Now that so many people are working from home, the process of hiring for many companies has moved to virtual interviews in place of in-person meetings. Conducting a successful Zoom interview can be challenging as it doesn’t always flow like an in-person conversation would and it can be difficult to get to know someone in the same way to see if they’re a fit for your company. Despite that, though, Zoom is quickly becoming the preferred way for interviewing and hiring. So, here’s a few tips for making the most of your Zoom interviews.
Turn off distractions
Your calendar might be full, and you have a lot of other work to do – it’s completely understandable. However, if you’re interviewing someone for a position, doing your very best to get rid of all distractions and focusing on the person will go a long way to making the most of your time. The person you’re interviewing has taken the time out of their day, so giving them undivided attention is showing them the same respect.
Watch your body language
In the world of working from home, many of us are on conference calls all day but we might not be on camera. When it comes to conducting a Zoom interview, you’ll be on camera with the person you’re talking to so you should be aware of your body language and how it will come across on camera. Do your best to maintain your posture and use non-verbal cues like smiling and nodding to show you’re paying attention.
Use the mute button (if needed)
As much as we try to get rid of all the noise in our home offices, it can happen at the most inconvenient times. If you aren’t talking, feel free to use the mute button so that the person who is talking can continue their thoughts without being distracted by the background noise coming from your home or office.
When you’re on camera, Zoom will automatically show you a version of yourself and many people will actually look at themselves as they talk – which can come across as distracting to others. Zoom has the option to hide yourself so that you can’t see a video of you, and it allows you to continue to focus on others in the meeting.
Use your laptop (instead of your phone)
The camera on your laptop is much more stable (and gives a better view) than the one on your phone. This will give a clearer picture for the person you’re speaking to and having your laptop stable on your desk will make for a much smoother Zoom interview without the shaky feeling of using your phone.
Interviewing by teleconference or Zoom can be a challenge for many, but using these tips will help you to make the most of it so that you can find the right fit for your company.
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