Online Interview Tips

What exactly are online job interviews?

Online interviews are a way to evaluate candidates remotely. Instead of meeting in person or talking on the phone, recruiters and hiring managers can interview candidates virtually, using video interview software (e.g. Spark Hire) or communication tools (e.g. Zoom SkypeHangouts).

A video interview is usually preferred at early hiring stages as a method to screen a large number of candidates quickly and effectively. It can also be useful when candidates and interviewers are in different locations and can’t meet face to face. They’re a great solution, too, when you want to reach untapped talent, such as remote candidates or employees who prefer flexible work options.

Employers who wish to conduct video interviews during their hiring process need to have a type of video interview software  and basic video interview equipment, computer’s built-in microphone, camera and speakers will work fine in this case. It’s also useful to choose where to do video interviews; a quiet room with no distractions is appropriate in this case.

Remember that online interviews are just as important as in-person interviews. Your interview could get you to the next round or even a job offer if the company handles all the interviewing online.

Here’s how to get ready for your interview:

   • Download the software ahead of time so that you’ll have the opportunity to get used to it.

   • Dress professionaly even if you are sitting down. Wear nice pants and shoes, as you never know when you will have to stand up. Plus, dressing the part will help you get your head in the game.

   • Clear your workspace and any clutter that is behind you so that it doesn’t show up on the screen. You don’t want your interviewer to be distracted by visual noise in the room or to assume that your disorganized space is a sign of how you’d perform as a worker.

   • Make sure that you are in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed by people, pets, etc. Turn off your ringer, any alarms, and electronics that are likely to interrupt.

   • Have a piece of paper and a pen ready so that you are not scrambling to find them later.

    • Have a copy of your resume in your sightline in case you have to refer to dates, job titles, or numbers.

    • Smile and focus as much as possible and try to behave as if you’re in a regular, in-person interview. Look into the camera, listen attentively, and engage with your interviewer. Don’t just wait for your turn to speak.

    • Practice using your webcam equipment before the interview, so you are sure everything is in working order and that you’re comfortable interviewing on video.

Sample Online Interview Questions and Answers

This is one of the most common interview questions and answers can be tough to formulate. In your answer highlight how your skills, knowledge and experience fit the job and the company profile and your family member.

This is where your homework comes into play. Know as much as possible about the job and the company before you sit down for your interview. Describe to the interviewer how your experience is relevant to these requirements and how you have successfully demonstrated these skills in your previous positions

Discuss your related skills and experience. Highlight your on-point competencies. Discuss your all-round fit with the job and company. Find your unique selling point, something that can differentiate you from the competition.

You need to persuade the interviewer that your skills and strengths will be of great benefit to the company. Your interview answer should focus on why it would be the right move for them to hire you rather than why it is the right move for you to take the job. You must convince the employer that not only can you do the job better than other candidates but that you want to do it. Focus on a couple of reasons why this job and company is a good fit

Interviewers like to ask about a candidate’s leisure activities and personal projects because it provides insight into the individual’s motivations, character and life/work balance.

Candidates often struggle to answer this question as they try to tailor their answer to include what they think are impressive pursuits. It is more productive to be honest but always explain why you enjoy and participate in these activities.

It is critical to have a couple of insightful questions ready to ask. Prepare these ahead of time. Avoid asking anything that has already been answered during your interview or something you could easily have picked up from the job posting.

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