How to Prepare for an Online Interview?

The interview is an essential part of the recruitment process. It is the first step to getting a job and decide on whether you want it or not. The interview can be done in person, over the phone, or even through video conferencing. 

But there’s also a lot to think about when planning and executing a video interview properly, especially if you’re having your first live interview. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! These tips will come in handy. 


1) Having an unpresentable background

One drawback of video interviews is that your area is made public. Since you have to travel to their office for a typical interview, you won’t need to bother about setting up a neat and professional environment. But this changes during video interviews.  

Therefore, you should limit the amount of background clutter, make sure there is sufficient natural light, and keep the area free of obstacles.


2) Having technical glitches

Nothing can end your interview more unexpectedly than experiencing technical difficulties. 

Examples: Poor audio and sound, bad camera angles and framing, either being too far or too near the computer or unstable internet leading to disconnections. 

Make sure you are familiar with the platform that will be utilized for the interview and, if possible, ask a friend or member of your family to practice using it with you so you are familiar with its capabilities.


3) Your attire is improper

Don’t join your interviews wearing hoodies! If you show up to the interview in the wrong clothes, you might come off as unprofessional. 

Select an outfit for the interview that is comparable to what you would wear to a face-to-face interview, such as a business casual or business professional.

Make sure you are dressed professionally from head to toe. Even if it’s not visible on camera. 


4) Slouching during the interview

Slouching is not a good look on camera and is just as noticeable as slouching in person.

A bad posture can give a bad impression. It might appear you are not confident and not prepared well for the interview. 

Sit up straight and focus on coming across as energetic and engaged.


5) Not preparing well for the interview 

Losing track of the position you are applying for, having not practiced an elevator pitch, Googling on-the-spot and reading your responses on a computer screen, and not having the necessary documents are examples of unpreparedness. 

You should read up on the most often-asked interview questions and practice your responses. Keep a notepad, notebook, and your résumé close by in case you need to mention prior successes or employment history.


Comment below if you have any other questions related to Interview Preparation!



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By divasgupta   |   December 6, 2022

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