Ah the virtual interview…as if 2020 wasn’t weird enough, we’ve now been forced to transition a sometimes-excruciating process from an in-person meeting into a series of tele-conferences hosted online. (I mean, how are you supposed to show off that firm grip in the parting handshake?) But all jokes aside, the truth remains that although you’re not technically showing up at the interview, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show up for the interview. So, to help you nail that dream job, we’ve put together a list of our top tips for crushing the Zoom Interview.
We’ve all heard the stories…guy thinks he can get away with web interview sans pants. Guy gets caught with pants down (or well without them at all). Guy becomes meme. Do you really want to become a meme right now? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
That being said, we cannot stress enough how important it is to dress your best even when conducting an interview over video. First impressions still count even when they aren’t in person so throw on that xSuit, comb your hair and score a 10/10 while dressed to the 9’s.
Double Check Your Tech
There’s always that one person who joins the Zoom conference without realizing their video or audio isn’t connected. We’ve even done it once or twice ourselves. And while it isn’t usually cause for too much harm when it happens internally, this little blunder can look sloppy when you’re supposed to be prepared for your interview call.
SO, before your call, make sure your battery is charged or connected to an outlet, your video and audio work and your internet is functioning properly. Of course, there will be times when we fall victim to 2020’s Law…sorry I mean Murphy’s Law, but by being prepared you have a better chance of avoiding any hiccups. Like Joe Exotic once said ever so eloquently, “It’s better to be proactive, than reactive.”
Nothing but Net(work)
If you’ve recently checked LinkedIn, you may have noticed that more and more of your connections are announcing that they’ve been laid off. However, as a response a lot of people are lending their support by posting comments encouraging them to reach out. As a professional networking platform, this is literally what LinkedIn was designed for. So, take advantage of the access to people you may have previously worked with, 2nd and 3rd connections and other resources that you can find by navigating the network that was designed to help you expand yours.
Speaking of Expanding...Change up the Conversation
Small talk around Coronavirus has become the new ‘weather talk’ for a few months now…and for obvious reasons. And while you may be eager to engage in some polite chatter to break the ice with your potential new employer, why not expand the conversation towards something that will give the interviewer a reason to remember you (in addition to your impressive resume of course). Whenever it's appropriate, an interview offers you the chance to build a rapport and establish a relationship with the contact who may be the difference between you getting the job or getting rejected from it. So, whether its sports, vacation plans or honestly, even the weather since it’s not like we talk about that anymore, shying away from the topic that has been in our face for months, might be a nice change for both you and the person you’re interviewing with.
The Thank You Note
Again, this is an interview which means it still requires a timely follow up to thank your contact for taking the time to speak with you. Doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, just a simple note that displays an interest in being considered for next steps. You’d be shocked to learn how many people forget to do something as basic as the thank you note, but truth be told that it’s a very important detail that sometimes gets left behind…just like your resume will if you don’t send one.
To sum everything up, be sure to treat your Zoom interview as if it was an ordinary one you’ve done plenty of times before. There’s not one reason why you should take this any less seriously just because it's being conducted over a video conference. If anything, it should encourage you to look at this as an opportunity and capitalize on it. No chance of getting stuck in traffic, stressing about your boss finding out when you aren’t in the office or rushing around only to show up with sweat stains (not that you would if wearing your xSuit). So, suit up, feel confident and crush this interview like the gentleman you are.