ZOOM Your Way Thru an On-line Job Interview
So you’ve landed a virtual interview via Zoom. Here are some helpful tips on how to be successful in your interview:
Get to know Zoom
First and foremost, it is important to familiarize yourself with Zoom by downloading the software onto your device. Although you can download the Zoom app on your smart phone, for a job interview it is wise to use a laptop or PC for better video quality. Once you have created an account, Zoom provides mock meetings where you can learn about how to either “host” a meeting or become an “attendee”. Typically when you are interviewing virtually for a job position, the employer will email you a Zoom link with an access code, and you are an attendee at their meeting. Additionally, it is very important to find out how to “mute” or “unmute” your microphone as well as how to share with video.
Practice makes perfect
Setting-up a practice Zoom meeting where you can check things like the lighting, background noise, your eye-line, and video quality are excellent ways to prepare prior to your interview. If you are brave, you can even record yourself and look at things such as, your tone of voice, your body language, or how much you fidget! When you are creating a first impression for an employer it is important to reflect that you are professional and prepared.
Dress for success
Although it may be tempting to attend your virtual interview in pajama pants, this is not advisable. Even though you are at home, it is a good idea to dress as if you were attending the interview in person. Attending your Zoom meeting dressed in business casual attire (which is usually the standard expectation for an interview) shows an employer that you are taking the interview seriously, and that you care.
Be curious and ask questions
Just like in an in-person interview, have a few questions prepared to ask your interviewers. Being curious about the company is an excellent way to connect and can make the conversation become less formal. Also, one of the benefits of a virtual interview is that you can prepare your questions on a sticky note and place it on the side of your screen. The note then stays at eye level and reminds you of your talking points.
Taking the time to go through these tips can help to alleviate some of the stress of virtual interviews, and can certainly help to set you apart from other applicants!