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Preparing for Online Interviews

A man in a suit preparing for an internet interview with a city street in the background.

Author: Jojo Varona

In our current employment climate, more and more interviews are conducted in different ways. Most employers will often hold first-round interviews through video chat.

Online interviews require preparation, but with a bit of practice, you’ll be ready for any question they present.

Here are a few tips:

  • First and foremost, make sure that you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and that you won’t have any issues with logging in to the interview.

  • Add the appropriate software required to your device, prior to your interview to ensure that you are not scrambling at the last minute.

  • Make sure that you have a designated professional space where you can conduct the interview and that there will be no interruptions and there will be no distractions.

  • Silence your mobile phone.

  • Most video interviews will be similar to an in-person interview. You can expect to be asked the same series of questions, such as why you’re interested in the company/role and why you’re looking to leave your current position.

  • You may also be asked to submit and present a portfolio depending on the position and industry you’re applying to.

  • Before the interview, review your resume thoroughly - your work history, portfolio, and any other relevant information.

  • Practice talking on camera before your first actual interview.

  • Running through a mock interview with friends or through online resources will give you a feel for the questions that may be asked and how to speak clearly.

  • Dress appropriately and professionally like you are meeting the interviewer in person.

Good luck!!!

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