As the economy of our country continues to get back on its footing after the pandemic lock-downs, more and more people are finding themselves landing on online interviews. This is because of two main reasons: the first reason is that businesses have recognized the lack of need for calling the interviewee in person because they did just fine with recruitment over video when coronavirus was still prevalent and everyone was working from home.
The second reason lies in the fact that more people are finding themselves in the recruitment process. After all, businesses are just restarting their expansion campaigns and previously laid-off employees are finding new job opportunities in the new normal.
In the case that you are one of the many Americans who have just landed an opportunity to impress a hiring manager through a job interview, we are here to help you ace this golden moment that you have anticipated for a long time indeed. In this article, we will be enlisting as well as detailing all the important factors you need to keep in mind to ace your interview.
1. Get Quality Infrastructure
Well, we know that may very well have not been employed for a while and you are struggling with finances but the truth of the matter is that life is all about making the right investments. And if you can squeeze some money out of your budget, we think setting up a quality technical infrastructure, not only for your upcoming interview but also for all the interviews you will have in the near future, is probably the best investment you can make.
By technical infrastructure, we mean getting a laptop with a processor fast enough to run basic programs and a camera good enough to show a clear picture of you. If your computer is fast enough but it does not have a camera that is up to the mark, you can invest in a webcam. After all, it does not make sense to buy a whole new laptop just for a better camera (a new laptop costs thousands of dollars while a webcam costs much lesser.)
2. Invest In Top-Notch Internet
This point could very well have been included in the preceding paragraph but we chose to put it in a separate section just to highlight its importance. No matter if you have the fastest laptop in the world, your connection will still lag during your all-important interview in case your internet does not make the cut.
Thus, it is extremely crucial for you to be subscribed to a speedy internet connection that is quick enough not only in sending information from your computer to your interviewer’s computer but also vice versa. That means both the download and upload speeds need to be good. Alongside being speedy, the internet also needs to be consistent and reliable.
Needless to say, no interviewer would appreciate a seamless video connection for half of the conversation and a laggy one for the other half. In the case that you do not already have a top internet connection, invest in one of the Xfinity internet package. This internet service provision brand is known for the two things we highlighted in the preceding sentences – dependability and speed.
3. Do Your Research
In the case that you thought we were telling you to get top-notch internet only so that you could have a seamless connection with your interviewer on the video call, get that thought out of your head. We recommended good internet also because doing online research ahead of the interview is the real key to success. There are many applicants for a top-notch job and, to stand out, it is necessary to show the interviewer that you have done your research.
Research extensively about the company you want to be part of, the role you are applying for, and the interviewer. These could include knowing the company’s values and work culture, understanding what needs to be done to do well in the corresponding position and getting to know what your interviewer does during their workday.
It is a fact that the overwhelming majority of us are nervous during interviews. And when we are nervous, we tend to forget what we learned during prior research. Thus, make sure you are noting all the relevant findings of your research in a notebook and have that notebook handy during the interview.
Showing good communication is a very important part of the interview. You must speak clearly and display confident body language. Rehearsing your answers to potential questions, especially in the form of mock interviews, is the way to better your communication. Another good way to rehearse is to videotape your answers on camera and evaluate your performance.
The fact that your dream employer called you for an interview after reviewing your resume is proof that you already have the basic qualification to do well in the role you applied for. We believe that if you invest in the right infrastructure, do your research, and rehearse, you will leave the interview with a pretty good chance of advancing in the recruiting process.