Updated: Sep 8, 2022
As a graduate who recently entered the job market, I am always looking for ways to improve and better my “hireability”. How do I create the right impression and sell the best version of myself? This might feel even more challenging if you are asked to attend an online interview. So here are 5 simple tips to prepare for your next online interview.
We might take this for granted but make sure you know how to fully operate the platform you will be using for the interview – Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc. Make sure that your mic works too.
1. Choose the right environment & test the online platform before the interview
Make sure you have the interview in an area where you won’t be disturbed by others or any background noise. Sit in a well-lit area and try to keep your background neutral – you wouldn’t want to have anything awkward visible in your camera! This is why it’s a good idea to trial run the interview online with a friend or family member. Avoid customised virtual backgrounds as these can be distracting.
We might take this for granted but make sure you know how to fully operate the platform you will be using for the interview – Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. Make sure that your mic works too.
You have no idea if you will need to stand up during the interview, and you wouldn’t want to give your fluffy pyjama pants some airtime!
2. Dress for the occasion
Take care with your appearance on the day of the interview so that you look neat and well-presented. But really, the golden rule for dressing for your online interview is to PLEASE wear appropriate pants or bottoms. You have no idea if you will need to stand up during the interview, and you wouldn’t want to give your fluffy pajama pants some airtime!
3. Do your research
Research the company’s mission, values and founding history, and what sets the company apart from its competitors. This information can be valuable when you answer relevant questions about what you can contribute to the company. For example: “I know (Company Name) places a high value on excellence and deliverance. I believe with my skills in and experience in … that I embody the values previously mentioned”.
Secondly, understand the job role and requirements. This will help you better answer interviews questions and promote your strengths.
4. Be engaging & energetic
Actions such as hand gestures and smiling can boost your engagement with your interviewer. Look into the camera when speaking as this creates eye contact with the interviewer and portrays confidence.
5. Finally, don’t forget to thank your interviewer
Thank the interviewer for their time at the end of the interview. But also send a thank you email after the interview has taken place. A well-written email shows that you have put in an effort, and it can make you memorable. Also, make the email unique by mentioning one part of the conversation that was interesting for you.
Be yourself and relax! When entering the interview, know that you are the best prepared you can be and remember to breathe.
- Leigh Hendricks (DLK Intern)