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.
1. DECIDE ON THE BEST DEVICE TO USE FOR YOUR 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.
2. SELECT A LOCATION FOR THE INTERVIEW
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.
3. PRACTICE AT LEAST ONE MOCK INTERVIEW
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
4. HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
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.
1. DO A TEST-RUN WITH YOUR DEVICE BEFORE INTERVIEW TIME
Do a check at least an hour before your interview time. And then do another check 30 minutes before the interview time.
- 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.
2. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW STARTS
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.
3. DRESS PROFESSIONALLY
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.
4. MAINTAIN EYE-CONTACT AT ALL TIMES
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.
5. MAKE CONVERSATIONS
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.
POST – INTERVIEW
1. LET THE INTERVIEWER LEAVE THE VIDEO BEFORE YOU
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.