speak to your colleagues, have those conversations, pick up your phone and talk. That interaction will make you feel less isolated and lonely.

Good luck to anyone working from home. You might just find you actually get more done! Enjoy!

Watch my YouTube video for more useful tips