Do you have an upcoming interview on Zoom? To excel in an online interview, here are some key tips to keep in mind:
- Test your technology: Prior to the interview, ensure that your internet connection is stable, your webcam and microphone are functioning properly, and the video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams) is installed and updated. Test these elements in advance to avoid any technical issues during the interview.
- Prepare your environment: Choose a quiet and well-lit space for the interview. Remove any potential distractions and ensure that the background is tidy and professional. Consider using a neutral virtual background if available or adjusting the physical background to be appropriate for the interview.
- Dress professionally: Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Choose professional attire that reflects the company culture and the role you are interviewing for. Dressing professionally will help you feel more confident and project a positive image to the interviewer.
- Practice video etiquette: Familiarize yourself with video etiquette to make a good impression. Maintain good eye contact by looking at the camera rather than the screen. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace. Avoid interrupting or talking over others. Actively listen and nod to show your engagement.
- Prepare your answers: Research common interview questions and prepare concise and well-thought-out answers. Practice delivering your responses while maintaining good eye contact with the camera. Consider using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your answers and provide specific examples.
- Use visual aids and notes: Take advantage of the online format by having relevant notes, your resume, and the job description in front of you. However, avoid reading from them directly and use them as reference points to support your responses. Visual aids, such as slides or a portfolio, can also be shared with the interviewer, if appropriate, to showcase your work.
- Engage with enthusiasm: Despite the virtual nature of the interview, bring your energy and enthusiasm to the conversation. Show genuine interest in the role and the company. Smile, maintain good posture, and project positivity through your body language and tone of voice.
- Be prepared for technical difficulties: Despite your best efforts, technical issues may still arise. Have a backup plan in case you experience problems with your internet connection or video conferencing software. Share your phone number with the interviewer so they can contact you if needed, or have an alternative communication method ready, such as a phone call or email.
- Follow up with a thank-you note: After the interview, send a thank-you email to express your appreciation for the opportunity. Reiterate your interest in the position and briefly mention key points from the interview. This shows your professionalism and reinforces your enthusiasm for the role.
By following these tips and practicing beforehand, you can excel in your online interview and increase your chances of success. Good luck!
Monica Peña is an enthusiastic entrepreneur with a proven method to help professionals stand out in their local community through a combination of offline and online efforts. As a certified Master Life Coach, she assists her clients remove barriers that limit their potential so they can excel in meeting their goals, discover their niche, and successfully pursue their life purpose. She is a certified Career Coach that works with professionals on improving their LinkedIn profile, interview skills, and negotiating a better compensation.