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A Zoom Job Interview: How to Zoom in to Your Strengths

It is true that a new level of flexibility has opened up, especially in the Pandemic’s aftermath. A Zoom job interview, at least for the initial screening rounds, has become the norm, as it provides easy access and can be conducted at any given time. Zoom is one of the many software that allows video conferencing, along with options to record, chat, mute and share screens during the call.

Dos and Dont’s for a Zoom job interview

A Zoom job interview, irrespective of time and location, demands the same level of courtesy that one would bring to a traditional in-person interview. You are expected to dress well and ensure that the technology you’re using functions smoothly before the start of the interview. Fumbling at the last minute will only serve to highlight your unpreparedness. To ensure this does not happen, we have compiled a few video interview tips to help you successfully navigate the next one.

Video Interview Tips

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1. Camera and positioning

The first and foremost task is to set up your laptop or webcam in the right position. The camera must be at eye level so that you appear focused and clear. Adjust the angles so that you can sit back and talk comfortably. Ensure that the room you are in is clean and that there is no background clutter that will distract the other person. Your device must be fully charged or plugged in so that it does not conk off midway.

 2. Get Rid of Distractions

Put all your devices on silent. Settle on a time that is guaranteed to give you the utmost privacy. Before beginning the session, check the light, close the door and recheck your laptop settings. If you’re at home, keep your family informed and request them to give you privacy. In case something urgent or unexpected happens, excuse yourself and request a timeout before attending to it.

3. Dressing

Will Rogers said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” A timeless quote, this has served me well through the years. Attire is an important part of how we present ourselves. Even though it is a virtual interview, dressing the part is a non-negotiable aspect of interview etiquette. Solid colors work best as patterns and stripes can create optical illusions that can be distracting. Unless the interviewer has implicitly stated that casual clothes are fine, dress up in formal business attire.

4. Practice

If this is your first time on call, ensure that you practice with a friend or a relative. Adjust the positioning of your camera and check whether the microphone is audible and if you can hear the other side clearly. Practice always helps ease nervousness, and in a Zoom interview, it is important not to fumble as often, the interviews are recorded for further evaluation. You do not want to leave evidence of your unpreparedness.

5. Body Language

As per studies, over 90 percent of our communication is non-verbal is nature. This includes eye contact, posture, body language and gestures. This is further amplified as we sit in front of the camera. Hence, it is extremely crucial for us to figure out our blind spots and work on improving our overall screen presence. One way to do this, is to record mock interviews with someone you know, go over the recording, and also ask for feedback. Doing this will open your eyes to what you need to rectify and help you bring your best self to the interview.

You might follow all the Zoom interview tips listed here, but that is only half the job done. You must take time to prepare your answers and read up on the company you are interviewing for. While following these basic etiquettes are the first step to cracking an interview, it is imperative that you align yourself with the job description, ask relevant questions and appear calm and composed. This will hold you in good stead and help make a lasting impression that will remain long after the interview is done.

Diana Coker
Diana Coker is a staff writer at The HR Digest, based in New York. She also reports for brands like Technowize. Diana covers HR news, corporate culture, employee benefits, compensation, and leadership. She loves writing HR success stories of individuals who inspire the world. She’s keen on political science and entertains her readers by covering usual workplace tactics.

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