How to Handle a Zoom Interview During Coronavirus

Matt Glodz
How to Handle a Zoom Interview During Coronavirus

Our Top 3 Virtual Interview Tips

Given how long we've been dealing with the COVID pandemic, Zoom interviews are now the norm, which is not only safer but also saves time for both candidates and companies.

If you're in the middle of your job search or were recently made redundant, remember to breathe, be patient and stay positive.

Although many companies have had to let go of employees, rest assured that recruitment hasn't stopped completely.

Many companies are still hiring.

As urgent as your job search situation may feel, you don't want to seem panicked during your interviews.

If you have never had a Zoom interview before, they can also be a bit stressful.

    We've all had an experience when technology failed us at the worst possible moment, so you want to minimise the chances of such a situation occurring during your interview.

    To help you feel prepared and more relaxed, follow these three tips.

    1) Treat your virtual interview like an in-person interview

    Even though the interview is virtual, you shouldn't treat it any differently than you would an in-person interview.

    Ignore the advice of how Zoom interviews are great because "you can wear shorts and flip flops and only have to dress up from the waist up."

    Skype Interview Appropriate Attire - What Not to Wear

    Plan on wearing what you would normally wear to an in-person interview with the same company.

    Dressing up will boost your confidence and help reduce nervousness.

    You don't want to have the "what if" question looming in the back of your mind!

    2) Look into the camera

    To appear confident and personable, you want to give off the impression that you are looking the interviewer in the eye.

    During Zoom interviews, you may find it intuitive to look at the interviewer on your screen.

    However, this approach will make it appear as if you are looking down, causing you to lose a prime opportunity to leave a stronger impression.

    Remember to look directly into the camera!

    To help direct your focus, cut out a photo of a friend or family member you feel comfortable around and tape it to the right of your camera. Instead of looking down at the interviewer, just look them in the eye!

    Skype Interview Best Practice

    3) Conduct a test run

    Though we primarily referred to Zoom throughout the article, virtual interviews can be conducted on a number of platforms including Skype, GoToMeeting, FaceTime or HireVue, to name a few.

    If your interview is being held on a platform you haven't used before, download it beforehand and make sure you understand its functionality.

    Even if you are familiar with a given platform, turn on your camera and conduct a test run.

    In particular, pay attention to the following:

    Make sure your lighting looks good on video

    Check to see if your lighting makes your face look bright.

    If needed, set up additional desk lamps.

    If you're planning to take your call in a room with lots of windows, test your lighting around the same time of day.

    You want to avoid bright lights coming from behind you, which can make your face appear dark.

    Sit in front of a clean, clutter-free background

    Make sure the background is free of any potential distractions.

    Ideally, you'll want to find a solid-coloured background.

    Skype Interview Appropriate Setting

    If you're not against a wall, make sure that the room visible in the shot is clean and clutter-free.

    Pay attention to your camera height

    Place your camera at eye level. You shouldn't have to look up or down to see it.

    Test your internet connection

    If you haven't used Zoom before or plan to take your call in a new location, test out the Wi-Fi to make sure the call doesn't break up.

    Test your audio

    Zoom has a feature that allows you to test your audio, so be sure to do so.

    You might also want to consider dialing into the call, if possible, to ensure your audio remains connected even if your internet connection cuts out or slows down. 

    In Summary

    Even if you are familiar with Zoom's functionality, it's worth investing time into preparing for your interview.

    We also recommend conducting a practice run with a friend or a career coach.

    By intentionally thinking through each element, you'll minimise the chances that something goes wrong and go into the interview feeling more confident.

    For additional interview preparation tips, see the following articles:

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    About the AuthorMatt Glodz

    Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

    After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked for global companies, where he noted that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

    At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.

    Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over 10 years.

    He has been quoted on numerous business and career-related topics in outlets including Business Insider, CNBC, Fortune, Glassdoor, The Ladders, The Times and Thrive Global.

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