15 TIPS TO CRACK THAT IMPORTANT ONLINE INTERVIEW

The worldwide pandemic has pushed employers to move towards virtual hiring which can be tricky for some people. Do interviews make you flip? Especially the online ones? If you’re feeling a bit clueless about how to prepare for them, here’s a blog that you will love to read!

15 THINGS YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT IN AN ONLINE INTERVIEW:

  1. THE TECH SETUP:

Do a mock rehearsal with your computer to test all the audio and video arrangements. Ensure that the software compatibility is fine and that there is no remote possibility of a last-minute glitch with the internet settings.

  1. LIGHTING:

Make sure you are seated in bright natural light or a well-lit space where you and your interviewer can see each other. Dark spaces are strictly prohibited for online interviews as it looks very unprofessional.

  1. BACKGROUND:

  Your surroundings should be conducive for your interview.  There should be no background sounds or visuals that are distracting. You can probably sit in your library or workspace in your home for a better experience. Preferably choose a white and neat background for a professional setting.

  1. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS:

Ensure you are in an isolated space and cut out all possibilities of interruptions from family members or anything else during the interview.

  1. PUNCTUALITY:

Be very punctual about your presence. Log in on time for that interview, ideally 10 minutes before to communicate your seriousness for the purpose.

  1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS:

Dress up and groom yourself well for the job you want. You can communicate a lot with clothes including your seriousness and attention to detail. Let your prospective employers sense respect from your side for them and the position they are offering you. Have a neat, crisp look and choose colours that relate to the industry you are vying for.

  1. CALM YOURSELF DOWN

Visualize yourself as absolutely calm, jovial, and confident during the interview. This is a trick that never fails. Envision yourself to success. Another way of being stoic is to practice deep breathing a few days before the interview.

  1. EYE -CONTACT:

Eye contact is a sign of courage and confidence, both very important for a future employee. Look at your interviewer in the eye to communicate that you are very sure of yourself.

  1. LISTENING SKILLS:

Be an active listener. Try to understand and decipher your employer carefully before you interrupt him/her to make your point. Active listening is all about understanding the opposite person well.

  1. BODY LANGUAGE:

Keep your body language natural, open and powerful, and remember to sit straight as this is going to help you answer with positive force. Posture matters more than you think!

  1. PREPARE ADEQUATELY:

It’s good to go in with total preparation for the interview, but don’t psych yourself up for the same. Make sure you leave room for spontaneity in the interview and some great on-the-spot answers.

  1. BE AUTHENTIC

Authenticity is always appreciated and keep in mind that putting up a fake front will never work, as people can see through.  Dress and talk like yourself and be honest about the things you are unaware of.  Genuine behavior is highly valued in today’s world.

  1. CONNECT:

Try to connect with the recruiter on a common note. Your soft skills and your ability to strike a conversation hold tremendous value in an interview, regardless of the industry.

  1. COME UP WITH YOUR QUERIES:

Prepare your questions thoroughly beforehand for the employer. Read the company website and find things that make you curious. Let your interest and passion shine through the interview.

  1. GENTLY FOLLOW -UP:

Thank the company for the opportunity they offered and communicate your positive experience to them at the end of the interview. Make sure you show your interest in the job by following up a few days later, as this will display your keenness and motivation clearly to the prospective employer.

SOME MISTAKES TO AVOID:

  1. A CLUTTERED ROOM:

Having cluttered surroundings visible in your online interview is a big no-no. It indicates a clumsy attitude. So, declutter and organize your room before you log in.

  1. LOOKING AT YOURSELF INSTEAD OF THE INTERVIEWER:

Don’t be too conscious of your image in the camera while talking, this can be quite a put-off for the opposite person.

  1. NOT SMILING?

Remember to smile and give off a positive presence as soon as the interview starts. It is a sign of self-confidence.

  1. UNREHEARSED?

Undergoing an interview without practice can lead to mistakes. Practice your posture, voice modulation, and answers till you are satisfied, and then relax.

  1. TALKING TOO FAST:

Your rate of speech signals your poise and composure, so speak slowly and clearly. Speaking too fast is a sign of being jittery, which is not very desirable for an interview. Your interviewer should get a clear idea of what you are trying to communicate.

  1. SITTING TOO FAR OR TOO CLOSE TO THE COMPUTER:

You must sit at the right distance from the computer so that you can form a better connection virtually with your interviewer.

  1. HAVING A DEAD-PAN LOOK:

Try to engage with your interviewer by your facial expressions and body language. You can nod or use hand gestures to communicate agreement at various stages. Your demeanour will be watched for your interest and enthusiasm levels. Hence, make the most of your energy levels in the interview.

A FEW LAST WORDS FROM US:

To get an opportunity in this pandemic is difficult and rare, so it doesn’t hurt to practice and prepare and give your 100% against all the odds.

Going through an online interview can be an exciting affair if you don’t stress too much. It’s a great chance to level up your skills and areas of improvement, to exhibit your best self for the desired job. The next time you get nervous, refer to this blog and ensure you make the best of the opportunity you get, in a virtual hiring setup!