In the current Covid-19 environment, recruiters and clients have rapidly ramped up online interviewing using a variety of software applications including Zoom, Skype and MS Teams.
Here are some tips on effective preparation to ensure you create a favourable impression in an online interview.
BACKGROUND & LIGHTING
Have a plain professional background; sit at a desk or table with no visible clutter. Lighting needs to be from the front to ensure a clear image of you.
Place yourself at the computer so your face and shoulders are centred in the screen. This can be achieved by sitting back, choosing a different chair, or adjusting the computer to the right height, possibly slightly higher than usual.
LOOK AT THE CAMERA
You need to look at the webcam, which will provide direct eye contact with the interviewer. If you focus on the image of your interviewer on the screen, you will appear to be looking slightly away from them.
Choose the highest speed internet connection to enable the best quality of video and voice. If possible, use a wired LAN internet connection rather than WiFi.
Do this with a friend; test the volume, the tone of your voice and make sure everything is working. If you find the image of yourself in the bottom corner distracting turn it off or cover it with something. Wear your interview clothes and ask for feedback.
ENGAGING WITH YOUR INTERVIEWER
Do this in the same way you would if you were meeting them in person, starting with a connecting conversation topic in place of a handshake. This may be indicating it is the first time you have been interviewed by online interview, or how online interview has made the interview process easier. Avoid Distractions.
Ensure you are not interrupted by others at your location, close the door and create a professional environment. Shut down other programmes on your computer, you don't want a beep every time you receive a new email.
Should any occur, acknowledge it, whether it is your end or theirs, and decide how to proceed. Have an alternative option such as a mobile phone to hand that will allow communication to get it resolved. Always have your computer plugged in so there are no battery issues.