Most people are used to the typical interviews, but thanks to tech and the availability of web platforms like Skype, nowadays, you can hold interviews from anywhere in the world, which is a huge benefit for international organizations. On the fundamental level, online interviews do not differ from conventional interviews, but they have some intricacies to keep in mind. So, how do you ensure you do your best in an online interview? Here are some useful tips from Atkins Global:
Check Your Tech
It goes without saying that you need to ensure your form of communication is top-notch, but it’s worth stressing as it can make or break your interview. Since you will be going to an interview through a video conferencing program, you need to get to grips with it ahead of time and avoid unnecessary stress on the big day. Here are a few tips to get started:
1. Practice with your friends or loved ones
Is the internet fast enough to communicate properly? Can you hear each other properly without lag? Do not forget the audio. The video quality should be clear and consistent, but you need to be able to hear the questions properly.
2. Ask if you are uncertain
Once you have tried your practice run and are still not clear about the app, number or link you are supposed to use, do not hesitate to ask the organization for clarification. It is better to ask ahead of time than struggle on the big day, when you are supposed to have a clear mind for the best chances of passing the interview.
3. Be wary of costs
Keep in mind that some video conferencing apps or platforms have options to dial in by phone or through the application. Sometimes, there are both free and chargeable numbers. So ensure you are dialing a free number so that you do not end up with a bill.
4. Agree on a plan B
It is also a good idea to have an alternative with the interviewers in case the chosen platform fails during the big day. For instance, you can agree for them to contact you on your phone if they are not able to reach you on the chosen application.
Note Down the Details
Next, you will want to think about how to present yourself, just like a conventional interview, but on screen this time. Consider what should be in the background, ensure that the lighting is ideal and that the space is quiet enough. Also, you’ll want to consider what you are going to wear.
It is not about having a perfectly curated space, as this isn’t always possible. It is more about knowing how your background looks will play a role in creating an impression for the interviewer. So, consider putting those pictures away and have a clear background as possible.
If you live with a loud child or pet, keep in mind that the interviewers might hear the background noise and explain this to the interviewers at the beginning of the call. They are also people and are likely to understand your situation. If you want to be in the best state of mind, however, have a friend take care of the child or pet for an hour or two.
Prepare Your Paperwork
Ensure you have your CV and any other relevant documents up on your PC or laptop ready so that you can easily screen share what’s needed or re-attach any documents for reference when the interview is over. Also, consider printing out the documents so that you can quickly refer to them during the call.
Also, it is wise to check in advance if the interviewer is happy for you to bring notes along. For most of them, you are allowed to refer to them in order to jog your memory when it comes to key examples of the projects you have been involved in or the skills you have demonstrated. If they agree, do not forget to have the notes on hand as it makes the interview easier, especially if you have not been used to this form of interviewing.
You are Not Alone
Online interviews might be a relatively new concept for many, and the same applies to interviewers. Chances are the people on the other side are worrying about technical issues or if someone will interrupt the session.
So, keep all this in mind and you’ll have a smooth ride.