10 Essential Zoom Interview Tips For Online Job Seekers

Essential Zoom Interview Tips

Zoom interviews are becoming the norm for many companies these days. As an online job seeker, you definitely have to prepare for this once your applications start attracting interest from potential employers.

Your performance during a virtual interview will play a large part in whether or not you get the job. That’s why preparation is so crucial. You definitely want to be ready to answer popular video interview questions such as, “Why are you the right candidate for this position?”; “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?”; and “What are your salary expectations?”, among others.

On top of that, there are several basic things you will need to keep in mind as you go through your interview online. Here are 10 important tips to help you take your Zoom interview game to the next level:

1. Look into the camera – not the screen

We’ve all heard about the importance of maintaining eye contact during in-person interviews, but how exactly do you do that during a video chat? Well, you look into the camera - not the screen – as you speak.

This simple trick definitely improves your chances of making a positive impression because you’ll appear more confident and respectful.  

In a Chicago Tribune article, career adviser Jeffrey Ory emphasizes the importance of eye contact during job interviews, warning:

“If you have a habit of looking away while listening, it shows a lack of interest and a short attention span.”

2. Be mindful of your background

Another top tip is to pick a good background. Look for something neat and professional on camera. If needed, clean up your place and get rid of all the visible clutter. You wouldn’t want to display a messy room or a kitchen full of dirty dishes during the interview.

Some may advise you to use a virtual background but let’s face it: they may be fun but they’re also distracting. They’re obviously fake and a job interview may not be the best time to use them. You may instead use a blank, light-colored wall.

If you’re living with family members, tell them about your interview schedule so you can have the space to yourself for a while. You and the interviewer would surely be distracted if your children or pets start running around.

One more tip: do not sit too far or too close to your camera.

“When you’re setting up your chair, you’ll want to make sure you don’t end up looking too tiny or too huge,” wrote Regina Borsellino in an article for TheMuse.com. “To be well proportioned, make sure there’s a bit of empty space on the screen above your head and check that your shoulders and upper chest are visible.”

3. Ample lighting is a must

Adequate lighting is another crucial factor for a successful Zoom interview. You need to make sure that your room is well-lit either by a natural or artificial light source (such as a ring light). The interviewer needs to see you clearly.

Of course, the light should be in front of you and not behind you. Otherwise, that could present a problem, casting you in silhouette. Your facial expressions and body language may get obscured by shadows.

4. Do what you can to minimize noise

Look for a quiet space in your house where you can comfortably do your virtual interview. As mentioned earlier, you should coordinate with your family members so they are aware of how long the interview will last.

Clear the room of your pets, if you have any. Close doors and windows. Turn the television off. Put your mobile phone on silent mode. In short, do anything to decrease possible distraction and noise. You will be able to hear your interviewer better – and vice versa – as long as the video chat is done in a distraction-free environment.

5. Mute your microphone when necessary

One of Zoom’s most popular features is the mute button, which enables users to turn their microphone off. This can be very useful for you during a job interview, especially when there are some unexpected background noises.

6. Use a desktop computer or a laptop

Sure, Zoom is available as a mobile app but it’s always better to use the desktop version. Your computer or laptop has a better camera and mic than your phone or tablet. Moreover, the interview will go much smoother since computers are more stable than mobile devices.

7. Be attentive and listen carefully

Once you’re online with your interviewer, pay close attention to what they’re saying. Be attentive and look for non-verbal cues.  

Invest in good headphones with a mic, especially if you will be using the equipment in your online job. Communicating with the hiring officer will be much easier with this tool.

8. Your internet connection needs to be stable

Naturally, you want to have a stable internet connection during the interview. It is necessary to have a backup in case your home Wi-Fi suddenly goes down. Use an ethernet cable to improve connectivity.

You may also want to plan ahead and take the call in another place. A great example for this would be our spaces here at The Farm SoHo. We offer phone booth access for our coworking and private office clients. Plus we have strong WiFi and members get secure 24/7 access to our spaces.

Whether you want to book a coworking space for a day, a week, or a month, we’re ready to accommodate you and provide the amenities you need.

9. Check the date, time, and time-zone

Speaking of time, you will have to double check the details when your potential employer is located halfway around the world.

Whether you’re a digital nomad or a home-based remote worker, you’ll want to be aware of the date, time, and time-zone your Zoom interview is set to take place. You may turn to the internet to look for an online time converter or maybe use your phone’s clock feature.  

In any case, you wouldn’t want to be late or, worse, miss an interview just because of avoidable confusion.

10. Dress for the occasion

Last but not least, you will want to wear attire that’s appropriate for the industry or position you are applying for. Formal clothing is always a safe pick but try to avoid anything with loud colors. Your clothes should also look clean and wrinkle-free.  

The point is, you want to wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. So if you think that means wearing formal pants or a skirt instead of boxers and pajamas, then just go for it. 

Best of luck with your Zoom interview - we’re rooting for you!

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