SUIT AND PYJAMAS

suit and pyjamas

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene

Undoubtedly, these are the most uncertain times of all lives. The coronavirus is changing the way our private and professional lives are conducted. We have been advised to maintain social distancing, to avoid any face-to-face meetings during the coronavirus quarantine, and if you happen to be looking for a job right now then probably you will be asked to hold an online interview. You need to use this online interview as an opportunity to show off your talents, experience, and why you are the best candidate for the job, just like a typical face-to-face interview.

The statistics show that more than half of world professionals are already moving their in-person meetings to either telephone or online, for health and safety concerns.

So, you are maybe wondering what are you going to do if you have an in-person interview. Although the questions and discussions are likely to be the same, there are several changes between in-person interviews and online interviews. Here are some tips on how this overly sensitive situation can be managed.

 

  1. Test your technology

To help ensure that your online interview will proceed efficiently, without interruptions check your internet speed. Make sure your technology is working properly. The interactive meeting tools used for interviews, such as ZOOM, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts are already made available for free test runs. Install these applications and make a test. You will check the audio and video settings. Check your microphone, camera. If you use your phone or laptop, make sure that the battery is full.

test your technology

 

  1. Have a plan B for an interview

Make sure your interviewer has your mobile phone number before your video interview, in case you need to perform the interview over the phone, or something happens with the electricity so that you do not lose contact.

 

  1. Set your background

Select a comfortable, well-lit room with a neutral background. Bear in mind that online interviews give an insight into your personal life, so make sure your room is clean. Hold pets and family members in another room during the interview if necessary. Switch all your updates from your phone and device off.

set your background

  1. Dress code

Just because you are virtually meeting your interviewers does not mean that you can take the interview less professionally. Dressing as you would if you were going to the interview in person is crucial. Doing this will not only make you feel more secure, but it will also give the person on the other side of the screen a positive impression. Know that on camera, what you wear shows up differently, so try avoiding bright-colored clothing or big pieces of distracting jewelry.

Leave the PJs for comfy family nights. Again, dress appropriately and maintain eye contact as much as possible.

 

  1. Be prepared

Get prepared, learn, and practice your answers. Your responses should reflect not only the importance of your experience but also the currency of your understanding of the changing environment of jobs and your ability to adjust to the new reality. Check the following link for the most common job interview question in the pandemic: 

https://www.job-hunt.org/job_interviews/pandemic-interview-questions.shtml.

 

  1. Be sincere and genuine

Dr. Harvey Katzen from MedSchoolCoach provides tips to ace your interview online.

 – What should you wear?

 – How should you introduce yourself?

 – How do you answer the questions “Tell me about yourself”

 – How is a virtual interview different and similar to an in-person interview?

Check the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euDhpCuvZ5k

 

7. Remember to send a thank-you note

thank-you note

Send them a thank you note afterward, and as a reminder of who you are, let them know: I enjoyed speaking with you about whatever it was you interacted about. It is a common courtesy to thank people for taking the time to interview you. Again, the interview is a major step forward in your application process. You have earned the chance, value the chance, handle it in a professional way, and try to react as maturely as possible.

 

>>>One last tip: Remember to drink a lot of water and breathe. Bye!

Prepared by: ACTAC

Project Coordinator

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