Employment Interview

Tips For Success In An Online Job Interview

With the pandemic, it is becoming more convenient and cost-effective for employers to conduct job interviews online. Employers are realizing that virtual interviews would save the organization a lot of costs and speed up the interviewing process; allowing hiring managers to interview local and non-local prospective candidates. In this article, we will be sharing some tips for success in an online job interview.

We have broken the article into the Pre, In and Post Interview phases.

These phases will give room to prepare ahead of time and prepare your questions in advance carefully, especially if you are not conversant with online conferencing.


Mock Interview


Determine what device is best suited for the interview (such as a computer, tablet, smartphone) For most interviews, a computer is the best option. invest in purchasing or borrowing to use for the interview.

Ask in advance all the details about this format. What format will they be using? (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.). How long will the interview be? What online service are they using? How many people will be there interviewing you? Don’t expect the interviewer to volunteer much, so ask and call back a second time if you need clarification.

Protip: Phone connections might easily drop when the reception is bad. You will not look good holding your cellphone, which will shake or move around as you hold it and be annoying to the viewer. A desktop computer and laptop are better options. 


The ideal scenario for an online interview is a quiet location in which you can shut out distractions and noises, control the lighting, and display a generic background.

Protip: Find a good spot to conduct your online interview before the D-day to make certain you’re not rushing around before the interview.. Natural light is best If possible, try to settle down near a window plus a plain wall as your backdrop.


Under as close to identical circumstances as possible, plan an interview with a friend, colleague, or family member.

  • Predict interview questions and information to include in the answer
  • Practice answers to communicate effectively in English by exploring grammar patterns and structures, appropriate terminology and pronunciation
  • Polish up on interview etiquette
  • Don’t skimp on your interview prep.
  • Research the employer, and formulate a few questions you want to ask about the organization

Protip: Watch for your nonverbal clues and facial expressions. Get used to the camera. Focus totally on the interviewer and try to forget the camera. You do need to stare into the camera, so the viewer sees your eyes and not you looking down. Movements need to be slow. Best not to move around too much. Your poise and self-confidence are being assessed here. Be sure to exude these traits and smile often. Show interest and enthusiasm for the job


Have an alternative plan ready if something goes wrong the day or during the interview. Make options available in the event of a network issue

Protip: Confirm with the interviewer, in advance of the interview, that you’ll switch to a phone call should technology or connection issues crop up.


Devices and Technology
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Do a check at least an hour before your interview time. And then do another check 30 minutes before the interview time.

  •  Test:
  • Technology, connection, camera, lighting, sound and video program.

Make sure you understand how it all works. And test it all again right before the interview commences.


Remember to turn off all apps and programs on your device; silence anything that could interfere with the interview including email notifications on your computer and your phone.


Dress up like you would for a face-to-face interview A suit jacket and solid shirt or blouse work best as they will help you look professional.

Research the general dress code for the industry you’re interviewing in; remember, nothing too flashy or suggestive with outfits.

First impressions matter and your appearance are crucial to making a good one.


Eye contact is important even in the online environment. look directly into the webcam and stay engaged instead of looking at the person on the screen. Don’t forget to smile! Whether you are talking to an actual person or recording your answers. Sit upright and lean in a bit.


Take a Second when responding to questions from the interviewer in case the connection is weak — so that you don’t end up talking over the interviewer.

Speak in a conversational voice, just as you would in a face-to-face interview.
Have notes in front of you (off-camera) to remind you of critical issues you want to highlight, but do NOT overuse them.


Interview checklist
Online interview checklist


After the interview, make sure the interviewer(s) leave the meeting or conversation before you do. Do not shut down your device even if you are through with the interview.

Follow up your interview with a thank-you note to your interviewer(s).


If the interviewer makes available a hiring decision date (when your online interview wraps), do not reach out before that date. If the date comes and goes, follow-up with the interviewer.

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Coronavirus Vs The Workplace

With the ever-growing rate of persons infected with the coronavirus, there is a great need for the workplace to implement best health practices.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 

With it first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, it has since spread globally and declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The common symptoms associated with the COVID-19  includes:

  • fever,
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath,
  • Muscle pain,
  • Sputum production
  • Sore throat.

While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure.

The infection is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing.



