Contributions by Brandon Prideaux
- Act just like you would for an in-person interview. This means just because you didn’t have to leave the house, you should still dress professionally.
- Find a quiet space to take the meeting and make sure your background is distraction free. Also, make sure to check for window glares.
- Have a test call with a friend or family member beforehand to make sure your audio and video are working well.
- Log in early. Just like you would arrive early to an in-person interview.
- Have some questions prepared ahead of time and written down beside you.
- Grab a bottle of water. Bottle is important so that you don’t accidently spill it while you are nervous.
- Look into the camera when you are answering questions. Not the screen. Also, minimize the video of yourself if you can. It will keep you from watching yourself the whole time.
- If you are at the end of the meeting, and rambling. Stop. And say “I want to respect your time. I can finish my answer, or we can wrap the meeting and I can get you the answer via email”. This shows that you understand the constructs of the digital world and you can work within it.
Bonus tip for Interviewers:
Print your interview questions and physically write the answers. Whether you are or are not multitasking during the interview (and you shouldn’t be) it will look like you are if you are typing the answers to your interview questions in a word doc or other. Just print and write them manually like we used to do back in the day. Your candidate will respect you more and the time you gave them.