The interview process is an important stage for both the company and the candidate to assess job and environmental fit. The Covid-19 pandemic has not changed this, but many companies are now replacing face-to-face interviews with online interaction to assess candidate suitability. Online video applications that are commonly being used include Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet etc.
When you receive an invitation for an online interview, it should include information on the date and time for the interview, and the online video application that will be used.
Read through our list below to ensure you are well prepared for your online interview.
Do remember to also read through the Experienced & Mature Candidate Interview Tips as those still apply to online interviews!
A. Required Online Video Application
Do ensure you have the right online video application installed, are sufficiently familiar with it and have sufficient data / broadband capacity to cater for the online meeting.
B. Room for the Interview
Find a well-lit comfortable and quiet room where you can have the interview uninterrupted. Find an uncluttered background in the room to position yourself for the interview.
C. Trial Run
Engage in trial runs, preferably with someone who is familiar with the application before the interview.
D. Prepare your Notes
Find out as much as you can about the position and the Company. Anticipate questions and prepare your answers. Prepare questions to show your interest in and competency for the role you are applying for.
See our Experienced & Mature Candidate Interview Tips for more details.
E. Dress for the Interview
Be groomed and dressed professionally for the interview; it reflects your professionalism and helps you exude confidence. Sit up in a comfortable chair behind a clean desk.
- Check that the interviewer has a clear view of you and can hear you clearly. Assure the interviewer/s that you can see and hear them clearly too
- Focus on the interviewer/s, not the camera
- Sit up and interact with the interviewer, engage in eye contact, and remember to relax and smile while remaining professional throughout.
- Check that you have understood the question properly before you respond if you are unsure or could not hear the question clearly the first time
- Allow yourself a short pause to think through if you need some time; there is no need to jump and respond immediately each time
- Avoid interrupting the interviewer mid-sentence as this may be more disruptive online than when done face-to-face
- Take notes, and remember to smile
As with face-to-face interviews, it would be great if you could send a quick note to the interviewer/s to thank them for their time, and perhaps even include your thoughts to some important items discussed during the interview.