Career Planning

5 Digital Interview Tips

Following these simple tips can make the difference between getting to the next stage of the interview process and being placed in the “no” pile!

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 25, 2017

5 Digital Interview Tips
In the age of the Internet, digital interviews are becoming increasingly common. The process can be quite intimidating if you’re not sure what to expect. It’s important that you’re ready for the process just in case it comes up, as many brands are utilizing the digital interview more than ever before, as it is seen as a more efficient method of interviewing, especially for positions located outside of the area where hiring managers are located.

1. Be prepared before you connect

As you would with any interview, research common interview questions so you know how you’ll answer interview questions, even before being asked. Contemplate the type of interview questions this potential employer may asked, based on the type of company it is and do an internet search based on that. Also, prepare a list of facts that includes what you know about the company and relevant facts, making sure you memorize the list before the interview.

2. Practice makes perfect

A digital interview can be uncomfortable and unnatural, similar to speaking in front of a camera. In fact, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Practicing aloud while taping yourself is highly recommended because it can help you get rid of stage fright – that way, you can review the awkward footage and start over until it feels natural. If it feels too unnatural doing so by yourself, ask a friend to practice interviewing you via online video chat, providing your friend with a list of interview questions to ask beforehand. Just make sure to take the process seriously because practice really does make perfect!

3. Display your skill set through thoughtful examples

Hiring managers are looking for candidates with examples to back up their claims. For example, if you say you’re a team player, make sure you have an example of a time you were a team player ready to go before you even bring it up. Lacking to do so can cause hiring managers to write you off quickly – which is exactly what you don’t want to happen.

4. Keep it short and sweet

During a digital interview, it’s more difficult to keep people’s attention. You want to keep your answers as crisp and concise as possible, making sure you get to the point quickly and effectively. That way, you can ensure everyone is hearing all of what you’re saying, not just some of it - because all of it is important.

5. Try to show enthusiasm and energy

Because people on the other side of the connection are seeing a limited part of you, it’s easy to come across as very unenthusiastic, even if that’s completely unintentional. Work on fluctuating your voice tone to ensure you don’t come across as monotone or “flat.” Try smiling at appropriate junctures, tilting your head at times of contemplation or showing different expressions. Working to highlight simple emotions can keep your interviewer interested in watching and listening to you. Remember, following these simple tips can make the difference between getting to the next stage of the interview process and being placed in the “no” pile!

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