When global health emergencies take place, they often bring to light breach within the workplace. It is pertinent that organizations can identify them and make improvements to protect their employees in the event of another global health occurrence.

According to Forbes; in 2016, the flu season was estimated to cost $5.8 billion in health care and lost productivity costs, while the swine flu in 2009 had an estimated economic loss range from 0.5 to 1.5% of GDP (gross domestic product) on affected countries.

It is therefore imperative that we share ways in which coronavirus (Covid-19) might impact the future of the workforce and how organizations can build a successful, healthy and productive organization.



While some economies have embraced the idea of telecommuting, some are yet to adopt this system.  Flexjobs notes that 91% of remote work has grown over the last decade and with how delicate the situation is, more organizations will be forced to embrace this means.

Most large organizations make remote work an easy option because they have the infrastructure to support it, and providing this option makes it easy for them to attract top talent. It is therefore imperative to build the organization’s capability to offer remote work and there are also advantages to this option;

  • When employees should request the need or prefer to work from home, they usually appreciate the opportunity.
  • Reduced costs for the employer employees often provide their means of getting the job done eg( Telephone, Laptops, Internet).
  • The employer also saves on the cost of office space.
  • It provides the employer with the ability to employ individuals who through disability are unable to travel to a workplace.

Other means of communication to get work done in and out of office include:

1. Asana

Asana is arguably the best when it comes to task and project management. The project management tool is great for teams as one can be able to seamlessly create project workflows and create tasks which can be assigned to members within your team.  

With the added benefit of being able to add notes, upload files, and set deadlines for tasks.

2. Zoom

Zoom is an enterprise-level, all-in-one collaboration tool with a small business price tag. It offers video and web conferencing solutions as well as a cross-platform instant messaging and file-sharing features. 

Zoom lets users hold all types of online meetings, such as one-on-one video conferences, town hall meetings, training, webinars and marketing events. The service can be used on desktops, mobile devices, and your company’s video and conference room systems. A developer platform is available to integrate Zoom features – such as video, voice and screen sharing – with apps your business already uses.

3. GoToMeeting

If you need a basic, easy-to-use web conferencing solution, GoToMeeting can get you started immediately. Its one-click meeting feature enables to quickly schedule meetings straight from Outlook or Google Calendar. In addition to HD videoconferencing, GoToMeeting comes with dozens of useful tools to make your meetings more productive and interactive. These include screen sharing, web audio, a dial-in conference line, drawing tools and the ability to record meetings.

5. Slack  

Slack brings all types of communication of an organization together — project or topic-specific conversations, collaboration, file sharing, and more. It also easily integrates with all other tools that you may be already using, making it a versatile and seamless experience for the team.

6. Clockify

Clockify is an accurate productivity software tool on the market that can be used to track the number of time an employee is spending on specific tasks and projects. It’s a simple time tracker and timesheet app that lets you and your team track work hours across projects.


For organizations whose countries are less affected or with a record of low cases, protective measures must be put in place to ensure the environment is safe and tidy and prevalence of the virus is minimal.

Use of sanitizers to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the workplace
Alcohol-Based Sanitizer
  • Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic  
    • Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables)
    • objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads
  • Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors and customers. (60 seconds recommended)
  • Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace, and ensure these dispensers are regularly refilled
  • Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
  • Ensure that face masks and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, alongside closed bins for hygienically disposing of them
  • Anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. Encourage work from home if they have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection
  • Encourage employees to wash their hands regularly and stay at least one meter away from people who are coughing or sneezing
  • Develop a contingency and business continuity plan for an outbreak in the communities where your business operates. The plan will help prepare your organization for the possibility of an outbreak of COVID-19 in its workplaces or community. It may also be valid for other health emergencies


Before the coronavirus outbreak, data suggests that 90% of employees have admitted to coming to work when ill. These sick employees are reported to be less productive than engaged and healthy employees.

Organizations should update their sick leave policy to accommodate the health needs of your employees.  Create a plan that extends sick leave based upon the severity, or, offer only unlimited sick days and stick with your current paid time off plan; because healthy employees lead to a healthy business.

Coronavirus Vs the workplace

The business environment is just one of many institutions that are not creating an environment that supports their employees taking space to heal when they face illness.

Now is the time to prepare for COVID-19. Simple precautions and planning can make a big difference in protecting your employees and growing your business.