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Best practices for a successful interview via web conference

During this quarantine period, many continue to perform their tasks remotely. This also counts for the human resources department. Besides, surely many may take time to do a job search. In short, the recruitment process follows its normal course with one exception; selection interviews are conducted remotely. Does it change anything? Yes!

Here are some practices to put in place to make your interview via web conference successful.

Prepare your environment for the interview

Install yourself in a quiet place before starting the meeting. It will be difficult for your interlocutors to hear you if your dishwasher works in the same room. You also need to be seated in a chair, with your computer or phone on a solid surface; an interview is not the time to lie on your sofa, even if it is very comfortable.

Also pay attention to the decor behind you. We want to make a good impression during an interview. Showing the pile of dirty dishes that are accumulating could undermine this goal. At its simplest, we install ourselves in front of a plain wall or at least, we make sure that the background is in order a little.

Notify other residents that you will be interviewed

We’ve all seen these videos of a family member walking in the background of a videoconference in unprofessional attire. A simple remedy for this embarrassing incident is to warn others in your home that you will be interviewed. Let them know when, how long and where you will be staying. They will avoid disturbing you during this crucial moment for your new opportunity. At the same time, maybe they can also avoid running noisy appliances?

Obviously, most recruiters will understand if a young child is disturbing, or if the dog is barking. However, as much as possible, try to minimize the disturbances that could occur during the meeting.

Stay professional

The same rules as in a regular interview apply! We dress according to the job; whether it’s in full dress or in business attire, but in any case, pajamas are not appropriate. Although a conference call can sometimes seem less formal, it is essential to maintain a professional attitude. Unless otherwise indicated, using a professional language is essential, as are all the usual forms of courtesy. Again, you have to make a good impression!

Test the equipment before the interview

When you log in, this is not the time to have a computer problem. It only takes a few minutes, but it will avoid a lot of hassle. Try your microphone, your headphones if you have them and the connection. If possible, try to get the internet links or contacts for the interview a little early. For example, using Teams or Zoom, you can download the applications in advance, or test the “meeting rooms”. If you are using Skype, it is possible to add the contact person in advance and send a short text to confirm the interview, and at the same time confirm that you have the right contact.

Be on time

Needless to say, we always have to be on time for an interview. This also applies to a remote interview! We could have included this advice in the professionalism category, but it is a key element that deserves its own paragraph.  Log in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time, then “enter” into on-time meetings. Excuses from traffic jams or that you cannot find a parking place will not pass for this interview.

Be patient

Sometimes, even after testing everything in advance, technical problems may arise on the side of the interviewer as well as yours. Our last piece of advice: be patient. If you are asked to repeat, it’s for a better understanding of your answer. It may be your microphone, or the other person’s headphones. At other times, your video may freeze. In any case, stay patient. We avoid sighs. It may even increase the value of your application, who knows?

Selection interviews are stressful moments that you must prepare to put the odds on our side. Remotely, there are a few key points to watch, but it’s not rocket science either.