More and more employers are choosing to conduct virtual interviews, as this format is safer and more convenient during this unprecedented time. In some cases our children are attending classes on Zoom, and many of our regular office meetings have shifted to a virtual format as more and more people are opting to work from home.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL ZOOM CALL
As this is a newer interview format, we wanted to share some tips on navigating Zoom calls successfully.
Tip 1: Make sure you test your equipment before your call.
Set up a practice Zoom call with a family member, check your internet speeds, do a sound check on your audio and make sure your background looks good. This will help you prepare and come across as a professional.
Tip 2: Opt to mute your call anytime you’re not speaking.
Try to get into the habit of keeping yourself on mute anytime you’re not speaking. Computer and phone speakers often distort noise, and often the sound of things you may not even be thinking about, like tapping your fingers or scratching notes on a paper pad, can become distracting to the other person.
Tip 3: Have a backup plan.
It’s a good idea to have a backup device in case of any technical difficulties. If you’re planning on doing the call on your laptop, it’s a good idea to download the video conferencing app (like Zoom) onto a nearby iPad or cell phone just in case you need to switch devices.
Tip 4: Plan your space and limit distractions.
While you’re testing all your equipment, make sure you also plan out your space. Will you be sitting at your desk? The kitchen table? Is your background professional? Try not to sit in front of a window or lamp, as this will make it hard to see your face. If you have pets, have a plan to have them in a different space so they don’t distract you during the call. It’s also a good idea to think about the colors that you are going to wear for the interview, and if it will work with your background.
Tip 5: Focus on body language.
Keep your camera at eye level, so that you can maintain eye contact as much as possible. Don’t forget to sit up and smile, and lean slightly toward the screen.
Tip 6: Dress the same as you would for an in-person interview.
It can be tempting to go for a more comfortable look, you’re at home, after all, but pick the same attire you would if you were meeting in person. It may seem like too much effort, but the science shows that even putting on dress shoes that won’t be shown on screen can help your mind get into the best possible “interview” mindset.
We believe virtual interviews are here to stay and hope these simple steps will help you to more fully prepare for a successful Zoom interview.