There's a chance your next job interview could be via WebEx or a similar tool. That means you'll be participating in an online video conference where the folks screening you, may not meet you in person until you walk in the door. Your first, last and final impression will be via web cam.
That can be really scary for some people.
But we are here to offer you reassurance. This doesn't have to be hard or scary. It's different but in some ways, it might even be better. All you need to do is be prepared and like any interview, put your best foot forward.
Everyday Interview Tips has a simple one-page tutorial of all aspects of an online interview that will help you prepare. They say:
Basic interview tips still apply to online interviews. Make sure you research the company, provide positive answers, etc. Online interviews also require some extra preparation with the setting and the equipment. Make sure that you are well prepared for you online interview and you will perform as well as an in-person interview. read the blog
What you need to know.
In addition to their tips about dressing for the interview and preparing the setting, they share a few great tips that are exclusive to the online experience. We agree with everything they say and have a few more of our own:
1. Make sure you have the meeting link. We recommend pasting it into your calendar and making sure you have a copy on your mobile phone. If something should happen and you can't get to your computer, you can join a WebEx using the free mobile app.
2. Before you join, turn off all other applications you are running on your desktop. It's likely you won't have to share anything from your computer, but just in case you do, you don't want anything embarrassing to pop up during that time. Especially email, chat or instant messages. Also, close open tabs on your browser that aren't associated with your meeting.
3. Remember to pause. Video conferences are like telephone conferences - you need to allow a second for others to interject or ask questions. So even though you are talking about your experience and interests, make sure to pause occasionally so the interviewer can comment. This will create a more relaxed, conversational experience.
Do you have additional tips? Let us know by commenting on this story. And if you are the one being interviewed - good luck!