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Making Zoom/Video Interviews Work for You

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We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

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Video job interviews have become more common and require some preparation.  The interview content will likely be similar to an in-person or phone interview.   In the article from Indeed.com – Career- Advice they offer the following tips:

Get familiar with the technology and what is needed to use the app or video technology. This includes a good internet connection, a computer or laptop with a webcam, headphones with a built-in microphone or headphones with a separate microphone, a tablet, or a smartphone.

Know how to access the video interview:  The interview may be live or pre-recorded:  live means you will join a video conference from a link the employer shares – once connected you will see and speak with the interviewer(s) on your screen.  If it’s pre-recorded you will receive instructions about how to join the interview and will be prompted to answer pre-recorded questions or ones that appear on the screen.  You will record your answers and the employer will review them later.

Think about what the employer sees:  Look around – what is behind you?  Choose somewhere quiet, private and well-lit where you won’t be interrupted by others.  Select a virtual background if needed.  Silence your phone and any programs that could disrupt the conversation.  If there is an interruption where you are, apologize to the interviewer, ask for a few moments, mute the microphone and wait, or mute the microphone and turn off the camera to quickly handle the situation.

Dress professionally: The same as if you were meeting the employer in person.  Look your best on camera by wearing softer colors and pieces that are not patterned.  Position the camera so you are looking up slightly and centered on the screen.  “While it’s likely the interviewer will only see your upper half, it’s still a good idea to wear professional pants/skirt in case you need to stand up for any reason”.

Direct your gaze at the webcam when you are speaking.  This helps align your eyes with the interviewer’s eyes.  When you are listening you can look at the person who is speaking.  Keep your mood upbeat and convey optimism.  Use good posture – sit up straight, feet planted on the floor, and arms resting on the desk.  Nod and smile as appropriate to communicate they have your full attention.

Prepare your answers and practice before the actual interview.  You could even record your practice interview or sections of it to see how it all looks and how you appear and sound on the screen and allows you to test your audio and video functions.  Have your questions ready as well.

Before the interview begins ask the interviewer for a phone number where you can reach them if you experience technical difficulties so you can continue by phone or reschedule.  As always, thank the interviewer for their time and send a follow-up thank you email later that day to help build a stronger connection with the potential employer.

Want to learn more or receive support to prepare for a video/Zoom interview?  Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare, or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

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Article:  Video Interview Guide: Tips for A Successful Interview, Indeed.com       May 2020