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How to ace an on-screen interview


Every day more employers are going online to interview their prospective employees; it’s not feasible to fly out every potential candidate for an interview in person.   Online interviews save time and money, so if you haven’t had an on-screen interview yet, expect one in the near future.

First of all you should asses your equipment, this doesn’t need to be state of the art but the mic and camera should work efficiently and not against you.   Generally, the company who has invited you to an interview will supply you with specifications which allow you to test your equipment beforehand and avoid technical difficulties.

Setting the scene

Now you have your equipment ready to go it’s time to think about the background and prepare yourself for the interview. 

·         Set up your equipment in a quiet room where you won’t be interrupted.

·         Avoid all distractions and this goes for the interviewer too, you don’t want the focus to be taken off you.

·         Position the camera so that it focuses on your head down to your shoulders and no more.

·         Lastly, adjust the lighting to ensure there are no shadows or bright spots on you.

What should you wear?

Always dress like a professional from the waist upwards.   In this case you really can wear your pyjamas to a job interview – so long as you don’t stand up!  Ensure that you are well-groomed and your shirt is ironed.

Before the interview

Practice makes perfect, now that you have the above in order you should have a practice interview with a friend/family member who can give you feedback on how you came off or at the very least record yourself and watch it back.   If you think you will have technical difficulties with your equipment, let the interviewer know. 

Have you any tips to add to this piece?  Get in touch.

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Global Energy Career Expo, London

Following the successful conference & exhibition last year, OilCareers are pleased to be partnering with Global Energy Career Expo which takes place this month.   The event is organised by dmg::events and is an excellent opportunity for skilled candidates to meet with potential employers.

It is apparent that the Oil and Gas industry is facing a critical skills shortage and in the next few years a number of the industry will be retiring and taking with them their expertise, knowledge and skills.  As the Oil and Gas industry continues to develop at a rapid pace and new projects are revealed, in order to secure the industry’s future, significant numbers will need to be added.

The Global Energy Career Expo is seen as the leading recruitment platform, giving jobseekers and recruiting companies the chance to meet face-to-face and discuss the latest offshore and onshore employment opportunities. will be exhibiting at the Global Energy Career Expo (GECE) exhibition and conference which takes place in London on the 27 & 28 February 2014 at the Business Design Centre.

Get ahead of the game, register and upload your CV on and instantly connect with hundreds of recruiters worldwide.  When you apply for a job on OilCareers your CV will be sent directly to the recruiter, having an online profile also allows recruiters to contact you for suitable positions.  Find your dream job and search over the 18,000 live vacancies which are posted every month on

Don’t forget to visit at booth #22 we look forward to meeting you.

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GPS Traffic Lights


There’s a phenomenon sweeping North American counter culture and making an impact on college campuses world wide, the traffic lights party.

Not been to one? Well there’s no need to worry as is bringing its traffic lights party to Global Petroleum Show (GPS), Calgary 12-14 June 2012, booth 8054.

Hot on the heels of success at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, visitors will once again be asked to signal their career intentions and rate their job satisfaction.

Whether you are in a job, or looking for one, the traffic lights party takes a refreshing approach to your career development. The rules are really simple – all you have to do is take a drink and we will do the rest!

So how we do know what you are thinking? It’s quite easy really, as the colour of cup you take your soda in says it all….

Red – ‘I really love my job’

Amber – ‘excite me and I will consider it’

Green – ‘I could be just what you are looking for’

If a drink is not for you then take part in our interactive survey or speak to member of the team who can offer the best advice for you and your career development.

We will also be at the Global Energy Career Expo at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre on 13 and 14 June, where again you can get the benefit of expert advice and even meet some of the industries key recruitment consultants.

Recruiters – watch out for the cups as it’s the best way for you to spot potential candidates on the show floor and beyond – we have already had cups spotted at two international airports!

We look forward to seeing you at GPS and finding out what colour you really are!

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