If you have recently received a request for a digital interview, don’t panic. Digital interviews present an opportunity to make a great first impression and market yourself prior to an on-site interview with hiring managers.
Show the recruiter you deserve to continue on in the process by making sure that you ace your digital interview. Digital interviewing sounds are convenient and more relaxed. However, it can be easy to mess this up. The most common mistakes applicants make during a digital interview are:
#1 Taking the interview in a dark area.
#2 Moving the camera around while speaking.
#3 Forgetting to dress to impress.
Even though the interview is not being conducted in person you want to know to make sure to treat it like the real thing.
You should prep before the interview because you will have an allotted time to answer each question.
Jot down a few notes of highlights and examples of the roles you held that make you the perfect candidate. However, endure that you are not reading from anything while responding to the questions.
Remember, you never know who will be watching this video.
Here are helpful tips to give you an advantage and ace the digital interview:
#1 Make sure you have great lighting and a neat background.
You will be given the option to use a smartphone or laptop. I recommend using a laptop. It will be difficult to hold a phone at a certain angle and speak at the same time. It’s okay if you don’t have a webcam. Your smartphone will work just remember to be mindful of the camera moving.
Keep the camera at a good angle that flatters you and makes sure the background lighting is bright. Also, don’t forget your background. Pick the cleanest area of your home with the best lighting.
#2 Act like this is the real thing.
Smile and look happy to be answering the questions. Imagine the recruiter is sitting in front of you. Do whatever it takes to make it feel like the real thing.
Dress professionally and look your absolute best. Sit up straight and look directly into the camera while speaking. If it will help you pretend that the recruiter is there. Resist the temptation to watch yourself on the monitor.
#3 Be confident!
Remember to speak slowly and clearly. Be confident with your responses. The job market is right. Calm your nerves. Be natural and charming. Speak directly into the camera. Use straightforward responses. Also prior to the interview prepare a few statements.
You control the pace of the interview. However, the faster you do it the more confident you will look. As long as each question has been answered with the best response. Finishing quickly will give you a competitive edge.
#4 Maintain eye contact.
Don’t read from anything during the interview. Maintain eye contact with the camera as if the interviewer were sitting right there. This is also a display of confidence. There is a way to ensure you won’t hesitate while recording your responses to the interview questions.
Rehearse an hour before by preparing some examples of answers to common questions. Here are the top three:
1) Tell me about yourself.
2)Why do you want to work for our company?
3) Give an example of a time you dealt with a difficult customer. How did you handle the situation?
#5 Dress to impress.
As mentioned above dressing professionally is still a requirement. Treat this like a pre-interview. You never know who will be watching your interview. It is key that you show respect by taking your interview in business casual attire.
Let’s continue the conversation in the comments.
What are your thoughts on the digital interview?