There are many articles about interview how-to’s that have great advice on what questions are commonly asked, what you should wear, what attitude and behaviour you should have, to land that job you wish to get. Many of those interviews are usually, you going to an office and being interviewed, but as technology advances and more and more jobs are done online, recruiters are starting to interview online as well. This is a whole new way of interviewing, you need to show all your charm and skills on video. Most of the jobs recommended in royal holiday jobs, are opportunities you can find while traveling, however if you are planning to travel and want to have a job before hand you can apply for a job and have the interview online before even travelling. Here are some great tips to have in mind when you get that online interview invitation.
What to do before the interview day
- Prepare your hardware and software: Make sure you have a good laptop, tablet or desktop with all the programs you will need, usually most interviews are done via skype, hangout, or even facetime, so make sure you download them before hand. Your video and audio should be working perfectly. It’s essential to have a high quality internet connection. And have a plan b device with everything ready in case last minute troubles happen.
- Location, location, location: Making sure you plan for a good calm space, where you can concentrate and there isn’t too much noise around. But that’s not the only important thing, you will need for it to be organized and with good light so your video can be seen properly. The space seen on video by your interviewer will also cause a good or bad first impression, so plan the place where you want to be interviewed a few days before.
- Test all your tools with a trial interview: Try asking a close friend or family member to help you out with a tryout interview, test your location, audio, video and hardware. Send some commonly questions asked in an interview and ask your pretend interviewer to ask them, if you can record your answers and listen to them carefully, that will help you polish some answers for the real deal.
- Do the background check: For every interview, lots of recruiters recommend you do a background check on the company you are applying, get an idea of what are the products or services it sells, how the company was built, check for reviews, articles made on the company, anything that help you get a bigger picture of where you would be working. This can give you an idea of some questions you can ask as well, which is another great recommendation for interviews.
The day has come!
- Dress for success: Dress up like if you were going to a office interview, yes, even if it’s online and they will only be seeing a headshot of you. Dressing up for the part will help feel more confident, prepared and it will give a good first impression.
- Show up on time: Being late is a very bad impression, about 15 to 20 minutes before the interview time, have everything ready, video chat program open, do a quick checkup of the audio and video, make a quick call to a friend to make sure your connection is high quality. Punctuality is a virtue!
- Have your notes ready: In case you need them, have all your questions written down, have a copy of your resume so you have a clear reminder of your past experience. Have your notes on the research you did on the company’s background. All the information you might need to answer your questions properly.
- Remove all distractions: Just like in a personal interview, shut off your mobile phone, as well as any notifications on your device of choice that can interrupt the interview.
- Make it a conversation like interview: Speak fluently, think before you answer, take your time to listen and understand every question and answer like you were having a conversation, no one likes a robot style interview. Be yourself, that is who the interviewer really wants to meet. Be careful with the choice of your words, make it conversation but not an informal one like if you were talking with your friends, maintain a professional style, and have a great attitude to back up your words.
- Eye contact: Look right into the camera, this is the translation of eye contact when doing an online interview, looking distracted, like you were browsing or looking somewhere else, doesn’t give a good impression. Concentrate on the camera circle and speak directly to it.
Interview is over what now?
- Send a thank you note: Sending a short email thanking your interviewer for the opportunity and for having a good conversation, is a good way of reminding you are interested in the job, as well as being polite.
Follow up: Most hiring processes take some time, you need to be patient, there can also be more steps to get to the definite answer, so make sure to check your email regularly. Send a follow up email occasionally to show you are still interested in the job and you want some feedback on how the progress is doing.