How to ace your digital interview
COVID-19 has resulted in many companies freezing their recruitment. But there are also many companies working as usual and require new team members to help them meet demand. Companies are choosing to interview candidates digitally over apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype to name a few. This is uncharted territory for lots of interviewers and interviewees alike, so here are our tips to help you ace your digital interview!
- Get the camera angle right.
No one wants to be looking up your nose for the whole interview! We recommend using a computer or laptop instead of a phone for interviews so you can be handsfree. Ideally, your eyes should be at the same level as the top of your screen (where most people’s cameras are). If possible, have natural light behind the camera so your interviewers can see your face.
- Avoid awkward disruption…
Unless you live alone or have a lock on the door, chances are someone will walk into your interview by accident and cause an awkward disruption. We all remember when Professor Robert Kelly (pictured below) was live on BBC news and was suddenly joined by his children who stole the show! Try putting a sign on the door to remind people not to walk in. We also recommend putting your phone on silent too!
- Make sure you have a good internet connection
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Bad internet connection = crackly video and audio and the interviewers may not be able to hear you properly.
- Dress to impress
We don’t know about you but getting dressed after 7 weeks on working from home has been a struggle (we promise we haven’t been in our pyjamas this whole time…honest). These may be unprecedented times, but an interview is still an interview. Dress for the occasion, just like if you were going to their office for a formal interview. If going the whole hog is just too much for you, remember they can only see half of you. Take inspiration from these celebrities who have been fooling everyone with their working from home dress code…
- Body language
We could write a whole article about body language over video call… Luckily, Zoom already have and well before COVID-19!
- Uncross your arms as this can suggest you are resistant to what the interviewer is saying.
- Keep good eye contact so the interviewer knows you are paying attention and not more interested in what’s going on behind the camera.
- Smile! Smiling directly influences how other people respond to you. You smile at them and they smile back which triggers positive feelings about you.
- Have a practice!
Set yourself up with plenty of time before the interview, maybe practice the day before so you know you have the right software and equipment needed. Set yourself up with an account for whichever platform the interviewer has sent you details for so you aren't scrambling 2 minutes before your interview is due to start.
- Be yourself!
This couldn’t be an interview tips blog without this cliché, but it’s true! They might be interviewing 10 other people so it’s important to show them who you are and why they should hire you.
If you're successful in your interview, why not check out our blog on how boss your first day at work!