How to be successful in an online job interview
Updated: Mar 21
Are you nervous about your video interview? We can understand it, and the pressure just keeps building up when you are experiencing it for the first time. Although nothing can beat face-to-face interviews, the trend of video interviews has increased dramatically due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
A Zenefit survey reports that during COVID 19 pandemic, 88% of hiring managers conducted video interviews. There can be loads of questions in your mind about video interviews, and we are sure at the end of this write-up, you will be confident to crack any video interview. Keep reading till the end.
How to prepare for a video interview?
Before preparing for a video interview, you must keep these three fundamental things in your mind.
Outline a process
Take the time to outline a process for your video interview. Each part of your interview goes smoothly; if you already have outlined a process, it will be less stressful and more productive. Do a test run a day or two before your interview. Ensure that you are ready with some questions and plan what you need during the process and whatnot. This way you’ll eliminate the time-wasting tasks that prolong online interviews
Set & test your equipment
If you are compromising with this, then something will obviously go wrong; you can say that your equipment is the soul of your video interview. Make sure that your equipment is working correctly, so set and test your equipment first. To win the game, you must check your connectivity and set them according to your convenience.
Set up a good interviewing space
It's one of the essential aspects to take care of. Set up a good interviewing space and choose a quiet space where you will hopefully be the only visible and audible person. The place should be neat and clean and don't choose a busy area with lots of distractions. By choosing the right place, you can take your video interview to another level.
4 Tips on how to be successful during the interview
It's essential to understand its basics because a video interview is a way to lend you on for your dream job. These four tips definitely will help you to win the heart of hiring a team.
1. Take care of your body language
Your body language in a video meeting can convey a lot about who you are. Take care of your body language. You can present a positive image by correcting your posture straight. Place both feet comfortably on the ground while sitting and avoid doing things such as slouching, itching, and holding your head with your hands.
Also, don't forget to pay attention to where you are looking. Make direct eye contact; it displays your confidence because Confidence is key to cracking a video interview. Make sure that you are looking in the camera instead of looking on your laptop screen. By doing this, your interviewer gets the sense that you're engaged and not distracted.
2. Dress appropriately
It is one of the most overlooked video interview tips. Even though your interviewer won't see anything below the waist in video interviews, it doesn't mean that you should only dress up your body's upper half.
You may need to stand up during the interview to grab something which would reveal your mismatched bottoms. It is better to avoid the risk and dress appropriately because looks matter when it comes to winning a video interview. View yourself on a webcam to make sure that your dress looks professional on camera too.
3. Prepare a list of questions
Listen carefully and speak clearly. Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask from the employer; your question should be relevant regarding your job and company. Don't ask any personal questions because your interviewer is looking for a person who can be interactive and knowledgeable about the applying role.
4. Do your homework (research of the company)
Thoroughly analyze the job information, and highlight where you match or beat the requirements. Nowadays, this is easy to know about a company; its competitors, its product and services, and the company's long-term vision. So do your homework carefully which includes research of the company.
By researching all the things about the company, make sure you can align with the job requirements and employers' goals and missions.
These are the essential tips to crack any job interview. Present the best YOU to the interviewer by focusing on the job and company and prepare crystal clear answers and stories that demonstrate why you are the best fit for the job.