The COVID19 pandemic has posed a unique challenge for candidates seeking full-time work opportunities. The social distancing norms must be followed, but how are job seekers supposed to land a job in such a situation?
The crisis requires remodeling the current recruiting format. This has led most companies to adopt the video conferencing format of screening and hiring candidates.
Here are a few essential things to keep in mind while preparing for a video conferencing interview:
Tech set up
The most important aspect to be taken care of is to find the best video conferencing software for the interview. It should be user-friendly and easy to navigate. Make sure you are familiar with the technology beforehand to avoid any last-minute issues.
It’s best to test all the equipment like the microphone and camera well in advance. Practice by making calls to friends a couple of days before the interview and if it’s not up to the mark, replace your equipment. Your internet connection too must be tested for stability to ensure a seamless experience.
Remove all distractions
It is crucial to find a spot where you will not be interrupted. It should be quiet with a good lighting source in front of you. The background should be free of distractions and clutter-free. It’s best to find a plain wall and angle the camera to avoid anything unnecessary to be visible behind you.
Follow interview etiquettes
Even though you are not physically in front of the interviewer, your body language visible through the screen can convey a lot about you. Sit up straight and maintain eye contact throughout the call. Bad postures or excessive / inappropriate hand gestures portray a non-sincere attitude.
Always wait for the interviewer to finish speaking before you put your point across. Looking elsewhere when answering questions or interrupting them is considered rude and it shows a lack of respect.
Interviewing from the comfort of your home can make you lazy about putting in the effort to look as presentable as you would if you were interviewing in person. But it’s important to remember that first impressions matter and dress professionally to stand out. It also adds to your confidence if you are dressed for the job. Make sure your clothes are well ironed and free of stains.
“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
Video conferencing interviews are very different from in-person interviews and hence can make you nervous. Focus on your plus points and give yourself a positive pep talk.
Rehearse the interview in your head and see yourself handling all types of questions well. Make a schedule and practice talking in front of the camera to make sure you are in control of your body language. If possible, conduct mock interviews with a friend or colleague.
Take turns as the interviewee first and then the interviewer, to learn about different perspectives and build your confidence in the process. And don’t stick to a single plan of action. Refer to multiple sources expounding on how to ace an online interview. This will instill confidence in you when facing the interview panel
Study and Practice well
Study up in advance and try answering the commonly asked questions out loud. This can make a whole world of difference in making you feel well-prepared on the day of the interview.
It is highly ignorant to avoid researching the company you are interviewing for as well as its services/products. Make sure to be up to date about this information and if you are aware of your interviewer, study about them as well. It can be very helpful to request someone from your field of study to conduct a mock video call interview so your preparation is intense.
If you have a video conferencing interview coming up, just follow the above-mentioned tips to ace it. At the end of the interview, remember to be courteous and thank the interviewer for their time. And if there were any unexpected interruptions in between, don’t forget to apologize.