When you’re interviewing virtually, there are some things you should do—and things you shouldn’t—if you want to make the best impression. Companies are shifting from in-person to remote interviews, so it’s important to be ready to interview by video call.
To increase your chances of making a good impression and getting the job, there are certain mistakes you should avoid before and during Zoom interviews.
1. Coming to the Interview Late
When it comes to job interviews, if you’re not early, you’re late. This is doubly true for Zoom interviews. Jump on the call a few minutes early, and you won’t have to worry about last-minute technical difficulties derailing your effort. There’s nothing worse than starting a job interview stressed out and distracted.
2. Not Practicing With the Technology Beforehand
Speaking of technical difficulties, you can avoid many of them by making sure you’re comfortable with the software ahead of time. Be sure to download Zoom and get in at least one practice interview before the real event. You’ll feel more at ease during the conversation and more resilient if other technical issues come up.
3. Failing to Gather Your Materials
Once you’re seated in front of your computer, you should be able to reach everything you need to carry out a successful interview. Make sure you have all your interview materials, i.e. your resume, references, portfolio, etc., and that you’re comfortable and ready to speak.
4. Interviewing in a Messy Space
Zoom allows you to choose a default background image or upload your own photo, so it’s totally possible to interview amid a pile of dirty laundry and unfiled papers while appearing as if Marie Kondo has just optimized your entire life. If you decide to go with a digital background, it’s still a good idea to tidy up before your job interview.