Given the impact of COVID-19, business is being conducted remotely whenever and wherever possible. Job interviews are no exception. Video calling has become a crucial tool in the world of social distancing, and it is likely your next job interview will take place from the comfort of your own home.
While the backdrop of your interview may have changed, it is important to prepare for and treat the opportunity as professionally as you would an in-person interview. Here are 5 tips to help you ace your next online interview!
1.Familiarize Yourself with the Technology
It is important to make yourself comfortable with the tool you will be using to host your interview. Inquire as to which program will be utilized and, if unfamiliar with the medium, ask a friend or family member to help with a test run. This is a great way to make sure your lighting and sound quality are up to snuff for the big day!
2.Present a Professional Picture
Treat your video interview exactly as you would a face to face meeting. Present a polished exterior, dressing in clean, wrinkle free, smart clothing. We may be in our home offices or living rooms but that is no excuse to look too comfortable! Maintain eye contact and professional body language (no slouching, no checking your phone or other electronics). As video interviewing is new to most people, we sometimes forget to check the professional aesthetic of our screen backgrounds with the same eye we do ourselves. Ensure that everything the interviewer will see behind you is appropriate and not too distracting.
Displaying confidence in yourself and your ability to do the job you are applying for is key. If you are not a confident interviewee, or are not comfortable over video calls, have a few practice interviews with a colleague or a friend. The more you practice the interview, the more self assured you will appear on the real video call.
Know your stuff! Always research the company you are interviewing for beforehand. This shows not only an interest in the job itself, but in the professional community you hope to join. Bonus points for knowing the name of the person who will be interviewing you – do some research about their career history and position in the company. Prep yourself by brainstorming possible questions you may be asked, as well as any questions you may have for your interviewer. Researching before an interview allows you to be more engaged and present during your call.
Don’t let your first impression end with the interview! Send a “thank you for your time” email the same day as your video interview. Following up with your interviewer shows that you are considerate, purposeful, and grateful for the opportunity to interview with the company.