The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Interviewing
There is no denying that 2020 was a year of change. The way we now live, and work looks completely different to what it did twelve months ago and as a result, the way in which companies now recruit has also changed. While online interviewing has become more frequent in recent years, it is now being used at the recruitment method of choice as we move into 2021, especially in the early stages of a recruitment process.
In this blog we will talk you through the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of online interviewing, to allow you to make the best first impression and secure that role!
Do put time aside to complete the online interview; just because you do not need to travel to the interview and meet someone face to face, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take it as seriously. Ensure that you have enough time to prepare for and complete the interview properly and don’t need to rush through it.
Don’t have any distractions; you will likely be participating in the video interview from the comfort of your own home. Where possible, schedule the interview at a time where you will be alone and shut yourself away in a room away from any distractions. Turn off the TV and radio, turn your phone and computer notifications off and focus on the task at hand.
Do think about how you present yourself; just because you are not visiting the company’s offices, doesn’t mean you should forget about presenting yourself professionally. Get ready as you would for a normal interview, research the company’s dress code and plan your outfit accordingly ensuring it is appropriate. Consider the environment that will be visible during your interview; make sure you are somewhere suitable and that it is tidy. Also ensure you are physically well; flu season is upon us and if you would consider yourself too unwell to attend an interview, ask to reschedule. Your interview would rather see you at your best!
Don’t relax too much; while it is important to be yourself and allow your personality to shine, remember you are still being interviewed. Usually your home is a place where you can unwind and relax, however for the duration of your interview ensure you are in a professional mindset. Be aware of your body language. Sit upright in front of the camera, be alert and don’t make any jokes or comments that you wouldn’t in a ‘normal’ interview.
Do be engaging and enthusiastic; for some there is something daunting about an online interview and it is very normal to let nerves take over. Without social queues and prompts, it can be difficult to get your personality across and that is without any potential tech issues such as the screen freezing or the sound lagging. Smile as much as possible and although it may feel weird, make eye contact with your camera to ensure the interviewer knows they have your full attention.
Don’t let technology stand in your way; there are some occasions where technology fails us – it has happened to everyone at some point and sometimes it cannot be avoided. However, do everything you can to ensure you won’t have any issues; check your camera and sound is working ahead of the interview, test your internet connection beforehand and make sure all your equipment is fully charged! If you are using our virtual interview platform, Ganymede Connect, you will be able to record a test to ensure you’re happy with the system and technology you’re using.
Do enjoy the process; it is easier said than done, I know! However, remember that you wouldn’t even be completing an online interview if your application wasn’t being seriously considered. The hiring manager or recruiter has clearly seen something in your CV they like the look of. Remember an interview is a two-way process, it is your opportunity to decide if the company is a good fit for you as much as it is for them. Ask questions, get to know the interviewer and embrace the opportunity!
Let’s face it, interviewing is something many of us find daunting. With the many changes online interviewing will bring to the table, it’s perfectly normal to have some nerves. However, don’t let this put you off applying to that perfect role. Ensure you are fully prepared by remembering our interview tips in this article and you’ll be certain to make a great first impression.