Looking for Zoom interview tips? Keep reading! If you recently landed a job interview, there's a big chance that it won’t be in person. Interviews are one of the many things that companies are now conducting virtually.
Although in-person interviews aren’t quite a thing of the past, Zoom interviews are quickly becoming the new norm. The video aspect of these interviews provides a great alternative to meeting in person.
No matter how familiar you are with virtual communication, you will still need to be prepared. In this post, I’ll share the best Zoom interview tips. You’ll learn exactly what to do before, during, and after your call to help you ace your interview.
5 Things to Do Before your Zoom interview
There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for an interview. When you are interviewing virtually, there will be a few more steps added to this preparation specifically around Zoom interview tips.
To ensure that everything goes smoothly, you will need to prepare your tech, interview space, and attire in addition to practicing questions.
1. Research the company
The first step in preparing for any interview is to research the company.
Ideally, you would have done this before applying to the job. However, if you didn’t, set aside time to review the company’s website to learn more about its products/services, values, and culture before the call.
Researching the company that you’re interviewing with is important to ensure that you are a fit. It also helps you develop questions to ask during the interview.
2. Prepare to answer and ask questions
The most important part of interviewing is being able to answer questions clearly. You want to be able to communicate your experience and how it applies to the role that you’re interviewing for.
Employers typically ask behavioral interview questions to get insight into your prior experiences. Your past experiences and how you were able to deal with challenges help predict your future behavior. This is how an employer determines if you’re cut out for the job.
Knowing how to effectively answer behavioral questions takes practice. So before your interview, take some time to study common behavioral interview questions.
Review your resume to come up with examples to support answers to each question. The STAR method as a great guideline to frame the answers to these questions.
Once you’ve drafted answers to the common questions, practice answering them aloud in the mirror or with a partner.
Remember that your resume will be the foundation for the questions that are asked, so be prepared to explain any job gaps on your resume.
- Questions for your interviewer
An interview is not just for the employer to learn more about you, but it is also an opportunity for you to interview them. You want to know if they are a good fit for your career and interests.
Asking questions not only makes your look prepared, but it will give you more information to make an informed decision.
Before your interview, make a list of questions to ask the interviewer(s).
These questions can pertain to the job that you are interviewing for, the company as a whole, and even their personal experience as an employee.
If you’re not sure what to ask, consider these unique interview questions to ask employers.
Of the questions that you ask, the one question to always ask in an interview is, “What are the next steps?”
3. Plan and prepare your attire
Planning your attire is the next critical step in preparing for your Zoom interview.
Although you won’t be in person, traditional interview attire still applies. You want to look professional and polished.
When deciding what to wear, keep in mind that certain colors and patterns do not show well on camera. You will want to avoid busy patterns, stripes, and loud jewelry. Consider this guide for the best items to wear.
Be sure to try on your complete outfit and test it out on camera beforehand to ensure that everything comes off well on video and also fits properly.
Schedule time to dry clean or wash and iron your clothes a few days before your interview.
- Don’t forget about your hair!
You want to look and feel confident and comfortable during your interview, so avoid making any drastic changes to your hair beforehand. Have a plan for how your hair will be done and prepare in advance.
4. Test your tech in advance
There’s nothing worse than having technical difficulties during an important call. That’s why it is important to get familiar with Zoom before your interview.
To begin, download the app to your phone or desktop ahead of time. If you’ve never used Zoom before, familiarize yourself with the quick start-up guide for new users.
When setting up your account, upload a professional-looking headshot and add your full name to your profile. Both will appear when you join the call for your interview and you want to lead with a good impression.
Once you have downloaded the Zoom app, take a moment to start your own private meeting to get familiar with the interface and features.
This is also a great opportunity to practice speaking to the camera. Remember, you will want to look into the camera lens while talking, and not the screen.
You can take your test one step further by recording yourself and watching it to find areas of improvement.
Steps to complete immediately before the interview:
- Ensure that you have a stable internet connection. Use an ethernet cable if necessary.
- Test out your sound. Use headphones to hear clearly and to block outside noise.
- Turn off notifications and put your phone on do not disturb/silent mode.
- If you are using a phone, prop your phone up so that you are clearly seen. Use a phone stand if you have one.
- Prepare your space
Before your interview, identify where you will take the call. The ideal location is one that is quiet, has good lighting, and has a clean space that you can use for your background.
Prior to getting on video, do some last-minute tidying of the area that will be within the video frame.
You may consider using a virtual background if you want to conceal areas of the room you’re in. If you choose to do so, make sure that you are using a professional background and have tested it out beforehand.
Zoom interview tips (during the interview)
At this point, you’ve done everything to prepare for the interview. Now, it’s time to put your best foot forward.
While on the call, you’ll want to be aware of your presentation and how you are engaging with your interviewer. Here are some tips to help you.
Be mindful of your facial expressions & body language
Don’t forget that you are still on camera and can be seen. Be mindful of your facial expressions and make sure your body language shows that you’re alert, engaged, and professional.
Speak clearly & slowly
You’ve practiced your interview questions and have them nailed, so make sure that your answers are actually heard. Speak clearly and slowly so that you can effectively communicate all of your great accomplishments to your interviewer.
Confidence, or lack thereof, can be spotted a mile away. Show confidence by being sure of your answers, sitting straight, and looking directly into the camera.
Listen before you answer
Although you may have an idea of what questions to expect, listen carefully to what is being asked. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for further clarification or for them to repeat themselves.
Be positive and engaging
Now is not the time to speak negatively about your former employer. Instead, remain positive about your experiences and provide engaging dialogue.
What to do after your interview
As your interview comes to an end, don’t forget these last steps!
Before the call ends, you will likely be extended the opportunity to ask questions. This is where you will ask the questions that you prepared in advance.
After you’ve done so, thank the interviewer for their time and, of course, confirm what the next steps will be.
Once you hang up, pause for a few seconds to ensure that you have fully left the call and that your microphone and camera are off.
The final step in your interview process is to send a follow-up email to say thank you. The purpose is to further communicate your interest in the position and set yourself apart from other candidates.
You can view these examples of thank you notes to jog your creativity.
Final thoughts on how to ace an interview
With Zoom interviews becoming more of the norm, it’s important to know exactly what to do to prepare. Hopefully, these Zoom interview tips help you prepare and feel confident in knowing how to ace your interview.
Once you’ve landed the job, don’t forget to check out these career resources to help you maximize your career and income.