How to impress during an online Job Interview

07/28/2020

 

Although video interviews have been increasing in popularity for some time now, the Coronavirus crisis has made them essential. This means that if you’re applying for jobs right now, you can reasonably expect that a video interview will be a part of the process. If you’ve never done one of these before, you may be a little nervous, as it is of course different to what you’re used to. Being able to go into it with confidence is key, and the tips that we have put together below will help you to do exactly this.

Never underprepare

There is a bit of a misconception that a video interview is less formal than a face to face interview, but this is not the case. You still need to make sure you know as much as possible about both the company, and the job role you’re applying for. Being able to talk about the company values, for example, can show that you have a real interest in the role, and it also shows that you care about the interview as you’ve taken the time to put in the effort beforehand.

Dress as smartly as you would for a face to face interview

Looking and feeling professional are always important during an interview, and the way you dress can have a huge impact on how you come across. Although you are in your own home, you need to act as though you’re going to a face to face meeting, and dress accordingly. It can of course feel silly to wear a suit in your bedroom or kitchen, but you will make a much better first impression on the people you’re meeting. Feeling like you’re dressed smartly can have a huge impact on your confidence, which will help with your overall performance.

Set up your equipment in advance

Technical problems can ruin an interview before it’s even started, so you should always check your setup in advance. This includes testing all equipment that you’ll need, making sure you know exactly how to use the software, and checking exactly what’s in shot while you’re sitting in your seat. You should ensure that the area around you is tidy, and that there is nothing that could distract from the interview. It can also help a lot to record yourself speaking a little, as this will help you to know how you look and sound on screen, and make any changes you think are necessary.

Think about your body language

A video interview may not feel natural to you, but you need to be aware of the body language you’re using. For example, eye contact is important, and you should also avoid fidgeting. Be aware of your posture, too, as it is instinct for many of us to slump while sitting at the computer. You can use body language to your advantage to show you’re engaged and interested – but record yourself practicing this first, to ensure that it looks natural.

Be polite and considerate

Many of the in-person social cues that are available at an average interview aren’t available online, and this means you need to make more effort to be polite and considerate. This includes giving everyone enough time to finish their answers, showing clearly when you’ve finishing speaking, and letting the interviewers know when you’re writing down some notes or gathering your thoughts, as this helps to explain any kind of lull in the conversation.

Although video interviews can be very different to attending them face to face, it still gives you a great chance to show a company what you’re capable of. Read over these tips a few times in the runup to your interview, and you can be sure that you will be able to sit down with confidence, and perform to the best of your ability.

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