How to get noticed 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 out a trial conversation with a friend or relative to check your microphone and webcam and see if your internet connection allows for good audio / video quality.
Don’t forget to ask the employer how the interview will be conducted. There may be no need for video streaming.
Make a backup plan
Make a backup plan in case you have any technical issues on the day of the interview. You may have another device already tested, or you may ask the interviewer in advance for a phone number to call in the event of a technical problem.
As with face-to-face interviews, it’s a good idea to be 10 minutes ahead.
Choose the perfect place
Choose a good place with natural light so that the interviewer can see you clearly. The background is also very important – clean up and remove any objects behind you that could distract the interviewer.
Remove disturbing factors
Remember to turn off notifications on your device. If you live with someone else or have a pet, make sure it doesn’t bother you and that they can’t accidentally get into the frame.
Prepare answers to frequently asked questions. You can also have your resume and cover letter handy as quick references. Remember to have a pen and paper handy in case you need to take notes.
Dress for professional success
Dress like you’re going to a face-to-face interview. The first impression is important and therefore you must have a professional outfit even if you are in the living room at home.
During the interview
Online interviews can sometimes have an audio gap, which means you can inadvertently 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 email
As with other job interviews, send a thank-you email to the interviewer. The email shows that you are attentive and grateful for the opportunity.
Find out about the status of the procedure
In large companies, the recruitment process can be lengthy, so be patient. This does not mean that you do not have to worry about the status of the procedure from time to time in order to express your interest in the vacancy.
We hope you find these tips helpful and wish you success in your job search!