Whether we like it or not, Covid-19 has forever changed the way we work and the way we secure jobs. More and more companies are finding the virtual way to go about doing processes such as recruiting personnel… Unfortunately for those of us who have neglected to get familiar with all these “online things”, I’m afraid it’s fast becoming a determining factor in whether or not you’ll get the gig.
There’s no doubt that you are qualified, skilled and probably perfect for that job that you applied for. However, there are probably 100 other candidates who are right there with you and could also argue that they are perfect for the job.
So, the little things are going to become big things and now that we are doing everything virtually, it is really worth knowing and polishing those skills. You need to rock the hell out of that virtual interview and this here is a young guide.
Dress Up And Put Your Camera On
If you are the kind of person that lights up the room with their presence, you may have been depending on that magical quality to get you through interviews in the past. Covid-19 and living during a pandemic have successfully ripped that magic carpet from right under you. So what do you do now… use what you can and use it brilliantly. Always put your camera on, that’s the closest the panel will get to know you, your face, your expressions, your non-verbal communication.
Then apply everything you would have done if you were going for the interview in some office park. Dress professionally. When the interview begins, sit upright. Make the best first impression possible by being as professional as possible. This is still a professional setting, don’t be fooled by the fact that you are at home.
Try Your Best To Have The Best Connectivity Possible
The worst thing that can happen is your connectivity weakening when you are flowing with your responses and the next thing nobody hears your brilliant 5-minute answer to why you are the best candidate for the job.
So as far as you can, make sure you prepare yourself mentally for this. Also, you know the best spots for connectivity, scout them and choose the best spot and sit there. Don’t panic when you get cut or chucked out via a weak signal, text them or email then try to go back in. Take a deep breath and knock the socks off of the interview panel.
Don’t Let Technology Dribble You
Or even better, don’t let Eskom ruin your chances of employment. They don’t always stick to the schedule (which is just typical of Eskom) but always make sure that you know when they plan to load shed your area. This way, you can tell the potential employer to move you to a slot where you are certain you will have electricity. Otherwise, charge your devices and if you can have back-ups.
Also if you are not as tech-savvy as ama2000, perhaps you may wanna test some stuff like how to successfully log into Zoom or Google Meet your Team or Skype or whatever. Familiarize yourself with the interface on whatever platform your interview will take place. The last thing you want is to be dribbled by the mute button while the panel waits for you to answer why you think you deserve the job!
Do Your Research
This goes without saying, you need to do some research on the company you are applying for. You need to know their culture, how they do things, what they do specifically and where they are located. Just to be prepared when they ask you if you are aware of what they offer or where they are located.
Be As Confident As Possible
You may think that since they can't physically see you or read your postures and body language, it will be easier for you. The camera may be small and may not fit your whole body but just a section of it, however, your voice could show if you aren't confident as well as your facial expressions. Make sure you are ready and know everything there is to know, especially the job description.