The use of Zoom and other videoconferencing platforms has exploded during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Recruiters and hiring managers filling positions for which they’d normally conduct in-person interviews are turning to this technology to do Zoom interviews.
If you have an upcoming Zoom interview for a job, the following job interview tips should help increase your chances of landing the role.
1. Practice using Zoom.
If you are not very experienced using the Zoom platform, time is of the essence to familiarize yourself with it in case you have an upcoming Zoom interview. Fortunately, Zoom is a free app that can be downloaded on a computer or mobile device. Just try using it with a family member or friend. This will allow you to become a more confident Zoom user with all of its features and settings. Once your Zoom interview is scheduled, you’ll be ready to knock it out of the park.
2. Be cognizant of your environment when on a Zoom interview.
While you might be doing a Zoom interview in your bedroom, it’s important to be aware of your environment during such a meeting. Consider these tips:
- Use the mute button if necessary. If you can reduce the noise level of a firetruck going by your house, a dog barking, or your kids playing Xbox in the other room, do so when you can. This will show that you’re in control of your environment and care about what sounds you are transmitting over the Zoom connection.
- Silence your phone and other electronic devices. Turn on “do not disturb” on your phone, turn off the TV, and eliminate any other potential distractions directly in your home or apartment.
- Make sure you look presentable on camera. This means doing the Zoom interview in a brightly lit place where your face and facial expressions are visible to the interviewer. Look directly into your computer’s camera and do your best to maintain eye contact. Be sure there is nothing too distracting in the background behind you, and clean up the space if it might appear messy or disorganized on camera. Plus, while you might be at home, dress appropriately for the Zoom interview as if you were doing it in an office environment.
3. Make sure your technology is all in working order.
Because we all know technology has a mind of its own, be sure you’re all set for the Zoom interview. Consider the following to be certain you’ve dotted all of your I’s and crossed all of your T’s:
- Check your Internet connection. Just make sure your Internet is working properly and it is up to par in terms of its normal speed. If not, reset your modem or router.
- Use a computer. You may be able to get a more stable Internet connection on a desktop or laptop computer compared to using a mobile device. Plus, the sound may come across a little louder and clearer.
- Charge your laptop. If using a laptop, make sure it is fully charged since being on Zoom for a good amount of time can impact your battery.
4. Stay focused on the Zoom interview.
It probably goes without saying, but a Zoom interview can present more distractions than a face-to-face meeting in a conference room. That’s why you should be even more focused on Zoom. Do the interview in a quiet place and try to prevent any distractions from interfering with such an important conversation.
Using headphones or earbuds is another good way to help you focus on listening to the interviewer. They can help block out other noises and distractions.
5. Communicate with your household that you’ll be on a Zoom interview.
Whether you live with your parents, significant other, kids, or roommates of any kind, make sure everyone in your household is aware of your Zoom interview. Tell them when it is and how long you expect it to last. This way, they can be prepared to be quiet and try their best not to bother you during your interview. The last thing you want is your son to start playing his electric guitar right after your Zoom interview begins.
6. Utilize traditional job interview tips for your Zoom interview.
While it’s being done virtually, many of the same job interview tips you’ve heard over time are still applicable to a Zoom interview. These include:
- Showing enthusiasm for the job and interview opportunity
- Clearly and concisely answering the questions from the interviewer
- Discussing your most relevant experience
- Asking questions of the employer