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Tips to ace your digital interview

'Stay inside!’

A mantra that we’re following closely these days, but which evidently has its impact on your job search. After all, companies will invite you for digital meetings these days.

Some golden tips to make a strong impression online:

Install the right tool: If your conversation partner hasn’t indicated beforehand which tool you’ll be using for the meeting, don’t hesitate to ask them. Install and test the tool extensively. You’ll often find a mobile as well as web version, so make sure that your tool is up to date and your device has enough battery life.

Ensure a good setting: A stable internet connection and calm environment where you can work without interruptions or distractions are key. Also look at your background for a minute: it should be as neutral as possible (and try to avoid to sit in front of a window, the backlight might make it look as if you’re in the dark).

Always opt for video: non-verbal communication is extremely important. If your internet connection permits it, always opt for a video meeting. Make sure your face is completely visible and make sufficient eye contact by looking directly into the camera. Make sure your upper body is in frame too, because your hand gestures usually support your message. Try to ensure some space above your head as well, so your body language comes across well.

Prepare as you would for a face-to-face job interview. It’s important that all your personality traits, skills, attitude and motivation for the job are addressed. Some tips:

  • Be prepared for the most frequently asked personality questions. A classic: ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’ Keep at least 5 ready and focus on your potential and ability to learn as a young professional!

  • Start from the job description and make sure you can illustrate de requested skills with some examples.

  • ‘Why are you the perfect candidate for this job?’ and ‘Why do you want to work for this company?’ These aren’t easy question. Make sure you can answer than with sufficient motivation (and if needed in another language too).

  • Take a look at the company website to get a clear picture of their company culture and activities. Based on your research, prepare some clever questions; don’t forget that this conversation is a two-way street!

  • Since you already know the name of your conversation partner, you could look them up on LinkedIn or Google to get a better idea of who they are.

Be professional! There’s no excuse to arrive late in corona times. Pay some attention to your outfit (especially upper body): business casual.

What’s next? Make sure you finish the conversation properly: ask for feedback and what the possible next steps are.

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