Online job interviews: Here are some tips and tricks on how to crack it
Online interviewshave become the only way to hire new employees as the majority of organisations have adopted the digital infrastructure.
- The candidates should prepare some common questions with ready answers to avoid the last minute brainstorming.
- For online interviews, having a clean and clutter-free background holds prime importance in showing the level of professionalism of the candidate.
AdvertisementAs more and more organisations are transitioning to work-from-home or hybrid workforce models, conducting online interviews has become the only way to hire new employees.
Since the majority of organisations have adopted the digital infrastructure, it is understood that the initial rounds or the entire interview process will likely take place online.
These are some important aspects and tips to ace the online interview process, as suggested by Yogita Tulsiani, co-founder of iXceed Solutions, a human resources tech startup.
Prepare thoroughly and dress up nicely
The candidates should prepare some common questions with ready answers to avoid the last minute brainstorming. When you are already thorough with an answer, a sign of confidence is reflected, which can impress the interviewer. Also, do a thorough research about the company they are interviewing for, and just try to make the conversation interesting by not just answering questions but also asking questions to the interviewer.
The candidates should maintain the formal level by dressing up nicely even for an online interview, as it reflects positivity to the interviewer.
Check your background
For online interviews, having a clean and clutter-free background holds prime importance in showing the level of professionalism of the candidate. Also, make sure that you sit in a noise-free area, away from distractions.
Since you are appearing for an online interview, it is important to check your camera and microphone before the interview. Also, download the app on which the interview will take place beforehand to avoid last minute rush.
Be it online or face-to-face interviews, first impressions are always useful in making a mark. It begins as soon as you turn on your camera or you enter the room. Making a good first impression is highly important because it makes an impact on the mind of the recruiter and this can increase your chances of getting selected or hired.
It is important for the candidates to show that you are really interested and that can be showcased only through your 100% attention. Make sure you look directly into the camera that can keep you focused.
Avoid showing your emotions
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Keep a pen and paper handy
It is always better to keep a pen and a paper or notebook by your side while appearing for interviews. Searching for a pen or paper during the interview can make a really bad impression.
How to make sure that the interviewer is interested in the conversation?
Sometimes interviewers are often exhausted as they have to take interviews back to back. “Be honest, confident, and prepared. Even the most talented candidate can sometimes lose a great opportunity due to poor communications skills. So make sure to improve your communication skills. Sound confident during the entire call, however, don’t just say anything just to sound confident. If you don’t know the answer to a question then it’s prudent to accept that and assure the interviewer that you are gonna learn about it,” says Anu Yadav, implementation and people and culture Lead at Zimyo, a human resources and payroll services provider based in Gurugram.
What should you do if you lose your internet connection during the interview?
First of all, the candidates must ensure that they have a stable internet connection by practicing for the interview beforehand. According to Zimyo, if any such thing happens, the candidate must immediately inform the potential recruiter about the issue and must request another interview round. As the candidate doesn't have direct control over the issue, there are very less chances that they will be rejected for such a thing.
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