Online Interview Tips

One way that companies are adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic is adopting online or virtual interview processes. An excellent adaptation that has avoided recruitment coming to a total standstill throughout the pandemic. However, although incredibly useful and not at all a new invention, some job seekers may have never experienced a virtual interview before and may find these now common place online interviews quite daunting.

So what exactly is a virtual interview? Well basically it is an interview that takes place remotely, sometimes over the phone but more often than not they take place using video calling technology – some examples of these include Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom to name but a few.

If you’re not familiar with this kind of tech than that can often be the first hurdle to conquer – we would always recommend testing your tech! Trial run a meeting with a friend prior to your interview, if an app is required make sure this is downloaded in advance of your interview, equally make sure than the microphone and camera are working properly on your device. If you’re unsure of anything or have any major technical difficulties on the day – don’t panic. More than likely the interviewer will have your phone number on hand, and should technology fail you can always have a telephone interview as a Plan B.

You should treat any online interview like a face-to-face meeting. Wear professional attire, make sure you have a clean and tidy appearance, and also dress your room – make sure you have a tidy space to have your interview with an appropriate back drop and good lighting. Avoid noisy areas too – we would recommend avoiding using a busy coffee shop or shared pace, find a quiet corner with limited distractions.

Limit distractions – don’t be tempted to have windows open on your device during the interview, try to avoid reading from notes, and ignore your mouse and keyboard (your interviewer be able to hear you clicking/typing and will think you’re not paying attention).

Many people think it’s impossible to use positive body language online, but in realty in can be done quite easily. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer, smile and nod along to what they are talking about, sit up straight and avoid looking slumped or too relaxed & use professional body language. With online interviews you don’t get that initial handshake so don’t be afraid to make small talk at the beginning and end of your virtual meeting – create a welcoming atmosphere and build rapport with your interviewer.

Most importantly be yourself, stay calm, and don’t overthink it too much – no one wants to talk to a robot with scripted answers learnt off by heart. Be authentic & reactive to the flow of conversation, take advantage of being in your own relaxing space and conquer any nerves that may flare up. 

For more general interview tips please follow the link. 

Best of luck with your next virtual interview!