Most things are done online these days, even job interviews!
The possibility of being asked to do a online interview is likely, this will either provide you with relief knowing that you won’t have to meet in person. Or leave you riddled with fear.
While the destination differs to a ‘normal’ interview there are a large amount of similarities between the two. Here are some tips to get you started:
Looking the part
You should prepare and present yourself the same as you would in a face-to-face interview. Being professionally dressed will put you in the right mind-set and encourage you to deliver yourself correctly rather than in a ‘I’m at home’ manner.
While you’ll typically only be seen from the waist up, we do not recommend that you use this opportunity to get half dressed. You may need to get up for some reason, and if you do it wont look good.
Prepare your surroundings
Ensure that you choose a quiet, well lit, tidy space. Having a clear, uncluttered space will help you to concentrate on your interview and remind you that you are in fact in an interview.
Make sure there are no objects around that you wouldn’t want the interviewer to see, as they probably see a lot more than you think!
Look at the camera, not the screen
It’s easy to get distracted and have a look at yourself, but it’s important to give good eye contact even through video call. Looking anywhere but the camera lens will make you appear distracted.
Also, remember to smile :).
Avoid any interruptions or distractions
Switch off your phone, call a baby sitter, and so on.
Small interruptions such as your phone calling, can stop the smooth running of your interview. You want an interviewer to see that you are serious about the role, so show that you are prepared.
Always turn off music, the TV, any type of background noise. Most importantly, let people in your house know you are in an interview. And that you are not to be disturbed.
Despite not being in the same room, body language remains important. Sit up straight, be enthusiastic and look alert.
Be aware of the limitations that come with online video calling. Sound quality may not be the best so make sure you’re speaking clearly! Feel feel to use hand movements to emphasise a point you have made, but do not over do it.
Tip: keep your hands on your knees.
Have a practice run of your interview, use a friend or family member to trial how you should answer interview questions. As well as this, test your equipment. Technology isn’t always reliable, you never know when it might decide to malfunction.
Check the best angle for your webcam, the best place to sit and the tidiest background. Most importantly, check the speed of your connection! You don’t want something as simple as the internet to ruin your interview.
Remember these points and you’ll be fine. Be confident and good luck with your interview.
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