Online Interview

How to stand out in an online job interview.


Before the interview


Test your device
First, you need to find out what the employer’s preferred tool is. Whether it’s Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype or Zoom, make sure you know how to use the software and that it’s compatible with your device. It’s a good idea to try a trial conversation with a friend or relative to check your microphone and webcam and to see if your internet connection allows good audio/video quality.
Don’t forget to ask the employer how the interview will go. You may not need to stream video.
Make a backup plan
Make a backup plan in case you have technical problems on the day of the interview. You may have another device already tested or ask the interviewer in advance for a phone number to call in case of a technical problem.
Be punctual
As with face-to-face interviews, it is a good idea to be 10 minutes early.
Choose the perfect place
Choose a good place with natural light so the interviewer can see you clearly. The background is also very important – clear and remove any objects behind you that might distract the interviewer.
Remove distracting factors
Don’t forget to turn off notifications on your device. If you live with someone else or have a pet, make sure they don’t disturb you and can’t accidentally enter the frame.
Be prepared
Prepare answers to frequently asked questions. You can also have your CV and cover letter handy as quick references. Don’t forget to have a pen and paper handy in case you need to take notes.
Dress for professional success
Dress as if you were going for a face-to-face interview. First impressions are important, so you need to look professional even if you’re in your living room.
During the interview
Listen carefully
Online interviews can sometimes have an audio gap, which means you may accidentally interrupt someone. To avoid this, listen carefully to the interviewer and wait a few seconds before speaking.
Pay attention to body language
Remember to stand up straight, smile and catch the interviewer’s attention. Eye contact is important, so do your best to look the interviewer ‘in the eye’: that is, look at the webcam, not the screen.
After the interview
Write a thank-you e-mail
As with other job interviews, send a thank-you e-mail to the interviewer. The email shows that you are thoughtful and grateful for the opportunity.
Find out the status of the procedure
In large companies, the recruitment process can be lengthy, so be patient. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check in from time to time to express your interest in the vacancy.
We hope you find these tips useful and wish you good luck in your job search!

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