Every day more employers are going online to interview their prospective employees; it’s not feasible to fly out every potential candidate for an interview in person. Online interviews save time and money, so if you haven’t had an on-screen interview yet, expect one in the near future.
First of all you should asses your equipment, this doesn’t need to be state of the art but the mic and camera should work efficiently and not against you. Generally, the company who has invited you to an interview will supply you with specifications which allow you to test your equipment beforehand and avoid technical difficulties.
Setting the scene
Now you have your equipment ready to go it’s time to think about the background and prepare yourself for the interview.
· Set up your equipment in a quiet room where you won’t be interrupted.
· Avoid all distractions and this goes for the interviewer too, you don’t want the focus to be taken off you.
· Position the camera so that it focuses on your head down to your shoulders and no more.
· Lastly, adjust the lighting to ensure there are no shadows or bright spots on you.
What should you wear?
Always dress like a professional from the waist upwards. In this case you really can wear your pyjamas to a job interview – so long as you don’t stand up! Ensure that you are well-groomed and your shirt is ironed.
Before the interview
Practice makes perfect, now that you have the above in order you should have a practice interview with a friend/family member who can give you feedback on how you came off or at the very least record yourself and watch it back. If you think you will have technical difficulties with your equipment, let the interviewer know.
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