If you are applying for a job and your CV and letter of recommendation convince you that you can be the only person you want, the next step may be an invitation to an interview – but what if it is online?
Video interviews were more common before coronavirus, to shorten hiring time and improve applicants’ distance.. However, when working from home is not the norm, interviews with Zoom or Google Meets are standard. The team at Adams Multilingual Recruitment shares their golden tips for a successful video interview.
Prepare for an online interview
For some, the idea of a video interview is less scary than the real-life experience of your new employer. The disadvantage is that it attracts a false sense of security. This is a tough job interview, and your dream job will fall on it!
Make sure you have enough time to prepare before the interview. If possible, make an appointment within that time and spend time entering the zone. With five minutes to zoom in, there’s nothing worse than being in a hurry to get dressed.
Check your technology
The obvious disadvantage of a video interview is that it depends on when all the technologies are working efficiently. Make sure the video conference link or app works well in advance, and contact the company if you have any issues. Use a laptop or computer instead of your phone for an interview.
Your microphone, camera and internet connection should also be tested before the call. Make sure you are on the right WiFi (for example, if you have a WiFi extension at home) and if you have any doubts, consider ‘hotspotting’ using your phone 4G. If possible, try a test with a friend or family member. They can advise you on the best angles and positions and make sure your technology is working properly.
Take care of your environment
You do not need to rent a desk in a shared space for your video interview, but you do do You need to make sure your background is clean and professional. You may also want to consider a neutral zoom background, but be extra careful to make sure this works well before your interview and that you do not accidentally click on an ‘interesting’ virtual background.
Preview your lights and corners and, if possible, sit next to a window with natural light. If you live with other people, make sure they know you are in a video interview, so you will not have any strange visitors during your call.
Consider marking your front door to let people know that they should not ring the bell within a few hours. If you have noisy pets, consider asking your friend to take care of them for the day so that you are not distracted. And of course, try to do the interview from home if possible to make sure your area is as quiet as possible.
Do not take the call from a cafe – or worse, the bar ከሆነ if it is only for a limited time to attend the video interview due to people in the house, for example contact the employer and see if it is possible. To make the call when you have an empty house.
Pay attention to your body language
Body language becomes more important than ever when speaking through a screen. The people you are talking to may not read as well as you do in real life, so it is important to know how to deal with them. Remove distractions from the back of your screen to avoid being tempted to view notifications on your phone.
Do your best to smile, and avoid teasing if possible. Make sure your screen is adequately covered so that the interviewer does not just look at your face – make sure you can see your upper body and remember that you are wearing it. Finally, try not to move too much during the interview. On the screen, it is particularly distracting. Find a swinging chair and check your position before hitting the ‘join call’.
Finish on a strong note
You will miss a video interview, a post-interview office trip, and you can talk a little with your employer. It is important to end it with a strong and positive note, thanking them for their future and asking when they will hear it.
Make sure you close the meeting, and, of course, ‘Thank you’ and with a smile. As a result, formal job interview rules apply, such as sending a thank-you note, and contacting your employer if you do not hear the exercise after a week.
Regular job interview rules apply
At the end of the day, an online interview is still a regular job interview. Prepare point-to-point answers about your background and career to this day and be prepared for a set of questions about your employer.
Talk on time before the interview, and if you are do You must change the time or date for legal reasons, make sure you reschedule the appointment.
Whether you enjoy video interviews or opt for face-to-face contact, here’s a virtual reality job. It is important to spend a little extra time preparing for your interview, even if you are sitting at a desk in your living room. And like all interviews, look at your answers in advance, hold some water in your hand and don’t forget to breathe. good for you!
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