Online job interview: how to manage it better
When the job interview is virtual. With the coronavirus pandemic that not only changes the way we work but also forces us to reflect on the value of our occupation, the global labor market is ready for a real reorganization. That during the lockdown you noticed your leadership potential, that you want to make that important change that you have always thought about or that you are looking for new opportunities after losing your job, an interview on Zoom could be the next step to obtain a new job.
Here are 11 tips for an effective Zoom job interview.
1. Eliminate background noise as much as possible.
Although when it comes to mastering Zoom we focus mostly on the right light (which we’ll talk about shortly), the most important factor for an interview from home on Zoom is the sound quality. It is what you have to say that matters (rather than appearing without imperfections) and communicating your ideas, your talent, and your personality clearly and clearly to those who should select you is fundamental. If you are unable to match the conversation with your family members or your noisy neighbors for a day out to train, attach a polite sign to the door, close the slots with a towel and put your earphones on.
2. Choose a sober background
Even if social media are increasingly obsessed with Zoom’s studied backgrounds, it is not recommended that your interlocutor be distracted by a wall of animal photographs or by a wallpaper that makes your eyes widen. A plain wall can be ideal. On the other hand, it is not advisable to show a probable employer a part of your home that generally only sees your close friends, such as the bedroom.
3. Objective: eye contact with the recruiter
Taking part in an aperitif via Zoom with the laptop resting on the table is one thing, but sitting on the sofa during a virtual job interview could force you to take a disorganized position to be framed or to make you feel. The goal is to maintain eye contact with the interlocutor throughout the (vital) interview and avoid arranging the shots during the call, which means that it is better to sit at a desk or kitchen table. Open the Zoom camera and test the height a few hours before the interview or the previous day. Note: Photography books and cereal boxes are perfect laptop stands.
4. “Touch up my appearance”
On this, we refer to the president of the CFDA, Tom Ford. “Take a tall lamp and place it next to the computer from what you think is your best side,” the designer told the New York Times this month. “The lamp should be in line with the computer but slightly backward so that the light falls well on your face.” The same goes for natural light sources. It is also no secret that Zoom has a soft facial filter with a soft-focus effect that you can activate; just go to Settings on Touch Up my appearance.
5. Make a test Zoom call to test the sound, background and connection
Okay, you’ve decided on the background and arranged the lights. Now organize a call on Zoom with a friend or family member to check the sound quality and the tightness of the wi-fi, and ask them to send you a screenshot.
6. Turn off all notifications
Unless you need to exchange documents or files with your partner during the video call, close all applications where you may receive messages. If you need to keep some of them open, mute the sound. The same goes for the smartphone; put it on the silent and hide it behind the computer screen for the duration of the interview to avoid distractions (this is not the time to get caught reading a meme).
7. Keep track of time
Due to the static shot, your virtual job interview is likely to be shorter than a face-to-face interview. Ask the person who has fixed it to you to indicate its approximate duration in time and, with the phone out of sight (see point 6 above), put a watch where you can comfortably see it to help you keep track of time during the video call. You must be able to be exhaustive in the time allotted to you.
8. Have a digital copy of your resume ready
Probably the most obvious advice, but in case the person with whom you are interviewing needs a quick reminder of your skills and experience, it helps to have an updated and clearly marked copy saved on the desktop for quick access.
9. Use notes if you need them
One of the biggest advantages of Zoom job interviews is that you can have what your partner sees under control. If you are afraid of forgetting to mention a point that you believe could get you the role, stick some (and we mean only a few) easy-to-read post-its to the edge of the screen.
10. Be the cured version of how you are every day
With the stress free mind of finding an appropriate total look for an interview, you just have to think about what you will see on the screen. That is, the upper part – unpaired socks and sheepskin slippers you can keep them. Whether you feel more presentable with a well-ironed white shirt, confident with a bright color or that you prefer a simple black shirt, be the most cured version of yourself (and the night before, use those 15 minutes while ironing to do some preparatory breathing exercise).
11. Take a deep breath
The advice applies especially to those who are very emotional: download the Calm or Headspace app and allow yourself 15 minutes, slow your breath and calm your mind – both the evening before and an hour before the interview. The previous hour is also the last chance to ‘listen’ to your body; make sure you are not hungry and prepare a glass of water to keep near the computer (but away from your elbows). And most importantly: remember that your potential is truly unlimited and, above all, that you can do it. Good luck.