Want to stand out in your online interview? Follow these top tips below to make sure your online interview runs without a hitch.
1) Test Your Tech
Don't wait till just before your interview to discover a problem. Set time aside the day before to check your connection, set-up your camera and test your sound and microphone. If you have time, test again the day of the interview, leaving yourself enough time for fixes, should there be an issue. Make sure you understand the meeting software you will be asked to use, so you can connect easily and on time. If you are unsure, ask members of your family or friends to help you conduct some trial runs.
2) It's All About Location
The ideal location for conducting your interview is a secluded room in which you can shut out noise and distractions. Ideally you need a generic and neutral background and lighting should be diffused so it is not too brass and doesn't create shadows. Create plenty of space around your desk for notes, a drink of water and anything else you might need during your interview. Utilise any space you have off camera to put up 'cheat sheets' or 'flash cards' to help prompt you throughout.
3) Schedule A Practise Interview
Schedule a mock interview into your preparation time, preferably a day or so before the real interview. Be sure to create near identical circumstances to help get the most from your practise. Asking a family member or friend with experience in hiring or knowledge of the sector you are interviewing for, will be more effective and you may receive vital feedback that could help you in your interview.
4) Preparation Is Key
Be it online or face-face, be sure to prepare well for your interview. Conduct the necessary research on the employer, prepare for questions about the role and how you fit the brief. It is also useful to set out responses to common interview questions and be sure to have questions ready to ask in response. Your outfit choice is also important so determine the best outfit for your interview, dependent on the type of job you are interviewing for.
5) Get in The Mood
You may have been cooped up in the house all day preparing for your interview, however it's important to boost your energy levels before the interview to ensure you don't come across lethargic or lacking enthusiasm. Stepping out in the fresh air for a short walk or taking a jog around the block will really help to put you in the right frame of mind.
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