Preparing for an interview? Whether in person or through video conferencing (like Zoom), you should still follow the same etiquette. That’s to say, just because you’re interviewing via Zoom, it doesn’t make your interview any less formal. You’re still meeting people for the first time, with a focus on impressing them to land your next job. Interviews are serious business on your career path!
Six Best Practices for Your Next Interview
To show your best “interview manners,” do all the following:
- Arrive on time. Or in other words, 15 minutes early. Map out the location beforehand and maybe even practice driving there, if you need to. As you wait in the lobby for your interview, review common questions and answers. If you’ll have your interview over Zoom, test your equipment ahead of time to make sure it works, and plan to log in a few minutes early. Have your charger nearby, just in case.
- Dress to impress. This is a no-brainer for an in-person interview. But even over video, you should dress in full interview attire. Don’t dress only your top half (while wearing shorts on the bottom, for example) in case you need to stand up during the interview. You just never know if a pet or child will wander into the room, or you’ll need to stand up for any other reason—and you don’t want the embarrassment of informal clothing on your lower half.
- Shake hands… or at least smile. In-person, of course, you’ll shake hands with your interviewer. But over Zoom, you obviously can’t do that. At the very least, smile and nod when you meet your interviewer and introduce yourself.
- Be prepared to talk about yourself. “So, tell me about yourself” is a question you’re bound to be asked, so have your answer ready to go. Remember, they’re not looking for your life story. They want to know a little about your educational background and any experience that qualifies you for the position, as well as why you’re passionate about your field.
- Do your research and ask questions. Out of respect for the interviewer’s time, do your homework before your interview. Do an online search to learn more about the company and the role you’ve applied to. Prepare 3-5 interview questions you’ll be ready to ask.
- Say thank you. Gratitude goes a long way. Always thank the interviewer for their time, and be sure you have their contact information. Send a thank-you note (by snail mail or email) right after the interview to reiterate why you’re a good fit, answer any unanswered questions and, of course, say thank you again!
What happens if your interview doesn’t go well?
That’s OK—just try again! Happy Faces Personnel Group can help you find interviews for exciting new jobs in the Atlanta area. To learn more, contact us today!