So you’ve applied for a position abroad, and are now invited for a job interview. Unfortunately, jumping on the plane for an interview when you do not even know yet if you will get the job is not really ideal. Luckily, thanks to almighty internet, a lot of companies are willing to interview candidates via Skype or another type of video conference software.
Here are 5 tips on what to prepare for an online job interview:
1. Make sure your internet connection is good
When you have done your research and think you are ready for the interview, it’s time to do the practicalities, or in this case, technicalities. A good internet connection is very crucial! Slow connection can distract both you and the interviewer, and even worse – the interviewer might lose interest in you and what you have to say. Here are a few things you can do:
- Check with you internet provider if there will be any work on the line
- Ask other people in the house to disconnect from Wifi
- Use a cable instead Wifi – just in case
2. Do a test run before the start of the interview
You cannot account for the unforeseen issues during the interview, but you can most definitely make sure you have a working microphone and webcam. It is possible to do a test run on Skype by clicking on the Echo / Sound Test Service icon (always listed first in your contacts list). This way you can find out whether your microphone and webcam are working properly, or whether you need to adjust some of the settings.
3. Check time differences – daylight saving?
This can be very tricky! Make sure you have noted the right time. Usually the times indicated by the interviewer would be their time, but do check this before you miss or try to call them while they are still asleep.
4. Make sure you wear something appropriate!
Do not think about wearing a nice shirt with shorts just because most probably only your face will be visible. What if you need to stand up and get something? Wearing something you would wear to a face-to-face interview will help you psychologically to be in the relevant state of mind. It will help with your body language, confidence, and it shows commitment.
5. Check your background!
Something that a lot of people forget to do: check their background. It is great that you took the time to shower, do your hair, put on a smart suit and everything; but what about that poker score board on the wall behind you? Make sure your surroundings are presentable.
Now that you have the basics in place, go eat something before the interview to avoid awkward stomach noises. Also have a glass of water within reach in case your throat gets dry. Good luck!
Marianne Kuijpers & Selene Siregar
The CareerProfessor.works Team
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