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Véronique Bélinge
Véronique Bélinge
Professional Development Coordinatorrofessional Development Coordinator

If you are looking for a job and have not yet been interviewed for a job via Zoom, Teams, Skype, or any kind of video platform, you may be part of a minority. You probably already know the basics, but we wanted to refresh your memory so that you can prepare.

1. Get your technology in working order

Make sure you have:

  • a solid internet connection;
  • fully charged batteries;
  • a working camera;
  • a functional microphone;
  • all the required apps (properly installed) as well as plugins;
  • the right camera angle;
  • a friend or family member to rehearse with!

2. Resolve logistic issues beforehand

Avoid:

  • clutter, embarrassing, or overly personal items in the background;
  • poor lighting;
  • background noise;
  • any source of physical discomfort;
  • clothes with jarring colours or distracting patterns;
  • social media, text or email alerts.

3. Rehearse until it becomes natural

Why not:

  • write down your talking points and your answers to anticipated questions (video interviews allow you to use notes so take advantage of it);
  • rehearse in the shower;
  • practice with a peer virtually;
  • book a mock interview on Teams with a Career Centre staff through Career Launch.

4. Prepare.

  • Write down your talking points in bullet-point form.
  • Create a list of questions for your interviewers and make sure to have space for their answers.
  • Have a cup of coffee or another beverage to help you keep from fidgeting and to make the interview slightly more convivial.

5. Embrace your mistakes.

Remember:

  • No one is perfect at video interviews except robots. And you are not a robot. You are a human.
  • Mistakes are not the end of the world; it is your ability to bounce back that matters.
  • If you blow an answer, pause, take a deep breath, acknowledge that you find yourself rambling, and simply ask to restart the answer.
  • Humility, humour, and humanity are also endearing qualities.

6. Show positivity

Try to maintain:

  • a friendly demeanour and a great smile;
  • your focus on the camera (and not on your notes);
  • a conversational tone (listening is key).

7. Express gratitude

Remember to:

  • send each of your interviewers a thank you note within 24 hours after the meeting; acknowledge the time of the person who coordinated the interview;
  • reiterate your interest for the position and remind your interviewers the value you bring to the team.

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