From meetings to monthly catch ups, much of our working life has now moved online. So too have job interviews, thanks to the introduction of social distancing and virtual working, and the death of the formal handshake.
Much like nailing your CV and creating a kick ass cover letter, having your virtual job interview etiquette down is seriously important. What's the best way to impress through a video screen? Here, talent development and career consultant Latesha Byrd shares her best advice for nailing a Zoom job interview.
Do your research
Much like any normal job interview, you want to show a genuine interest in the role and company you're applying to. "Confidence is key when it comes to interviewing. You need to elaborate on the clear connections between your experience, skillset and value-add and the job you’re applying for." Also, try and make the conversation as formal as you can. "If you ask good questions throughout the interview, it will get the interviewer to engage more and turn it into a more natural conversation."
Pay attention to non-verbal cues
It's essential to show how engaged you are with your physical appearance, just as much as the words you're saying. "Does your body language and posture, facial expressions, tone, exude confidence?" Latesha says.
"Limiting all distractions such as phones and being in a quiet, secluded space so you can hone in and focus on the interviewer will show that you’re interested and prepared. You can also sShow off your strong attentive listening skills by giving non verbal cues, such as nods and smiles."
Set the scene
Yes it's time-consuming, but no one is going to want to employ you if you've got an unmade bed behind your shoulder. Latesha recommends making sure "the background isn’t too distracting or filled with clutter. Natural light helps too, so if you can stick in front of a window - that lighting will brighten up the look and feel. Having a nice background helps to set the vibe and energy of your space."
We're not saying you have to light a Jo Malone candle or invite Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen round for a bedroom overhaul, but rather keep things tidy, clean and fresh.
Test your tech
Everyone knows you should never be late for a job interview, and that still applies over video call. "Test your audio and video beforehand," the career coach advises. "Ask the interviewer for their number or email address just in case you lose connection- it happens and you want to make sure you get the tech issues out of the way.
"Being late to a Zoom interview is never a good look. And you don’t want to be that person that is troubleshooting when the interview is supposed to start and end up being 10 minutes late."
Wise words. Beyond that, good luck! No doubt you'll be brilliant.
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