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A Guide to Handling Email Interviews

13552930_mIt is very rare but every so often an employer may decide to conduct an interview with you over email. With so many things to do online today including social media, advertising and live streaming amongst others, more and more employers are using the internet to do business online. It’s a good idea to update your CV and cover letter to keep up with the pace of the internet. Ensure you list phone numbers and email addresses at the top of your CV (if you’re using our CV builder this will automatically be arranged for you by our CV templates) and add any HTML links so an employer can view any of your work online. If you are a premium member of the Jobulo service then you can host your CV online via your own URL – it’s good practice to share this with potential employers and also looks very professional.

How to Prepare

Before sending your professional CV to an employer, you should be prepared for them to send you some questions back. They could be simple and brief but it’s good to start thinking about what they might ask. So what might an employer say over email?

  • How did you hear about the position?
  • What experience do you have?
  • Tell me/us a little bit about yourself
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why should I invite you to interview?
  • What is your availability to start new employment with us?

How Should You Respond?

Although it’s rare for an employer to email, it can happen. Your response will never need to be in-depth as most employers will request an interview or a phone interview if they like your application. But ensure you know the answer to the questions above before you email. Respond politely, add a bit of detail and always end the email with a question i.e. what is the next step? Hopefully this will secure your chances of getting to the interview stage.