You just received a word from the human resources manager that your resume has made the cut for a coveted job. Interview process starts here.
You have been given the opportunity to showcase your talents and skills from the comfort of your home with the automated interview. Automated Interview is a cost-effective and a comfortable way to attend an interview. It is a boon for job seekers, you could be part of as many hiring processes in a day without traveling or taking a day’s leave. And you need to invest your time and effort only once the employer has selected you for the next interaction.
The job interview is your chance to create a positive impression of yourself. The objective here should help the employer assess if there is a match between you and the organization. Automated interviews are also making it easier for employed candidates to look for change without affecting their current jobs. The time zone differences between employers and job seekers is no longer an impediment it once was.
Here's a list of things that might help you ace the online interview and to create a favorable impact on the employer.
- Take the Practice Test: This will enable you to be comfortable with the technology and work out any kinks. Ensure that there is ample light in the room. Check if the internet, camera, microphone and speakers on your device is properly functioning. Avoid overhead lighting and unwanted shadow on your face. Ask for assistance from online support team if you're not sure how to use the tool. In case there's a technical glitch during the interview, dial them up immediately.
- Plan Ahead: Some interview tools may prompt you to upload a copy of your resume, cover letter, and photographs; keep a soft copy of it on your device. Know your resume at the back of your head so that you don't contradict yourself during the interview. Many employers leave room in the interview for you to ask questions, don't scramble. Do your bit of the research on the company and make a list of anything you might want to know from the employer.
- Dress Appropriately: Online interviews are as effective as a face-to-face meeting, so ensure you dress professionally. Wear the same interview attire you would during an in-person interview. Just in case you shift places during the interview; dressing waist up could prove precarious for your job. Wear light colored clothes against a dark background and vice versa against a light background.
- Tidy Up: You don't want to distract the interviewer with a cluttered table. Microphones pick up noise in the room, so don't tap your pen or shuffle papers. Make eye contact with the camera, not the screen, to avoid this pretend your webcam is the person interviewing you. Most interview tools provide with a reference box to see how you appear, make use of it to adjust your device to reveal only what's necessary to the interviewer.
- Calm Your Nerves: Maintain your etiquette between questions and choose your words carefully. Keep track of time and ensure that you complete your answers before submitting. Don't take more time between two answers. Beware that online interview tools are designed to pick any hint of malpractice. Avoid using search engines while attending the interview. Any unexpected behavior will be noted by the evaluators.
Automated Interviews’ objective is to help employers find the right talent in a candidate. Once this has been established, they could call the candidates to invest time and effort for further discussions in an face to face meeting.
Most employers also put in a lot of effort to showcase the opportunity for the candidates in the in their organization so that they can decide if they should accept or reject the offer.
The questions thrown at you will typically be close-ended and your answers could be as detailed as possible. Practice and be prompt. When you are well prepared with the right responses you stand out in the crowd and the positive impression you make can help you in the subsequent rounds.