The Covid pandemic changed the way we communicate and collaborate in the workplace. And today, for many, how we interact is still less about face-to-face communication and more about meeting online where body language is framed by what your webcam picks up and verbal communication may be hindered by connectivity issues.
As a result, we've adjusted to new behaviors, and nowhere is this more true than in preparing for that Big Interview - Online! Plus if you’re successful - and get that job - you may find yourself working with colleagues on a virtual basis for a big portion of the time.
As with anything, preparation is key. How we prepare for an interview is extremely important but we need to follow a few extra pointers in this new world of work! In this blog, we offer suggestions and tips for anyone preparing to do an interview in an online environment.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell
Treat the interview as if it were going to be a regular face-to-face interview. While you might not be physically in the same room as your interviewer(s), you will still be making a first impression, and that should be a positive one.
A note on communicating via video call
Experts say that speaking on a video call is very different and more difficult than natural human communication, and this might affect how successfully you think you have managed your interview. Speaking through a screen makes it harder to process non-verbal cues - like facial expressions and tone of voice - as well as there being a different flow of natural silences in the conversation. We are also more aware of being watched, as you are looking at yourself while you are speaking.
Read more about these issues on this story from the BBC website.
Generally, at the end of an interview, the interview panel will outline next steps and a timeline to the process. Alternatively, this can be a question that you can ask the interviewer(s).
Dropping a thank you email is always a nice touch. This is a useful way to keep you in the minds of the interview panel, and also show that you are passionate about this role.
Follow up appropriately. In most instances, an interviewer will tell you when they will be in touch. If you are told there is a specific date that they will be contacting you, it is important that you wait until that date has passed before you make contact yourself. At that point a gentle email saying hello will do no harm.
If you have been unsuccessful in being offered a role, it is always important to ask for feedback. This is a great opportunity to find out areas that you can improve on, and will allow you to be better prepared for the next interview.
Check out some of our videos in our Career Section including this one giving you Top Tips for Interview Success.
From all of us at DMI, Good Luck!
“Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared” Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability