1. What to Expect in an Online Interview
If you have been invited to do an online interview, congratulations!
Your potential organization believes in the importance of meeting the "whole"
you, not just the "on paper" you. This is an opportunity to be yourself
in a controlledand stress free environment. Pay attention to the tips below and
put your best face forward.
2. Be sure you have a strong Internet connection.
A coffee shop is not advisable, public places usually moderate bandwidth and when
it drops out, your interview will too.
3. Dress appropriately.
Treat this just like you would a live interview. Dress appropriately for the position
to which you are applying.
4. Check the lighting and camera angle.
Make sure your face is lit and your chin isn’t the focus. It may require propping
your webcam up but trust us…it’s more flattering.
5. Be aware of your background.
Be sure you are communicating what you intend. The background can speak volumes,
make sure it is simple and not distracting.
6. Pace yourself with the questions timer.
If you have been asked to do an interview and you do not see the questions in
advance, the questions will appear with a countdown timer. Practice in advance so
you can test your camera, mic and lighting and you can feel how long 1 or 2 minutes
feels. After you read the question out loud be sure to look directly at the camera
7. Answer the question.
You’d be surprised at how many applicants answer everything but the question. Stay
on track and speak up with confidence so you can be heard. Using details are always
better than speaking in generalities.
8. Take your time.
Don’t be in such a hurry that you can’t be understood. Practice until your comfortable,
and then do the real thing.
9. Be Yourself.
Remember institutions are looking for authentic candidates who possess the necessary
knowledge, skills sets, personality and communication skills that match their company
Virtual interviews are a great opportunity to showcase who you are beyond your grades
and scores. The digital interview is here to stay and in this global world you will
find that even after college, it is a method that many employers are using to cut
costs and save time. Your communication skills are critical to your success in college