With social distancing still in place and telecommuting encouraged, many companies who are hiring have moved to online video calls for interviews.
Zoom interviews have gotten very common and many of us had our first experience having an interview online over the past few months. Although Zoom interviews are very much the same as a face-to-face one, there are certain things you need to take note of to avoid any embarrassment (remember that meme of the boss on Zoom with a potato filter?) and get that job you always wanted.
(Read also: The Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing)
1. Make sure that there are no distractions
Dog barking, children running around, or someone cutting the grass outside your home can cause a lot of distractions and interrupt your interview. Even small things like notifications on your mobile or your computer may distract you and cause you to lose focus, or miss an important question.
Try to set up your Zoom, be it on the computer or your mobile, at a distraction-free zone at home. We understand that accidents may happen sometimes, but try to keep your children occupied with activities and if they are old enough, give them specific instructions not to walk in on your interview.
2. Take special note of your background
A neutral and professional-looking background is your best bet. Avoid letting your employer-to-be see any of the clutter in your house, which may reflect poorly on you.
3. Good lighting makes a difference
Natural light is the most flattering, but if you can’t be by the window, at least make sure that you have sufficient light in the room with no harsh shadows on your face.
4. Familiarise yourself with the platform
The last thing you want is to have your potential employer see you as being unprepared for the interview. Download Zoom in advance and play with its different functions and settings so that you won’t be wasting your interviewer’s fumbling with the controls.
5. Wear a headphone
There can be a lot of echoes when you are indoors and you should always put on headphones for the best audio. We don’t want a situation whereby you have to keep asking your interviewer to repeat his or her questions or miss any important details regarding the job scope.
6. Be punctual
Do not be too early, in case your interviewer is using the same room to interview another candidate and your entrance to the meeting can interrupt them. A general rule of the thumb is to be 10 minutes early to a face-to-face interview. But when it comes to a Zoom interview, try to enter the room just 2 to 3 minutes before the set timing.
7. Check your profile name
I’ve personally encountered many cases when interviewees used their children’s Zoom accounts to log in for Zoom interviews. Children being children, they have adorable profile names for their Zoom accounts, but you really don’t want “Optimus Prime” or “Sweetiepie2288” to appear as your profile name during a professional meeting.
8. Be appropriately dressed
Dress like how you would for a face-to-face interview to a Zoom interview. You should appear as professional as you can. Of course, if you are applying for a creative position, you may have a little more freedom in your dressing. However, that should come only after you got your job, and not during the interview itself.
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