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07 January, 2021

#By Sudhendu Basu

Catetory: Job Search

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Take an ONLINE INTERVIEW

COVID-19 has changed life in many ways, including the way companies manage their recruitment processes. The job search process has been changed dramatically as a result. Whether you are looking for your first job or a change in position it may result in appearing for an online interview. The following tips will help you stay on the front foot in cracking your Online Interview

COVID-19 has changed life in many ways, including the way companies manage their recruitment processes. The job search process has been changed dramatically as a result. Whether you are looking for your first job or a change in position it may result in appearing for an online interview.  The following tips will help you stay on the front foot in cracking your Online Interview.

Online recruitment – the change

Online recruitment has never been so popular earlier. In-person interviews are considered challenging, but online interviews are no lesser of a challenge either. In an online interview you are giving your prospective employer a greater access to your personal life than ever before. The interview process will take place in an online meeting room, or platforms like Zoom or Meet. This will typically take place at your own house, which means you need to consider several things when you are trying to make a winning first impression.

1.    Test, Record and Replay

Nothing makes a bad impression like technology that does not work. As soon as you get to know about your interview, make sure you check your internet speed, that your headset works, and that your required account to join the meeting is fully functional. Make sure the username you are using is professional and that the profile attached to your account has a professional-looking headshot. Check the video platform they will be using, so you can get up to speed with it in advance.  

If you have a presentation to show, it is critical that you do a test run, preferably with someone watching it. One of the perks of an online meeting is that you can record the entire event. Take advantage of this! Do a trial run and record it to replay your presentation and see where you can improve.

2.    Look Professional

While it may not be a factor, appearance is important. Make sure you appear clean and professional. Be sure to dress in a professional outfit as you would for an in-person interview. Test out various spaces in your home to find optimal lighting. Natural lighting being the best, try to position yourself facing towards a window, but not too close or you may look illuminated. Ensure that there is nothing distracting in the background, or on your face. Again, test out various locations for videography, with a friend present in a meeting, and they will be able to give you feedback on what works for you. Be calm and remember to smile!

 3.    Eliminate distractions

Consider muting or disabling your phone until your interview is over. Make your family members know that you have an important meeting! If you are in a location where family members are required to work from home or there are young children at home, ask them for a little bit of quiet time.

4.    Engage with the interviewers

The nature of online interview is such that you must try harder to establish an engaging connection with those interviewers. While this is a challenge, it is not impossible. Try to enjoy yourself albeit in a professional way while giving your response and respond to the questions in an organised manner. Most of the interviewees make the mistake of looking at themselves in their computer screen while interviewing. It can give a distracted impression, as your eyes will be off to the side of their screen. Look straight into the camera attentively, as you would while speaking to an interviewer face-to-face.

5.    Be Relevant

This pandemic has impacted almost all the jobs. Consider how are you dealing with Covid-19 and whether this could be a positive talking point in your interview. If you have any additional skill, consider how you help solve your potential employer’s problems. Be comfortable and knowledgeable when it comes to Zoom. If you have ideas on how to serve clients or customers in a safer manner try to project that to your prospective employer. Update your resume, and LinkedIn profile to highlight the ways you are keeping a heads-up while the pandemic is impacting your industry.

These steps will keep you a few steps ahead of your competition.

Wish you all the best to crack your next interview.