May 04, 2022

Making a Good First Impression in an Online Job Interview

by Gedvilė Bendaravičiūtė

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Most job interviews have moved to virtual spaces since the pandemic. I’d like to offer some tips on what to do and what not to do during a job interview based on my own experience as a Talent Sourcer and Talent Acquisition Specialist.

First, let’s talk about what not to do during a job interview.

One of the most common mistake, lack of technical preparation. I’m sure you’ve been in a position when you’re trying to join a lecture, seminar, or simply speak with a buddy on a virtual platform like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Teams, and the microphone, camera, or video aren’t working.

As a consequence, it’s crucial to pay attention to how the interview will go – if you’re on a video call, double-check that the sound, video, and internet connection are all working properly, and that the picture behind you is in excellent form. This way, you can be certain that there will be no technical difficulties and that the job interview will go well and portray your professional image.

Another thing to avoid doing during a job interview is distracting activities. There have been cases where an applicant vapes during an interview, wanders from one area to another while conversing with a screening specialist, carries a phone or computer on his stomach, or has to speak to his pet in front of the screen rather than the candidate.

During a job interview, it is vital that no unnecessary activities occur that may divert attention. You’ll be able to concentrate, not miss important information, and display your professional image to the recruitment specialist.

And the last thing an applicant wants to do is talk to a recruitment specialist like they’re a friend. Short and partial replies, answering the question in one word or sentence, jargon, and even swearing (which I have heard) are not allowed during the job interview. Even if the interview does not demand any formal etiquette, don’t forget that you are speaking with your potential future employer or colleague. And jargon and swear words simply serve to degrade your own language and will not produce a favorable impression on the recruitment specialist.

And, in terms of what has to be done and even should be done, I’ve included a few pointers.

Things happen in life; whether it’s a technical issue or your plans have unexpectedly changed and you’re unable to attend the interview, everything must be informed to the recruitment specialist ahead of time. The recruiters, like you, arrange their time, so please notify them in advance if your plans alter. That manner, you won’t harm your image while also demonstrating that you appreciate and respect your time as well as the time of a recruitment specialist.

Following that, it is critical to prepare for the interview way in advance. The internet is full of potential questions that a recruitment specialist may ask. Take an interest in it, read it, and practice answering some of the questions. Recruitment specialists will constantly ask you questions to examine a few aspects.
One of the aspects is your personal introduction. Don’t bring up what you did last summer or how you spent a Friday night with your friends at the bar. Tell us about your activities, studies, and hobbies so that the recruitment specialist can get to know you.

Another factor to consider is your motivation. Any screening professional should understand why you choose this organization or this position. Always be prepared to discuss it as well.

The final factor to evaluate is your own personal expectations. It is always necessary to consider whether what the company offers meets your expectations, so don’t be afraid to discuss them with a recruitment specialist – we are always eager to discuss and find the ideal solution.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is not allowed to inquire; rather, it is necessary! By asking questions, you will exhibit your strong motivation while also receiving answers that will help you determine if this position is a good fit for you.