January 30, 2023 |
Job interviews are no longer limited to traditional in-person interviews or phone interviews. With modern technology, interviews over online video chat platforms like Zoom and Skype are becoming increasingly popular.
A video interview allows you to have face-to-face interviews from the comfort of your home. It also allows employers to better understand who you are, how you communicate, and how well you respond under pressure.
Although it may feel like a more casual setting, you should treat an online interview with the same importance as an in-person job interview. With that in mind, the following is an in-depth guide to help you ace your online video interview and impress your potential employer.
You should treat your online job interview in the same way you would treat an in-person interview. As such, you should prepare for your interview beforehand. The following are a few tips to help ensure that you’re ready for your video interview:
Preparing for the interview is half the battle, but don’t forget about what you need to do (or not do) during the call itself. Here are some tips on how to make sure your online video interview goes as smoothly as possible:
When speaking over a video chat app, you should be as positive as possible. By being upbeat, you’ll appear more confident and enthusiastic. As a result, you’ll appear more engaged, which will help engage the interviewer as well. Before the interview starts, take a few deep breaths to calm your nerves and practice speaking in an upbeat, professional tone.
When speaking over video, don’t forget to smile. Smiling will make you look more relaxed and confident on camera. Additionally, a positive facial expression will make the interviewer feel more comfortable and confident in your ability to perform the job.
So, remember to smile when you’re talking – and also when you’re listening (unless it’s not appropriate to what the interviewer is saying, of course).
Follow the interviewer’s lead and answer their questions thoughtfully. If you are asked a question and don’t understand it, it is OK to politely ask the interviewer to clarify. Whatever you do, don’t try to lead the conversation yourself.
For instance, don’t start talking about what you want to talk about without being prompted. By letting the interviewer take the lead, it will show humility and respect.
When the interviewer initiates small talk, don’t be afraid to participate. Small talk is a great way to connect on a personal level with the interviewer. This is especially true if you have something in common with the interviewer – for example, if you went to the same college or follow the same sports team.
Small talk can also alleviate some of your nervousness and show the interviewer that you are comfortable engaging in conversation.
Respect the interviewer and wait for them to finish the question before you start answering. If necessary, take a few seconds to collect your thoughts before responding. Do not interrupt the interviewer, as this will come across as rude and unprofessional.
Additionally, it’s essential to pay attention to the interviewer and not get distracted by other things. Try your best to remain focused on the conversation, and don’t let your mind wander.
It can be tempting to multitask while online, but resist the urge. You might think that you can get away with multitasking (such as checking your email or browsing the internet), but chances are the interviewer will notice, which will affect their impression of you. It will be more obvious than you may realize that you are not paying attention.
Even if they can’t tell that you’re multitasking, they will be able to tell that you’re not entirely engaged in the conversation. Instead, focus on the interview and save all other distractions for later.
It’s important to remember that you’re still in an interview., so avoid eating or drinking during the call as it will make you appear unprofessional. Not only is it rude, but it will seem like you’re not taking the interview seriously if you can’t wait until after the interview to eat or drink.
Of course, taking a sip of water to help clear your throat is acceptable. Just be sure to do so as quickly and discreetly as possible, and excuse yourself if necessary. A solution is to eat a nutritious meal before your interview so you are not hungry and can 100% focus on the interviewer.
When speaking, it’s important to enunciate clearly. This will make it easier for the interviewer to understand you and help them assess your communication skills. Make sure to speak clearly and avoid mumbling or talking too fast. Avoiding slang words, acronyms, and filler words like “um” or “like” is also a good idea, as this can make you appear unprofessional.
When the interviewer is speaking, be an active listener. This means that you should pay attention to what they are saying and make sure you understand before responding.
For example, if the interviewer is speaking too quickly or you don’t quite understand something, politely ask them to repeat themselves or clarify what they mean. Listening actively shows the interviewer that you are engaged in the conversation and paying close attention to what they are saying, not just waiting for your turn to speak.
An integral part of a successful online video interview is exuding confidence. Remember to maintain good posture during the call, make eye contact with the interviewer (if they have their camera on), and speak clearly and confidently. This will help make a good impression on the interviewer and demonstrate your ability to handle pressure.
In addition, showing confidence in your interview will give the interviewer the idea that you are capable and qualified for the job.
At the end of your video interview, thank the interviewer for their time. Express your appreciation and let them know that you are interested in the position and would be grateful for an opportunity to work with them. A polite goodbye will leave a good impression on the interviewer and show that you are professional and courteous.
Besides thanking the interviewer over video chat, follow up with a thank you email. Doing so will show that you are still interested in the job and appreciate their time. In addition, because they are likely conducting many different interviews, a thank you email can keep you at the top of their mind.
Just be sure to wait at least a day before sending a thank you email, so you don’t appear overly eager. However, don’t wait too long, or they may have trouble remembering who you are.
After sending the thank you email, don’t be discouraged if you do not immediately hear back from the interviewer. The hiring process can take a while, depending on how many other candidates there are. However, if you don’t hear from them after a few weeks, it is perfectly acceptable to follow up with a polite email.
In the follow-up email, remind them of your interest in the position and ask if they would like additional information or materials. Doing so will demonstrate your initiative and show them that you are still interested in the job. Additionally, it can help keep your name at the top of their mind as they continue to search for the right candidate.
Online video interviews have become more and more common in this day and age. They can be a lot more convenient for both job candidates and interviewers.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take them just as seriously as an in-person interview. If you want to ace your online interview, prepare properly and keep these 13 tips in mind. Be sure to check out our additional tips on how to ace an interview and make a good impression as well.