The world has gone digital and so have a job interviews, though COVID-19 lockdown levels keep changing in the country one thing is for sure, the world of business keeps moving. So you’ve been job hunting for the last couple of months, you apply to a potential post and the prospective employer asks you for a virtual interview online. Don’t be nervous, here are a few ways you can prepare yourself for the interview.
Get your gadgets ready for action
As soon as you approve the request for the job interview meeting, start checking your gadgets to guarantee that you are set up for success. Get ready as soon as you can and avoid having to do it just before the interview. Check your internet connection and confirm that it works with your camera and microphone. If the image is grainy or you hear an echo, you may need to purchase a mini webcam with an integrated microphone.
Make sure there are no distractions around you
This is very important as interviewers rely on the quality of the interview to judge what kind of candidate you are; they are also not trying to get catfished. Make sure you eliminate all distractions. Turn off the TV, get a baby sitter, put your phone on silent, double-check if your neighbours are doing any renovations or repairs and close any nearby windows. Make it as calm as possible.
Preparation, preparation, preparation
A study found that people who typically do well in interviews prepare ahead of time. Preparation breeds confidence which allows the person who’s interviewing you to get the best version of yourself. Two key areas to prepare for are common interview questions and answers, and most importantly the final question interviewers typically ask, which is, “What questions do you have for us?” You must know what questions to ask when this question comes.
- Dress the part, get your friends and family to tell you what your outfit says about you.
- Make sure you don’t want to sound robotic throughout your interview, you can do it by practising your answers and not memorising them.
- Do follow up within 24 hours. It is great to stay top of mind to your prospective employer, find something that you all either laughed about or bonded over, and add it on your email. Send a thank you message to show you value their time along with “I look forward to hearing from you again”
Lastly, be yourself. Remember there’s only one you and you can use the interview to make a lasting impression.