Technological advances in VoIP have made it possible for employers to interview potential candidates through the internet. This makes the process much more convenient especially if the interviewee is located elsewhere. Some companies even prioritize digital interviews these days because they get to see more of the candidate’s personality through them instead of face to face interviews where candidates put their best foot forward. There are now companies that service other businesses and help them conduct digital interviews. The candidate may be at home on their computer, tablet, or even smartphone. Just because it is a digital interview does not mean that you should exert less than 100% of your best because employers may be stricter since body language is harder to decipher through the web. Here are a few things to do to make sure your digital interview goes smoothly.
Test your internet connection
If you are having your interview conducted through a computer, smartphone, or tablet, it is crucial that your connection is not sketchy. Check your coverage before the interview even starts so you do not come off as unprofessional if your call gets dropped or if your video lags.
Be in a well-lit area
You may think that there is adequate lighting but it may look different when on a webcam. Make sure there is enough light for the interviewer to see your face properly by doing a few test shots and adjusting your light sources accordingly.
Dress for success
Remember: this is still a job interview and they will still take note of what you are wearing. Do not wear clothes that are comfortable just because the interview is being done online. On the upside, if only your head and torso are visible, you can omit those leather shoes.
Have an appropriate background
If the interviewer sees a mess behind you, they will already have an impression without you saying a single word. Make sure you conduct the interview in a room that is tidy and quiet. Keep the dog outside during your interview. Make sure they focus on you as an individual and not a product of your surroundings.
Pick a quiet place
Do not have your interview done while you are at a public place. This is bound to be noisy and will distract you and the interviewer. They may also get doubts about how serious you are for the job when you cannot even find the appropriate place to have your interview.
Do not drive and have an interview
Not only is this illegal, it is also dangerous. If you must have the interview from your car, park it someplace that has good reception, peace and quiet, and adequate lighting.
Look at your interviewer
Do not, however tempting, watch yourself on the screen. Maintain eye contact with the person you are talking to.
Take the one-sided interview in stride
Some companies may interview you in a manner that records your answers to interview questions without talking to someone in real time. This may seem strange but make sure that you answer these questions in a way that will engage the people who will be watching it. Like mentioned previously, maintain eye contact with the camera.