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Preparing for a digital interview

In order to save money and time on traveling, companies are taking advantage of the virtual power of digital meetings. Especially now in these times of Covid-19. Digital meetings are very common now and it allows HR and hiring managers to “meet” you and see how you present yourself on appearance and interpersonal communication skills.

Digital meetings offer a way to create a great first impression. You want to take your digital interview seriously and make every effort to treat it like a real interview that captures the interviewer's attention.

There are a number of digital meeting tools available, for example, TEAMS, Zoom, Google meet, and Skype. Make sure you know how the specific program works, for which you have been invited. Each program has its different audio settings for example and you want to avoid missing too much time on not hearing or seeing the person you are speaking to.

Tips for a successful digital interview:

  • Treat a digital interview as a real face-to-face interview and create a great first impression.
  • Be yourself – relax, smile, and let your personality show through.
  • Practice on a digital meeting (or the specific tool) before the interview. Practice making eye contact with the camera on the device. One trick is to tape a photo of somebody next to the web-cam lens. Make sure your device is ready as the meeting starts. Connect a few minutes before the meeting starts.
  • Speak slowly and clearly. Try to eliminate all potential noise (barking dogs, ringing telephones).
  • Create a background that is neat and professional.
  • Check lighting so it is adequate and not too bright which will close down the iris on the webcam. Place lights in a position that illuminates your face without shadows.
  • Be sure to sit up and maintain a straight posture.
  • Dress for success as if it were an in-person interview
  • Prepare the questions you would like to ask and the answers to the most common interview questions (your motivation and your strong and weak points).
  • Make sure you have done the due diligence on the company where you are applying for a position at.

Good luck!

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