Tips for Nailing that Zoom Interview

In these times, more and more employers are opting for video interviews over traditional face-to-face interviews. While safe, accessible, and convenient, these interviews come with an entirely new interview culture. This culture is one you need to learn about and be aware of in order to have a successful job interview using video conferencing software programs like Zoom. Zoom hosts a variety of convenient tools, including screen sharing, text chat, video recording and muting. Which ones should you use—or avoid using—to ensure an awesome Zoom interview? Read on to find out and learn other important tips.

Choose a brightly lit room and professional background

Just as in an in-person interview, you want to portray a neat appearance. Set your computer up in a well-lit area that is clean and free of clutter. A well-lit area will make your body language and facial expressions easier to see, but you don’t want the interviewer to be distracted by a messy room. One of Zoom’s great features is the ability to choose a background so that only you show up in the camera. Make sure you choose something that looks simple and professional, should you choose that option.

Pick a quiet space

Before your interview, choose an interview spot that is quiet and free from distractions. The interviewer will be more able to direct their full attention to whatever you have to say to them. A quiet place is as much to your benefit as it is the interviewer’s: it will help you keep calm and focus your mind. Close out of other online websites and turn off notifications on your computer. And put that phone on silent!

Wear professional attire

Yes, even if the interviewer can’t see your legs! Dress pants, blazers, formal shirts, formal dresses and modest skirts are fantastic clothing options. Just as in a face-to-face interview, it is always better to overdress than to underdress. Wearing professional tops and bottoms will make you feel more professional. And when you feel more professional, you’ll carry yourself more professionally—which is always great news for an interview.

Look into the camera while speaking

Maintaining eye contact is probably something that has been taught to you since you were young. Indeed, in a traditional interview, eye contact is a great way to show confidence in yourself as well as respect for the interview. Video chatting can skew this: when you look them in the eye on their screen, it may not look like that on their screen. Instead, look into your camera as you speak. This will make it look much more like you’re looking in the interviewer’s eyes and give that sense of confidence and respect they’re looking for. Make sure you keep your focus on the screen, so you can show that you are actively listening.

Use a fully charged laptop/computer with good internet connection

While Zoom’s mobile app can be a great tool, holding a phone in your hand can cause the camera to shake, making the interview less stable. It is far better to use a desktop computer or laptop for your meeting. If you are using a laptop, make sure it’s fully charged and remains charging during your interview: the last thing you want is the battery dying in the middle of a sentence! Ensure your service and device are running at their best by getting the newest edition of Zoom prior to your interview. In order to see and hear everything clearly (as well as have your interviewer see and hear you clearly), you’ll need a solid internet connection; test your connection in the exact spot you plan on sitting during your meeting.

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