Expert reveals the top tips to mastering a Zoom job interview – including doing a tech test, sitting in front of the light and not worrying about eye contact with the camera
- Femail spoke to Kevin Parker, CEO HireVue, global video interviewing platform
- He shared his top tips with FEMAIL on mastering your video interview
- Suggested testing out the tech, doing a trial run, choosing the best location and sitting facing the light
An expert in video interviewing has revealed how to make the best impression on your prospective employer if you bag a remote job interview during lockdown.
While many companies are furloughing staff and freezing recruitment, it appears there is still an appetite to fill positions in an array of online industries.
Speaking to FEMAIL, consultant Jonathan Trillwood of top technology recruitment firm Client Server, said: ‘Surprisingly, the majority of my candidates feel more confident going into a virtual job interview, perhaps because they’re in the comfort of their own surroundings.
‘It has also been easier to book in interviews with clients, as there isn’t the added time pressure of schedules and travel. I have found the offer rates among my video interviews has stayed the same as when they were meeting employers in person’.
Kevin Parker, CEO of HireVue, a leading global video interviewing platform which has facilitated nearly 15 million video interviews worldwide shared his top tips with FEMAIL on mastering your interview – including testing out the tech, doing a trial run, choosing the best location and sitting facing the light.
Kevin Parker, CEO of HireVue, a leading global video interviewing platform which has facilitated nearly 15 million video interviews worldwide shared his top tips with FEMAIL on mastering your interview – including testing out the tech, doing a trial run, choosing the best location and sitting facing the light. (stock image)
1. Choose your location
Location is important. In our new work-from-home world, it’s important to find a quiet location, where you can devote the time needed to complete the interview without interruptions.
2. Check your lighting
You want to make sure your lighting is in front of you since light from behind isn’t flattering. Try to ensure your face is clearly visible and if you’re sitting in front of a window during the daytime, close the blinds to prevent heavy backlighting.
3. Do a tech test
Virtual interviews can be done on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone – as long as it has a front-facing camera and audio capabilities. That said, it’s always a good idea to test your gear before starting the process.
While many companies are furloughing staff and freezing recruitment, it appears there is still an appetite to fill positions in an array of online industries (stock image used)
While virtual interviewing isn’t difficult, a little practice can help you prepare. Most on-demand interviews ask you to give your answer in just a few minutes, so it’s helpful to think about how you will illustrate your skills clearly in that timeframe. You’ll likely be offered practice questions prior to
starting the official interview, so take advantage of them.
5. Bring notes
Like any job interview, upfront research about the job and company is always a good idea. Spend some time thinking about how your skills align with the job requirements, and if it’s helpful, take notes to use during the interview.
While a video interview might be a new experience for many, there are lots of similarities to a traditional interview setting. Preparing for the interview in many of the same ways you would in a traditional interview, and ensuring that you are comfortable and ready to go will help you keep your cool.
7. Don’t panic if you have a technical hiccup
While you should be able to iron these out by testing your equipment, occasionally you’ll still run into a technical issue, like background noise or another distraction. Instead of beating yourself up, try not to let it affect the interview. Just apologise for the interruption and continue with the question asked.
8. Don’t worry about eye contact with the camera
Be yourself. Just like an in-person or phone interview, this is your chance to shine and share what you offer. Relax, have fun, and let your skills and personality do the talking! Most importantly, be authentic. And don’t worry about making eye contact with the camera. Just speak and focus in the way that makes you comfortable.