The Zoom job interview is becoming increasingly common — especially during a time where we are being encouraged to stay at home. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to ensure you give yourself the best chance of success.
Zoom Interview Body Language
Eye contact can be hard to keep during a video interview, but it is still important to try. To achieve it, avoid looking directly at your interviewer on the screen. Instead, direct your gaze at the camera on your PC or laptop. By doing this, your eyes are more likely to align with the interviewer’s eyes on the other end. Throughout the interview, make sure you remain upbeat and keep a good posture throughout. Avoid slouching or fidgeting, and acknowledge the interviewer when appropriate to show that they have your full attention.
How to Dress For a Zoom Job Interview
You may have become accustomed to living in your pyjamas during lockdown, however this relaxed approach to dressing isn’t going to impress your potential employer. The key is to dress professionally, and don’t just get dressed from the waist up; this could go horribly wrong if you have to suddenly stand at any point during the interview. Dress like you would if you were attending the interview in person, and research the company beforehand so you have a good idea of what dress code is appropriate. If the role is creative, you may want to opt for casualwear such as a polo shirt and chinos. Otherwise, one of our business suits with a white shirt and patterned tie would be a fail-safe choice. Or, a simple formal shirt and trouser combination.
The Best Zoom Job Interview Locations
First impressions are vital, and while you may be proud of your collection of action figures, not everyone will share your enthusiasm. Just like your clothing, keep your background simple with good lighting and without any distractions. If you have a study or home office, this would be perfect. Alternatively, a room that is quiet with minimal decoration would work equally as well. It is also important to make sure you choose a room with good internet connection. If you know certain areas of your home are susceptible to a bad connection, find somewhere else that is suitable.
Practice Makes Perfect
To get used to the technology and the way a Zoom call works, it is important to make some practice calls. You can do this with a friend or family member by asking them to give you feedback on how you come across on the camera and whether you are talking clearly enough. They will be able to give you feedback and help your confidence grow as you become more comfortable talking in front of a camera.
What You Need For a Zoom Job Interview
Before starting your interview, make sure you are fully prepared by going through our checklist of things that you need:
- The Zoom app
- A good internet connection
- A working laptop or computer with a webcam
- Headphones with a built-in microphone (check that they work beforehand)
- A quiet, well-lit location without any distractions
- A copy of your CV
- A suitable outfit
What Happens If Your Zoom Job Interview Goes Wrong?
Don’t panic. Employers are fully aware of the complications that can arise with technology and families that are stuck together in isolation. It’s not easy, but there are a few things you can do to minimise potential problems:
Before you begin the interview, ask your interviewer if you can take their phone number in case you lose internet connection or have any technical difficulties. This way you can call them and continue the interview over the phone if necessary.
If someone interrupts you or unexpectedly enters the room, simply apologise to the person interviewing you and ask for a few moments to deal with the interruption.
If you experience any interference or noise from outside, address the situation and apologise. Only continue once the problem has been sorted and you can concentrate fully.