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6 ways to build a personal connection when looking for a job (face-to-face and digitally)

by Victoria Muscat

TA Recruitment Specialist (AUS)

Landing a job interview is one thing, but when it comes to getting the job, it’s all about your ability to build a personal connection with the person interviewing you. 
Whether you’re impressing a potential employer from home via a video or phone interview or in person, the principles of forging personal connections are largely the same. Here are my top tips to help you prepare: 
Build rapport
Small talk can have a big impact on your outcome. The time between the first handshake (or digital wave) and settling in for the interview is the perfect time to show your personality and find common ground.
The key is to build rapport with the interviewer from the start, and then approach the interview with a mix of general conversation and excitement about the role.
This comes down to preparation. Learn about the company, the role you’re applying for and if possible, your recruiter’s background. This will help you ask better questions and will show that you’re really interested. 
Show your personal side
Come to the interview prepared and relaxed. The more at ease you are, the more your personality will shine. Don’t be afraid to show your interests and hobbies. Pay attention to your body language and never speak negatively about any past roles. If you’ve had a negative experience, frame it as a positive by showcasing what you learned from it.
Be clear and concise
When you’re trying to connect online, you don’t have the same benefit of displaying your full personality and behaviours as you do in person. So, if you’re doing a video interview, preparation is everything. Make sure your internet connection is stable, dress appropriately, and approach it just like you would if it was a face-to-face meeting.

If you’re connecting through email, be clear and concise with any questions that you ask, check for grammar, and pay close attention to the tone as this can easily be misread.
Do your homework
It's important to keep a spreadsheet of the roles that you have applied for so when a recruiter calls, you know which role they’re referring to. You want to show that this role is important to you. Never leave the impression that you’re not sure what role the recruiter is talking about because you’ve applied for so many.
Dress the part
Projecting professionalism goes beyond the cover letter, CV and digital handles. Always dress professionally. Avoid anything too flashy or distracting. You should be the focus of the interview, not your wardrobe.

Show your enthusiasm
Here at Telstra, video interviews are part of our recruitment process and I can always tell when a candidate comes across as positive, enthusiastic, and genuinely excited about the role that they’re applying for.

While an interview is a platform to showcase yourself, don’t go into the conversation solely talking about yourself. Ask open-ended questions and take the time to listen to what your potential employer’s goals are.

Sparking that personal connection with a person you’ve just met is never easy – especially when it can take place in various forms from face-to-face and email to video calls. But if you come prepared and equip yourself with the right tools, you’ll be in a much better position to land your dream job.
You can learn about Telstra’s recruitment process and get some more tips and tricks here.
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