Our Top Tips for acing your next Zoom* video interview.

Many of our clients are continuing to offer online interviews as well as the more traditional (prior to 2019) face to face meetings. This offers a great deal more flexibility and cuts down on both travel time and expenses, however, if you haven’t yet taken the plunge and experienced a virtual interview it can be daunting.

An interview in this format still requires you to be organised and prepared. Although, in the main, less formal, be sure to look through our checklist below to ensure you give yourself the best chance of success.

Here are our top tips for perfecting your Zoom interview technique:

  • Ensure you have a strong wifi connection – if you have any doubt about your connection, go somewhere where you can rely on it
  • Make sure you have the meeting  ID & Password to hand, and do a trial run to make sure you’re au fait with the logon process
  • Prepare fully and use a professional sounding user name. We’ve seen a lot of variations (MotorbikeMike was one of the more tame usernames we’ve encountered
  • Check your sound. A practice session with a friend will iron out any issues – the more practice you get the more confident you will feel when the time comes
  • Be sure to find a room where you will not be disturbed and let our family (or housemates) know not to disturb you
  • Check your camera angle if you can change it, and make sure it is not too close. No one wants to spend 20 minutes looking up your left nostril. Make sure the camera isn’t too close in order that the interviewer can see some body language
  • Be aware of your surroundings – clean, tidy and distraction-free is good. If, like one of my candidates, you do an hour-long interview sitting at a kitchen table covered in dirty pans and dishes you’ve probably blown it at the outset. It’s a good idea to take a quick selfie, so you can see what your interviewer will see behind you. You will often pick up things like a photo in the background which you may not want in shot
  • Dress for an interview – even your bottom half! You may have to stand up
  • Work to establish a rapport with the interviewer, make eye contact and use positive facial expressions
  • Remember to look into the camera for eye contact, and not at the screen

A virtual interview allows you the time and space to really think through how you want to come across without the need to rush about getting through traffic. Interviewers are often more relaxed and when you meet face to face later in the recruitment process you’ll find it less daunting, as a rapport will already be in place. Give yourself enough time and plan the call as if you were meeting in person.

If we can help you with any aspect of the interview process please contact info@first-base.co.uk

*One of many video conference solutions