Digital recruitment and the world of online interviews

Any job interview can be daunting at the best of times, but with ever advancing technologies, the world of interviews is evolving and virtual methods of recruitment are on the rise. While online interviews will largely be similar to face-to-face interviews, there are can be some key differences to be aware of, so it’s important to be as prepared as possible! We’ve put together some top tips to help you sail through your next digital recruitment challenge!

Educate

Online interviews require the same level of preparation as face-to-face interviews, so make sure you do a lot of research on the company you are applying to. Visit their website and social media channels and find out the core values and culture, so you can demonstrate why you would be a good fit. It’s also a good idea to keep a pen and paper nearby so you can jot down any important information throughout the interview.

Environment

Be sure to choose the best place for your interview to take place. This should be somewhere that is quiet and free from distractions and disturbances. Clear away any clutter and make sure the space is clean, quiet, bright and well organized. Well-presented surroundings can help create a positive impression and shows the kind of employee that you might be. Think of your environment as a reflection of you and take advantage of the opportunity to present yourself in a positive light. It is also important ensure that you are dressed appropriately. Dressing in formal attire will help to get you in the professional mind-set and ensure that you are focused on the task ahead. You might be sitting comfortably at home but dressing well shows the employer that you are a serious candidate that aims to impress.

Equipment

Check that your equipment is functioning effectively and that your internet connection is sufficient. Ensure your devices are fully charged and that your chargers are nearby to prepare for any potential issues. If the process requires webcam/microphone functions, be sure you have tested these prior to the interview taking place.

Engagement

For online interviews, it is particularly important to use body language and visual cues to show you are engaging with the discussions and the information being delivered. If you are on video call with the employer, make sure you are looking directly at the camera and not at the screen to ensure good eye contact. Try to sit in a comfortable seat so that you have good posture and are able to demonstrate that you are listening attentively. Smile, make conversation and speak clearly and concisely. This is the employer’s first visual impression of you so make it count!

 

Better Jobs, Better Futures provides in-depth interview support for both individuals and businesses. To find out more about the support we can offer, get in touch: info@betterjobsbetterfutures.wales.