These days, many companies have begun conducting interviews via online meetings rather than inviting candidates to travel to their offices in person. This saves time and money on both sides—allowing potential employees to remain at home (and not take time off from their current jobs) and saving employers from paying for trips with candidates who end up not being a good fit.
By recording a mock interview, you can make necessary adjustments before it’s too late.
Here are some tips you can practice before your live interview via a web conference:
1. Web interview eye contact
Just like in real life, eye contact is important on a web interview. So while it may be tempting to check yourself out on the screen every few seconds (Is my head tilting to the side? Is there something in my teeth? Does my smile look genuine?).
Make sure to keep your focus directed toward the camera.
2. Interview first impressions count – Mind your background
When you are interviewing for a job, the last thing you want your would-be boss to see is the pile of dirty dishes by your sink.
And if you leave your house, make sure you are someplace quiet where there aren’t a lot of distractions (a busy coffee shop down the street is probably not the best place to go).
3. Body language counts on the internet too
No matter which side of the interview fence you’re on, visual cues are extremely important. Be mindful of posture, keep track of what you do with your hands, smile when appropriate and remain focused.
You may just be eyeing a spider that’s about to jump onto your head, but if you’re constantly glancing down or to the side the interviewer may assume you’re looking at your watch (i.e., you’re bored) or at notes (you lack the ability to think on your feet).
4. Show genuine interest in the interview
Just because you aren’t in the same room with your interviewers, doesn’t mean they can’t tell when you lose concentration and interest. When this happens, it is a death nell for an online interview to give the impression that you aren’t taking it seriously.
In addition to maintaining eye contact and not peeking at your watch, advertise your interest by asking follow up questions, paying attention and sounding energetic.
5. Adjust the audio for online ediquite
When playing back your mock interview, take note of things such as voice, tone, volume, long pauses, and hesitation sounds such as “umm” and “well.” Mistakes in these areas will certainly not help—and will more than likely hurt—the way you’re perceived on the other end.
Want to know more about how to interview online? Check out the InterCall guide: How to Conduct an Online Interview