What Not to Wear in an Online Interview

by sysop in Acing the Interview

by Danika Ciano

Technology has changed the way we connect with friends and family, and it’s shaking up the work place as well.  You may have mastered phone and in-person interviews but what about your online interview skills?

Here are some tips to help you excel in an online interview:

  • No yoga pants, please.  Same advice for slippers. An interview is still an interview.  Don’t think that you can treat an online interview like FaceTime with your sibling or long-distance friend.  You still need to dress professionally and present yourself as if you were in a face-to-face interview.
  • Check your surroundings.  Is the room well-lit?  Is your Metallica poster directly in the screen shot?  Is your cat sleeping on the couch next to you?  Try your best to create a neutral and professional environment. No background ‘uh-ohs.’
  • Test all equipment in advance.  This is especially important if you haven’t used your webcam in a while.  Familiarize yourself with the technology you’re using.  You may be used to Skype, but the interface for GoToMeeting is very different.  Believe me, you don’t want to be surprised when you attempt to log in for the interview and you are prompted to do a java update.
  • Have a back-up plan.  Technology is hardly infallible.  Be prepared to continue the interview via phone or reschedule if necessary.

At the end of the day, you want the hiring manager to remember that you’re a well-qualified candidate – instead of remembering the unprofessional distractions that can crop up in an online interview.

Following these tips will help you shine.  Best of luck!