With the impact of COVID-19, many businesses and companies have moved from traditional in-person interviews to Zoom or other video chatting platforms. While this may seem daunting or an added obstacle to your job searching process, this could present a whole new list of added benefits to your interviewing process. With in-person interviews being a way of the past, there is no longer the stress of unpredictable traffic, sweaty handshakes, hard-to-find addresses, or even the perfect outfit. Yet, there are still many steps you can take before, during, and after a virtual interview to ensure your success.
1. Have a stable and strong wifi connection. If you often have issues with your internet connection try reaching out to your service provider well in advance to
have this resolved or find an alternative location you feel confident can provide you with excellent service. If your Wifi goes down in the middle of an interview switch in your phone’s hotspot. If all else fails, quickly call your interviewer and explain the situation and see if you can continue over the phone or reschedule. Some things are out of your control, but you can always control how you react to a situation. If this happens it creates a unique opportunity in which you can demonstrate your problem- solving abilities.
2. Know how to navigate the interview software. Zoom is very popular currently, but there is a wide array of video chatting platforms. Make sure you download any software you may need and make sure you know how to use it. You do not want to be scrambling at the last minute trying to figure out what to do.
3. Plan your backdrop. Try to find a background that is not distracting. Yes, we know you may be working in your bedroom, but at the very least have the bed made or turn your screen so your background is a plain wall. You want the interviewer focused on YOU and not your messy house. If this is not an option or you simply don’t have the time use a virtual backdrop instead.
4. Find someplace quiet. Make sure your roommates, friends, family members, or whoever is in your household knows exactly when your interview is taking place. The last thing you want is your interviewer to be distracted by noises that can easily be prevented.
5. Dress appropriately. While only half of you are on the screen make sure you dress the part. Interviewing virtually can make it more difficult to see a person so think about dressing up a little more than you normally might to make sure you look like you put in an effort to look the part.
6. Speak loudly and clearly. The nature of virtual communication can be tricky and it is impossible to know how you sound on the other end. You want the interviewer to be able to focus on what you are saying rather than struggling to make out your responses. Ask at the start of the interview “can you hear me ok?”.
7. Try your best to maintain eye contact. This can be difficult on Zoom because it can be hard to know where to look. Instead, make sure you give a lot of cues, whether it be visual or verbal, showing you are present and engaged in the conversation.
8. Be on time. You have no excuse for being late to a zoom interview. There is no commute, no unexpected traffic, no car crashes, no hard- to- find buildings. Click on that link early and be ready to start promptly.
9. Have a notes sheet up. Presumably, you have done your due diligence and jotted down notes and questions in preparation for the interview. Do not hesitate to take advantage of the remote interview process and have a word document pulled up. That being said- be discreet- you should not appear to be reading off a screen. This should not be used as a crutch, but rather fewer things you have to remember during the interview.
10. Send a thank- you note. Make sure you send a follow- up email thanking the interviewer. This shows your interest in the position and overall classiness.