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African Recruitment Guidance

For reasons that require no real explanation, it’s unlikely that every interview for your prospective job in Africa will be carried out in-person.

The logistics would be simply unfeasible, which is why it’s generally the ‘done thing’ in international recruitment drives for candidates to have their first and final interviews by telephone.

Now, this may sound like a concept that takes some of the pressure out of the endeavour, but in reality can in fact be an even bigger challenge. Your first phone interview must be used to get across not only who you are, how you operate and what makes you unique, but also to be memorable enough to stand out above and beyond your fellow candidates.

Needless to say, this isn’t easy when the recruiter cannot even see your face.

Here’s a quick overview of five key tips for African recruitment guidance:

1 – Forward Planning.

First and foremost, never forget the importance of forward planning to ensure there are no catastrophic hiccups from the word go. Make sure you have taken into account the time difference, don’t even consider using a phone that’s low on battery life and be sure to leave at least three times more time than you actually think you’ll need. If they phone a little late, you don’t want to be unreachable.

2 – The Right Attitude.

Yes, it’s a phone interview and no, they cannot see you, but this doesn’t mean you can lay there in your pajamas sipping a glass of brandy. By contrast, you should approach the interview as if they will be there in the room with you at the time in order to build the right attitude and general approach.

3 – Take (Brief) Notes.

One huge blessing of phone interviews is that you can take notes along to jog your memory and make sure you don’t miss any key points. However, you need to make sure you limit these notes to bullet points and a few sheets of paper only. The reason being that if it’s obvious you’re reading from autocue or spend too long clearly rummaging around in a mass of papers, they won’t be impressed.

4 – Accent Exposure.

Depending on where the interviewer is from and who exactly they work for, there’s a chance they may have a very strong accent you won’t have heard before. As such, it’s of crucial importance to gain at least a little prior exposure to the accent itself prior to the interview going ahead – you can simple use Google to find some example audio files of check out YouTube.

5 – Body Language. (?)

Is there any real point in gesticulating and sitting up straight as if the interviewer was in the room at the time? There is indeed – this is the only way of making sure you behave exactly as you would were it a standard in-person interview.

6 – You Do the Talking.

And finally, the fact that you’re hiding out at home can make it rather too tempting to just sit there and wait to be prompted, summarily offering pretty brief answers. With an international phone interview, just like any other kind of interview, it’s you and you alone that should be doing most of the talking. After all, it’s the recruiter that’s trying to learn all there is to know about you, not the other way around.

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