Ever since the advent of remote working online meetings and interviews have become ever more prevalent.
Given that the past two years have increased the use of Zoom, let’s go through some tips to ace that online interview you’ve been dreading.
Find a Quiet Place
You might think it goes without saying, but please, please find a quiet and organised room to have your interview.
Your potential employer will, as unfair as it may be, judge you on your every move. This means that if the interviewer thinks your end is too noisy, they will likely think you took little time planning the interview, as is evident if your desk looks like a train wreck.
Look Above the Camera
This applies to those who have a hard time looking into the virtual eyes of your interviewer.
It’s weird looking into a webcam or lens thinking you’re looking at someone, so it’s sometimes best to place an object of reference just above the lens to focus your attention.
Ideally, it would be nice to have an actual person just above your webcam, like one of your siblings instead of staring at a random object, but it’s not always feasible.
Test Before Use
In this day and age of having advanced technology at our fingertips, it’s never too soon to get used to your chosen program.
There are countless stories of people, including myself, who, after assuming Zoom won’t glitch or windows updates won't interfere, miss an interview after glitches and updates do exactly that.
Always be familiar with the technology, especially for those who haven’t used Zoom before.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
This may be a hot take, but I recommend you wear what's comfortable as opposed to what you think looks 'professional’. So long as you treat the interview with professionalism and integrity, you definitely can pull off the smart-casual look.
That's not to say I suggest you wear nothing below your waist (please wear trousers for god’s sake), but given that you're at home, you'll be much more confident wearing, for example, your favourite coloured shirt.
As just mentioned, it's just a fact of life that there will be glitches and connection issues.
To give yourself the best opportunity of being heard and understood, slow down so that you can better enunciate your words. Read here for more info about articulation excersies.
So there we have it, 5 Zoom interview tips you can now use to ace that interview. Good luck!