Preparing for an online job interview

One of the great joys of working from home, is that you can do it in your PJs if you really want to! However, that doesn't mean you can turn up for your job interview in your favourite hoodie, you've got to land the role first!

Preparing for an online job interview is much the same as preparing for an in-person interview, and here are some top tips to get you ready to land that perfect work-from-home-role:

Research the company

Before you do anything, be sure to review the website and social media profiles of the company you are applying to work for. Make a note of some of the things you like about them, and any questions you may have (this will demonstrate your interest in the organisation, and will also genuinely help you work out whether this is the right organisation for you).

Dress to impress

You'll likely be meeting on a video call, so your interviewer will be able to see you, and just like an in-person interview your interviewer will be making judgements about the suitability of you for the role based on the effort you have put into your appearance. Ensure your hair is neat and tidy, you're dressed smartly and you're sitting in an upright and confident position in your chair (don't slouch!).

Eliminate noise and distractions

There's nothing less appealing to an interviewer than poor sound quality, noisy interruptions or the sound of other people in the background. Ensure you're set up in a quiet room, with good lighting so that you can be clearly seen on your laptop camera, and let anyone who might be around know that you are in an interview and that you'renot to be interrupted. Make sure you have a high quality and stable internet connection (an absolute must for online work) and a good camera and microphone or headset so that your interviewer can hear you clearly. 

Also, don't forget to turn your mobile phone on silent, and to turn off any notifications on your computer or otherwise. The last thing you want is an alert interrupting an important part of your interview.

Get in the zone

Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience, so it's important to get yourself into the right frame of mind. Set aside 15 minutes before the appointment to review your notes, and to calm yourself so that you are ready to perform at your best. A simple breathing exercise of slowly counting to 5 for each breath in and each breath, repeated just 10 times, will slow down any beating heart rate and stop those sweaty palms. 

Be punctual

Sign into the online video meeting platform just a few minutes before the scheduled meeting time, so that you are already set up and waiting for your interviewer. This will demonstrate that you are serious about the role, that you respect the interviewers time, and that you are well prepared, confident and ready to go.