1. Prepare and organise
Keep all your application documents for a specific job together in organised folders. Typically, candidates carry this stuff with them to an interview in case their interviewer requests or references it. You still want to be prepared, even on a video call, and don't want to waste time clicking through multiple folders or looking for the correct version.
Dropbox makes it easy to save, organise and share each unique CV. You can even do the editing directly from Dropbox with Microsoft and Google integrations. If you’ve been asked to share a presentation, use Dropbox Capture to film yourself and record your screen, then watch it back to perfect your work before presenting in the interview.
2. Check your tech
The first step in making sure everything runs smoothly is double-checking all of your technology. Follow this checklist the day before the interview:
- Make sure your computer or webcam is working correctly.
- Test your internet connection and Wi-Fi. Just Google ‘internet speed test’, click ‘Run Speed Test’, and make sure your service is running smoothly.
- Check audio levels for your microphone. Earbuds with a built-in microphone will help reduce the chance of an echo. If they are wireless, check that the Bluetooth connection is working.
3. Set the scene
Follow this checklist to remove distractions, so you and your interviewer can focus on getting to know each other:
- Quiet! Close doors and windows, ask roommates or family members for privacy, turn off your cell phone ringer. Do whatever you need to do to prevent any background noise that could interrupt your flow.
- Ideally, set yourself up in front of a blank wall, but if that isn’t an option, make sure your background is tidy and free of clutter. Don’t let a mess overshadow your charm.
- Interruptions happen. Chances are they’ve even happened to your interviewer. If a roommate or one of your children comes into the room during the interview, don’t panic. Calmly apologise and ask for a moment. Turn off your video and audio, clear the space and get back to work! You don’t always have control of your surroundings, but you do have control of how you handle the situation – and your interviewer will be paying attention to your reaction.