Hiring managers are now turning to virtual interviews as the way forward through the Coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, we have put together our best tips to ensure you successfully master the art of video and audio interviews.
1. Practice with a friend or family member - and record it
Zoom and Skype allow you to record video calls - making it a powerful tool for interview preparation. Answering common interview questions with a friend through video will help you improve your performance come game day. Recording the practice interview will help you iron out any potential issues:
2. Record your interview
It’s important to also record the actual interview. Analysing your performance will allow you to course-correct for the next interview. You will be able to see the interview from the hiring manager’s view and address any issues for future video interviews.
How to record:
3. Dress the part
Even if it’s just an audio interview always dress the part and not only from the waist up - ensure you are full professionally dressed. This will allow you to create a professional mind-set.
Sit up straight with your shoulders back. If it’s a phone interview – standing up will promote voice projection.
This is an opportunity to show the employer that you’re set up and ready to work from home. If you’re concerned about your background - Zoom have an option to create a virtual background. You can choose a nice professional backdrop to use. Learn how to set up a virtual background here.
The interviewer won’t see outside of the camera view so use this to your advantage. Attach post-it notes on your laptop screen with prompts or questions you want to ask the hiring manager.
7. Avoiding interruptions
8. Ask questions
Prepare questions you would like to ask the interviewer – it’s important to listen throughout the interview so you only ask questions on topics that weren’t already covered. Have a pen and paper near you to take down any queries you may have.
9. Say Cheese
For audio/phone interviews - SMILE! As the saying goes, smiles can be heard. This is a reminder to smile as you talk.
10. To finish
Thank the interviewer for taking the time and send a ‘thank you’ email later in the day.
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