In Part 1 of this series, I shared some key tips and strategies to help you put your best foot forward in an online interview. In this post, I’d like to add to that foundation.
In today’s changing business world, many interviews and other meetings are moving to online platforms like Zoom, out of necessity. Because of this, leaders must shift their interviewing strategies to stand out as a top candidate.
Dress to Impress
Although it takes some forethought and prep time, setting up your professional background can give you a measure of confidence that will help you excel in your interview.
While it may feel strange to get dressed up for a video interview held in your living room, this additional step will go a long way toward presenting a professional appearance. (You wouldn’t show up to a traditional interview in jeans and a sweatshirt, would you?)
In a video interview, the person you’re talking to can see you – but they can only see what you choose to let them see. The old saying applies: make good choices.
Dress and groom yourself the same way you would as if you were meeting in person. Take the extra time to let yourself look and feel your best. This will both show your hiring party that you’re serious about the position and give you an additional layer of confidence.
Go the extra mile by practicing and testing in front of your laptop, tablet or phone – whatever option you choose to use.
You’re prepared. You’ve got this.
Prepare for the Interview Intelligently and Physically
Most of the time, remote interviews will be held for first-round candidates; it’s just easier than having dozens of people (or more) come into the office. In this case, you’ll want to prepare by doing your research.
Take some time to read up on the company, its leadership team, and (if possible), your interviewer. Read through their website and find what sets them apart. Where would you fit in, and in what ways can you make a positive difference?
If you can find your interviewer on LinkedIn, take a few minutes to read through their profile. What are some of their accomplishments? Where did they go to school? What companies or people are they interested in?
However, their profile can often tell you a bit about their personality as well. Are they creative? Analytical? Strategic? People-oriented? You may be able to find common ground or at least what is important to your interviewer, even before you meet.Being able to gauge this ahead of time can offer you a definite advantage in your interview.
If you’d like to know more about how to engage and communicate with various personality types, let me know – I offer a free, quick assessment that will help you immensely.
Setting You Up for Success
There is more to the interview process, to be sure, but the above strategies will help you position yourself for success. If you would like further assistance or coaching, please reach out to me on LinkedIn or schedule a free Coaching Sample Session to see if we’re a good fit to work together. I offer several different coaching services to fit your schedule and budget.
Your career success, satisfaction, and personal happiness are my main goal – and I’d like to help you achieve them!