During the pandemic, 86% of companies began conducting job interviews via video conference out of necessity. Now, the trend of video conference interviews through platforms such as Zoom remains, with 82% of hiring managers using virtual interviews as part of the interview process. This might be partly due to more companies hiring remote workers, as well as the notion that video interviews are more efficient than initial phone interviews since they are six times faster, based on some accounts.
Regardless, it is highly likely that, as a job candidate, you will face at least one virtual or Zoom interview during the job search process. As such, brushing up on your skills with these Zoom interview tips is wise.
Come up with a list of behavioral and competency-based questions you might be asked during the interview, and develop answers that you can use during the interview.
The rule of thumb is always to have at least three follow-up questions to ask the interviewer to show your interest and gather more information. Choose questions you genuinely want to hear answers for to help create conversation and connect with the recruiter or hiring manager.
An important Zoom interview tip is to always have a clear understanding of the role and the company background before the interview. A recruiter can tell if candidates aren’t sure which position they are interviewing for or if they’ve done little legwork to understand the company and what it does. When possible, also research each interviewer you’ll be meeting with through the company website or LinkedIn profiles.
Send a thank you email to the interviewers within 24 hours of your interview. Even if you are not a top candidate, the gesture will be appreciated, and you could remain in their good graces for future roles.
Your attire matters, whether your interview is live or virtual. For Zoom interviews or in-person interview, dress according to the company’s dress code, and generally speaking, business casual is the best bet for casual work environments. Additionally, when it comes to virtual interviews, there are some considerations to ensure you look your best on video. Avoid loud and busy patterns that can be distracting in the video. Solid colors are typically best, but avoid colors that would make you blend in with the backdrop of your video. Clothes should be wrinkle-free and fit well, and hair and makeup should be neat and simple. Following this Zoom interview tip will help with making a positive first impression.
Once you receive the invite or information for the interview, do a test run on the interview platform to ensure you know how it works. You can problem-solve any issues, so you don’t have to deal with them on the day of the interview and risk running late.
Freezing up or lagging in interviews can be frustrating for both the interviewer and the interviewee. A Zoom interview tip is to check the requirements for the platform requirements for Zoom or the virtual platform being used to ensure you have the right internet speed for a seamless interview. Being hardwired through ethernet instead of using Wi-Fi also gives you higher internet speeds.
As we all have experienced, technology can be finicky. If you find that you’re in the midst of a storm that knocks out your internet or some other issue that is causing your internet to have problems, you want to have a plan B for your interview. Is there a local restaurant that has a quiet space and internet access? What about a friend or relative who lives within driving distance?
The place you hold your Zoom interview should be distraction-free and include no loud noises or sounds. Consider sound-canceling headphones if you don’t have access to a quiet area.
The background for your Zoom interview should also be distraction-free. It should appear clean, clutter-free, and professional, with a solid backdrop when possible. If you must, you can choose a virtual backdrop for your interview, though choose to test it out from another’s perspective to ensure you don’t look wonky or like you’re floating in the air with the virtual backdrop you choose.
If you’re in the market for your next job, Advantis Global might be able to help. Our recruiters help people like you land their next tech position with goals such as better pay and career advancement in mind. We can also help you prep for your interview and more.
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