With online job interviews you have to take into account different things than with a face-to-face interview.
With many companies continuing to work remotely in the long term, more and more job interviews are conducted online.
These are seven tips to prepare you as best as possible for a job interview from home.
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Now that many companies have embraced remote working for the long term, chances are your next job interview will be conducted via Zoom, Teams or Google Meet.
To make sure that you leave a good impression on camera as in real life, you have to take a number of things into account.
Here are seven tips to help you prepare for a job interview from your home office.
Make sure your connection is good
During your job interview for a remote position, you don’t want your internet connection to fail after ten minutes. Not only will that make you more nervous, but will make your prospective employer wonder if you’re really the right person for the role.
Therefore, check the WiFi connection in advance, make sure your laptop is updated and that you are familiar with the program that the company uses for video calling so that you don’t sit down too late.
Also check that your camera and microphone are connected. Being on mute during your first meeting is not a good entry point.
Go for a neutral, well-lit background
The best place to conduct an online job interview is a quiet-looking room with few distractions.
If you have children, roommates, or pets, make sure they can’t come into the room and sit on your head in the middle of a conversation.
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Make sure the space behind you is as neutral as possible. An untidy bed or a cluttered kitchen can make a very unprofessional impression.
Choose an even, well-lit background – preferably with natural light to avoid shadows or backlighting.
Did you just paint your walls bright orange during the lockdown? Then don’t use a filter to obscure this, but choose the blurring options to keep the focus on you.
Don’t sit close to a wall. That gives the other side the feeling that you are locked in your office.
While working from home is the ultimate excuse to never take off your sweatpants again, don’t make yourself too comfortable. It is, after all, a job interview.
Make sure you look as professional as you would during a face-to-face interview. So no, no pajama bottoms and tennis socks under the desk either.
Try to choose neutral tones (blue, black and gray are the most recommended by recruiters) and avoid prints and stripes as they can appear distorted.
Emphasize why you are a good remote worker
If you’re interviewing from home, it’s likely that much of your work will also be done remotely.
This means that you must demonstrate that you have the necessary qualities to be able to bear that responsibility.
Discipline, good communication and the courage to take initiative are all important skills when working remotely and, more importantly, crucial if you want to impress your future employer.
Provide clear and concise examples of how you have proven your abilities in previous work situations, show interest and ask questions about the company and the position yourself.
Practice Your Conversation While Seeing Yourself on Camera
Practicing for an interview is basic advice any recruiter will give you, but getting used to the camera you’ll be working with will make a big difference on the day.
Be sure to prepare the answers to the questions you know will come and practice them out loud and on camera.
One of the trickiest elements of video calling programs is that you’re constantly looking at yourself. Practicing can help you get used to seeing your own face in the picture and keeping your focus on the camera.
Try recording yourself so you can review your answers and see what you need to work on.
Pay attention to your posture, twitches, overuse of certain stop words, and what you do with your hands.
Make use of cheat sheets
While a remote interview has some drawbacks, it can also have its benefits. The interviewer cannot see what is behind your laptop.