INTERVIEWING ONLINE – A GUIDE TO WEBCAM, SKYPE AND ZOOM INTERVIEWS GETTING READY FOR AN ONLINE INTERVIEW: • Download the software ahead of time and test the software so that you’ll have the opportunity to get used to it. This will help you feel more confident when the interview comes as you won’t be worried about handling the software • Create a professional username, such as a variation of your real name as it appears on your resume if it’s available • Dress professionally even if you are sitting down. Wear nice pants and shoes, as you never know when you will have to stand up. Plus, dressing the part will help you get your head in the game • Clear your workspace and any clutter that is behind you so that it doesn't show up on the screen. You don’t want your interviewer to be distracted by visual noise in the room or to assume that your disorganized space is a sign of how you’d perform as a worker • Pay attention to the lighting. You do not want to have light sources behind you since that will leave your face in the shadows • Make sure that you are in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed by people, pets, etc. Turn off your ringer, any alarms, and electronics that are likely to interrupt or distract you during the interview • Have a piece of paper and a pen ready so that you are not scrambling to find them later o It will be important for you to write notes during the interview and you can also document any questions you struggle with to work on later • Have a copy of your resume in your sightline in case you have to refer to dates, job titles, or numbers • Smile and focus as much as possible and try to behave as if you’re in a regular, in-person interview. Look into the camera, listen attentively, and engage with your interviewer. Don’t just wait for your turn to speak. • Practice using your webcam equipment before the interview, so you are sure everything is in working order and that you’re comfortable interviewing on video THE VIDEO INTERVIEW PROCESS: • The company selects candidates for video interviews • Arrangements for an interview are scheduled—at home with your own webcam/laptop, a company office, an off-site location with a webcam setup, or via a webcam sent to the applicant o Many laptops now have webcams built into them as well • The company will provide instructions on how the interview will work • There will typically be 10 - 15 questions related to the job the company is hiring for o Prepare for these questions by studying common interview questions WHAT IS AN ONLINE INTERVIEW? • The interviewer will often use popular video conferencing software like Skype or Zoom. Many employers use this type of an interview to weed out unqualified candidates; however, many employers are using this method of interviewing as their main interview strategy • If you’re not familiar with these technologies, it’s a good idea to practice using them with a friend before conducting the interview • It often takes a few tries to get the hang of angling the camera so that your whole face (and not just your left nostril or the top of your head) is in the frame. Plus, you’ll want to find a flattering angle and practice “making eye contact” with the interviewer via the camera HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: • The Niagara Employment Help Centre is here to help you be successful with interviews. We offer Mock Interviews where we can test your interview skills and provide feedback. • We also offer an Interview Techniques workshop which can assist you with learning more about answering common interview questions • If you are uncertain about the assistance you may need, ask your Employment Consultant for further guidance. • Our Resource Area staff members are here to help you; therefore, don’t be afraid to ask them for their opinion if you are uncertain. If you would like further assistance with your job search, please contact our Centre directly at 905-358-0021 ext 0 to book an appointment with an Employment Consultant.