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If you’re looking for new career opportunities during these times or are planning to do so in the near future, your next job interview will most likely take place online. The remote interview is not new, but during the corona crisis it changed from an additional option for some employers into a new reality.
So how do you create a great impression through a video call and at the same time avoid the pitfalls of technology and the inconveniences of quarantine?
You will have to get used to job interviews online, as they will be a part of everyday life, even when they are no longer limited during personal contacts. The pandemic is rapidly changing the situation on the labor market, as more and more employers are recognizing the advantages of teleworking and are also looking for staff reinforcements outside their home region or country.
In order to cash in on such changes and expand your circle of potential employers, it is therefore important to prepare for virtual job interviews.
In terms of content, a long-distance job interview does not differ significantly from a classic one, so it is subject to the same general guidelines. You must prepare properly for the interview and "examine" the employer, and at the same time make a list of questions that you will ask the HR manager. Of course, the presence of technology requires certain adjustments and some digital skills.Here are some:
1.Make sure your internet connection works in a timely manner. If this is often bad, you can, for example, use a smartphone and use it as an entry point to connect to the Internet.
2.Prepare the headphones and check their operation. Remember to test the microphone.
3.Make sure your laptop is charged and you always have a charging cable with you.
4.If necessary, download the application (Skype, etc.) through which the employer wants to conduct the interview, or create a user account in the required communication tool (Zoom, Google, etc.).
5.Is your existing Gmail or Skype username professional enough? If not, you’d better create a new one.
EDIT YOUR HOME “STUDIO”:
1.Whenever possible, the space in which you will conduct interviews should always be the same. When choosing it, pay attention to the following:
2.Choose the part of the apartment where there is a suitably strong Wi-Fi signal.
3The background should be as neutral as possible. Remove distractions or distractions from the camera's field of vision. For example, don't have a pile of dirty dishes or a mountain of clothes behind you.
4.Choose a quiet place where it doesn’t resonate too much and where you can be alone for extended periods of time. It is essential that you feel good in it.
ARE YOU FORCED TO USE A TABLET OR CELL PHONE?
1.Use the holder to keep the image from shaking.
2.Pay attention to the distance between you and your laptop (or tablet or smartphone). Place it far enough away so you don’t look too big in the picture, but also close enough so you don’t get too far away. There should be at least a little more empty space between your head and the top edge of the picture, and you should also capture your shoulders and upper body in the frame.
You know Murphy's rule: "What can go wrong will go wrong!" Even if your internet connection works flawlessly, it can be "caught" by family members, roommates or pets. How can you prevent problems from “throwing you off track”?
1.Communicate the date and time of the interview to the other members of the household in advance, ask them for insight and thus avoid conflicts. If you are conducting an interview in a common space, agree when you can only have it for yourself. Just in case, you can put the sign "DO NOT DISTURB, I HAVE AN INTERVIEW" on the door.
2.Small children and a small apartment? Especially at a time of action when it is desirable and responsible to stay at home, this can be a devastating combination. If at all possible, ask your partner to take the children for a walk or otherwise provide peace during your interview.
3.Are noise-causing works currently taking place in the vicinity of your home? Do you live along a road that is particularly congested at certain hours? Consider these factors when coordinating an interview appointment and avoid it.
4.If your pet likes to unknowingly engage in your online conversations, move him or her to another room for the duration of the interview.
5.Set the phone to silent and turn off notifications on the laptop so that they do not distract you.
6.Close any tabs in the browser that you don't need during the conversation.
DRESS AS YOU WERE VISITING YOUR EMPLOYER LIVE.
1.This way you will not only make a good first impression, but you will also feel more confident and more professional. It doesn't matter which parts of the clothes are visible on the camera and which are not.
2.Avoid vivid colors and colorful patterns. The most camera-friendly choices are slightly softer, neutral shades.
3.Do you choose a tie? Make it one color, and leave the one with the pattern in the drawer.
4.If you wear glasses, adjust your camera position as well as the lighting to prevent glare. However, you can also download them during the interview.
5.Elegant top, and the legs can be covered with a tracksuit or pajama bottoms - right? You prefer to wear elegant pants or a skirt. In case you need to get up from the computer for a moment during the conversation, you won't be embarrassed!
CAPTURE YOUR ENERGY IN THE FRAME!
Body language is also very important in video calling. Make an effort to radiate positive energy and optimism while making it clear that you want a job.
TRAIN AND HONE YOUR PERFORMANCE!
Especially if communication via video call is foreign to you, it is imperative that you eliminate nervousness and make friends with your webcam and microphone as soon as possible. Fortunately, like any other skill, the art of video calling can be honed with practice. So it's time for training!
WHEN YOU FINISHED YOUR INTERVIEW GET IT ANOTHER THANK YOU TO EMPLOYER!
Within 24 hours of the remote interview, send an thank you to the employer for their time and opportunity. Briefly repeat why you want the advertised job so badly. You can also add some detail from the interview to make a personal touch.