When you’re applying for a job online, you don’t get to meet the interviewers face-to-face. Instead, they will ask you questions via a chat window, email or video call. This can be nerve-wracking if you are not used to talking about yourself in front of strangers! Fortunately, there aren’t too many differences between an offline and online job interview. The principles are the same and most HR managers follow standard practices when interviewing candidates. In this article, we share 15 tips that will help you ace your next online job interview.
Prepare for your interview #
If you want to ace your interview, you need a killer first impression. Unfortunately, you can’t control what impression your interviewer has of you at the start of your call. To make sure you start off on the right foot, it’s critical you prepare for your interview. This means knowing everything you can about the company and position you’re interviewing for. You can also prepare by having a few questions ready to ask at the end of the call.
Turn on the camera and mic #
The first thing to do is to turn on the camera and mic. This is easy to forget, but it is important. The interviewer will be more likely to continue with the interview if you don’t have a visual of you. You will also be able to see the interviewer and make lasting eye contact. This is a great way to make a good impression, and to make the interviewer feel more comfortable. For video chats, make sure your lighting is good so it doesn’t look like you are in a dark cave. You can also buy a pop-up light for around $10 to $20 online or at your local hardware store.
Dress for success – literally #
You probably think you don’t have to dress up for a job interview that you are conducting via the internet. However, this is not the case. You should always dress to impress for an interview, regardless of whether you are meeting the interviewers in person or online. If you are interviewing with a company in another country, you might want to consider dressing as they do. For example, in many Asian countries, especially Japan, China, and South Korea, people dress more formally than in the U.S. So, if you’re interviewing with an Asian company, you might want to wear a suit. If you are interviewing in the U.S., you might want to wear business casual attire. Keep in mind that your attire could have an effect on the company’s impression of you, so it’s a good idea to dress professionally.
Be polite and shake hands #
Once the interviewer invites you to start the interview, extend your hand for the interviewer to shake hands. This is a common practice during an interview and will help to build rapport with the interviewer. Turn on your microphone, wait for the interviewer to do the same and then say “hello” and introduce yourself. Then, wait for the interviewer to initiate a handshake as a way to build rapport and trust. Since you are meeting via the internet, you may want to mention that you are glad to be speaking with them and look forward to the interview. You may also want to wait for them to speak first and then respond accordingly.
Talk about your strengths #
When an interviewer asks you to talk about your strengths, they want to know two things: What are you good at? And, how do you apply those strengths to the job at hand? There isn’t a right or wrong answer when talking about your strengths. Instead, you want to focus on applying your strengths to the job at hand. Take some time to think about this before your interview. What are you good at? What are your strengths? You may want to mention that you are a quick study and that you learn new things easily. You may also want to mention that you have good organisational skills and that you are a good problem solver.
Mention the job requirements you have. #
If you have been diligent about researching the position and company, you will have an idea of what the job entails. When you are asked about the qualifications you have for the job, you can bring up the job requirements you have. You can do this by saying something like, “I would love to be considered for the job because I meet the qualifications needed.” You want to relate your qualifications to the job requirements to show that you are the right fit for the job. Doing this is helpful because it will show the interviewer that you have done your research.
Don’t go too deep into your past jobs #
Be honest and open, but don’t get too deep into your past jobs. Interviewers are interested in your experience, but they still want to know about you as a person. You want to avoid talking about your past jobs to the point where it sounds rehearsed. You want to show your personality, not just talk about your past jobs. If you want to keep the interviewer interested, don’t go too deep into your past jobs. Instead, give a brief overview of your experience. You can then expand on the points you want to make by going further if the interviewer asks you follow-up questions.
Sum up with a final sentence that reinforces your value #
Once you have answered the interviewer’s questions, you need to sum up. This is your last chance to show the interviewer what you’re made of. Make sure you include everything you want them to know about you. You can do this by reviewing the strengths you mentioned earlier. You can also review a few of your strengths again. Once you have done this, you can conclude with a sentence that reinforces your value. For example, you can say that you are a self-starter who likes to go above and beyond. You can also offer to help in any way that you can.
Finally, remember that there isn’t any set format or template for an online job interview. You can be yourself and have fun while answering the interviewer’s questions. The most important thing to remember is to be yourself. Interviewers want to hire people who will be a good fit for the company. They want to know that you are the right person for the job. That’s why they conduct interviews in the first place. However, they want to make sure that you are the right person. That’s why they conduct interviews in the first place. Once you finish your interview, the interviewer may ask you to wait while they discuss your interview with the team – face-to-face. All you can do is wait and hope for the best.