Being nervous during an interview is understandable. Everyone has experienced it at some point. But the pressures experienced during an online interview are almost always worse. Despite the screen and millions of miles between you and the interviewer, so many things can still go wrong. All it takes is a slow connection and the interview slowly turns from a pleasant chat to a frustrating ping-pong game of ‘Can you hear me?’.
Here are a few online interview tips we have picked up with the help of successful candidates and several interviewers.
Nothing is more frustrating than your phone or computer freezing up. Make sure you pick the most reliable device you own. Prepare the app you will be using before hand (this will most likely be WeChat) and test your connection out.
If you’re having problems, let the interviewer know beforehand. Let them know that if the video chat fails, you will switch to voice chat or another app.
Prepare for the worst but make sure you set up for the best!
Your location is key. Make sure you arrange a time where your home / office is quiet. Pick a room with a door you can lock and quite surroundings too. Make sure there isn’t any background noise from a tv or radio and arrange yourself so that noises from the street cannot be heard as well.
Your location should have a sufficient internet reach. We recommend being near your Wi-Fi source or connecting to a hotspot with an above average connection.
Make sure where you sit is well thought out. You must have a clear background with as little distraction as possible. A plain wall works perfectly.
This should be obvious – dress professionally. Nothing flashy or suggestive. Your interviewer will not expect a full three-piece suit, but they will not like seeing a ripped t-shirt or a scruffy look. Prepare well, and make sure you look good on camera and come across as serious and professional!
Make sure you remove any possible distractions. Either turn off background apps or put your phone on silent. If the interview is being conducted on a computer / laptop, switching your phone of for the duration of the interview is recommended
Even when you are not answering questions, remember to use your body as a means of non-verbal communication. Nod where you need to. Use your hands to express yourself and don’t fidget too much. Remember to keep eye- contact with your camera/screen and most importantly: Smile!
Speak to the interviewer in a conversational voice, unless they tell you they can’t quite understand or hear you. Take notes where you need to in order to retain information or ask questions. And remember to take a second after every question is asked to allow for internet lag and think about what they’re asking you thoroughly.
Good luck for your interview and remember: Be Yourself!
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