Convenience of Online Job Interviews

Job interviews tend to be at least a little bit stressful for anyone. And while some might think that having the luxury of doing an online job interview instead of one in person would ease some of the stress a little bit, the truth is that there are still many things that can go wrong in an online job interview setting. And while it may make the interviewee feel a little bit more relaxed to be able to attend an interview from the comfort and convenience of their own home, it is still important to act as though you are at a real job interview and seeing the person (or group of people) interviewing you face to face.

Mistakes to Avoid in an Online Job Interview

First of all, it is important to take the time to clean and prepare the general area where your interview is going to take place, if you are going to be seen on webcam. After all, you will want to project an image of cleanliness and organization, and so having a neat and well-maintained space surrounding you in the interview can help to project that successful image. Making the mistake of interviewing with a messy desk or clutter in the background can easily give off a bad first impression and could possibly cost you the job.

Be sure to test your equipment before the interview starts. It is important to keep in mind that you are probably not the only candidate for the job, so you are going to want to be as respectful of your interviewers’ time as possible. This means that the interview should be able to start promptly, and the equipment such as webcams and microphones on your side of the table should be working and functioning properly. So be sure not to make the mistake of assuming that your webcam is properly hooked up or not testing your microphone to ensure that it is working before the interview. If you do, and there is an equipment malfunction, then you may project the image that you are unprepared and this could also lower your chances of being offered the job.

Finally, it is important to dress for success. Do not think that, just because the interview is being done online or over webcam, that it should be taken any less seriously than an in person job interview. Sure, it might seem a little strange to get dressed up just p sit at home in front of a computer screen, but if you fail to dress well, this could give off the impression to your potential employer that you do not care or take the job seriously, and this is the last thing that you want to happen.

Some Final Reminders for an Online Job Interview

If you take the care to avoid the above mistakes in your online interview, then you should be able to have a fair chance at success. Overall, just remember to be yourself and try to remain as confident as possible. Good luck!

About the author: One of the greatest challenges for Damian is contributing on marketing strategy for mining recruitment project, an Australian job search website.


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