More job seekers have had to adjust to being interviewed online due to restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Interviews no longer have to be in person, employers can now choose to interview applicants on video or via phone calls.
Preparation for online interviews should be taken just as seriously as that of a traditional interview. Here are some tips from career website Indeed to help you prepare for an online video interview.
1. Make sure your technology works
It is advised that you familiarize yourself with the necessary equipment and software, you do not want to stall the interviewer by not being able to use the software or your equipment.
It is also suggested that before your interview appointment, test call a friend or family member as practice. Make sure that your microphone and speakers are working and that your internet connection supports high-quality live video. Also, check and make sure you are using a professional screen name that will be easy for the interviewer to recognize.
2. Bring a notebook
Find a notebook and pen and set them within reach of your computer. Consider printing out a copy of your resume or CV so that you can consult during the interview. You might also want to make a list of questions or talking points that you would like to bring up in the interview. These tools can all be helpful, but make sure they do not divert your attention too often during the interview.
3. Choose the right location
The last thing you want is to be distracted by background sounds during an interview so before the scheduled interview time, it is suggested that you select a quiet spot for your interview.
Make sure you have adequate lighting (preferably natural) and that there is nothing distracting behind you. Make sure anyone else in the house with you knows not to disturb you and shut any pets out of the room.
A professional backdrop will show the interviewer that you are serious about the interview and the job.
4. Look the part
Even though you are not meeting your interviewer in person, it is still important to dress professionally. Wear something clean, conservative and business casual. If you can, you may want to research the company’s dress code in advance.
Wear nice pants and shoes, just in case you need to stand up or walk away from the camera. Your dress will communicate your level of professionalism with the interviewer, so dress conscientiously.
Making eye contact during an online interview is more difficult than you might think. When answering questions, you will need to focus your gaze directly into the webcam instead of at the interviewer’s face or your own. Maintaining eye contact and nodding will show the interviewer that you are involved and listening attentively.
6. Stay calm
Your worst enemy during an online interview may be your own nerves so try to relax. Take a deep breath before the call, and try to remain calm and collected during the interview. If you can communicate confidently with the interviewer, you are far more likely to leave a lasting positive impression than if you seem nervous. Remember, one of the best solutions for interview anxiety is practicing your answers ahead of time.