More and more companies are conducting interviews online. But what if you have never encountered such a thing?
There are practically no differences between online and offline interview formats. After all, an interview is a communication between an employer and a candidate, and the task of contacting two or more people online does well , unless the interviewee pays attention to details, such as tapping fingers or jerking a leg, for example.
For people who are afraid of the interview, this is the best option. A familiar, homely environment is conducive to calmness and self-confidence, and this is an important moment for a successful interview.
My interview was very calm, I would not say that there was anything unusual in it, despite the fact that the experience of an online interview was the first for both parties.
I was introduced to the director of the agency, after which we had a nice conversation about the key requirements for the candidate and my experience that I had accumulated over 7 years at the previous job. Since the connection was a little broken, after about 15 minutes we switched from a video call to an audio call, which gave me the opportunity to drink water, as my throat was dry with excitement, and I was ashamed to do this during the video call.
Now I am training an employee, and in this situation there are more disadvantages than advantages in online communication.
No matter how you try to give the most detailed and detailed “cheat sheet” to a new employee, there will always be a need to come up and ask. It goes faster in this format, because at the first stages there are a lot of questions.
On the other hand, if tight control of time is not required, a new employee has the opportunity to distribute his workflow and priority of tasks himself as he sees fit. It helps to cope with yourself and perform tasks better, if, of course, there are no temptations to procrastinate.
And the time for explaining and understanding new information has increased . This happened due to the fact that all questions and answers come through the mail and go parallel to other tasks, so communication increases by about 30%.
I have been working remotely for over 2 years now, and I have experience working with both a foreign employer Now I work for both, for a foreigner – part-time.
One of my works is Virtual assistant. I perform the duties of an assistant remotely, in my case, I wanted to become an assistant to a Dutchman who wants to open an online print store.
I would not say that I was somehow especially prepared. It is generally recommended to find out more about the employer. But I couldn’t google this information, so I got a job working for a specific person and for a project that has not yet been launched. A friend recommended me for this position, and she was my main source of information. But in fact, I learned about all the details and specifics of the work at the interview itself.
Again, I got a job on the recommendation and asked a friend who had already worked in the same position about the specifics of work and working conditions.
In my understanding, an interview is an acquaintance with an employer, and not some kind of exam. You talk about yourself, your skills, demonstrate them if you can. Therefore, I do not think that it is necessary to prepare for an interview in any way – you will not learn English or Photoshop in 2 days. You either fit or not. The main thing is to sleep well and eat well.
Skype interviews are perfect for me. Personally, I feel calmer and more confident in my usual place.
And, for example, you don’t need to get to an online interview in a tight minibus, risking getting stuck in a traffic jam or just ruining your mood.
Another plus of the online interview is that right after it ends, you can scream nervously, fall exhausted on the sofa. Well, or go dancing the victory dance, as luck would have it. Pure benefits for the psyche.
When it comes to adapting online, it is difficult for me to communicate with new people, regardless of whether we speak on Skype or meet live.
It is even more convenient to discuss business issues online, since you can always send a link or google something, share the screen and explain something in more detail.
I just really love to work alone and in silence. In the office I was very distracted by the chatter around me.
For some, it may be that being around helps to establish contact. And, communicating in person during work, it is more convenient to exchange some thoughts and ideas. But I am not one of those chatty people, I am more comfortable communicating with colleagues in chat and on business. And all these tar-currents in the corridors caused me more stress.
In principle, my preparation for interviews online and offline is approximately the same: I always read before the interview about the company on all possible resources, prepare in advance the answers to the most common questions (for example, why did you leave your last job?). Well, as far as the interview is online, it goes without saying that you need to choose a suitable background and comfortable, practical clothes.
This interview format does not cause negative emotions at all, it seems to me that the first stage of the interview is preferable to conduct online. This saves time for the candidate and the interviewer , actually. This is especially convenient if you are looking for a job, but still work in your current place. You have the flexibility to choose the timing of the interview.
And so, all interviews, in fact, follow the same scenario, basically – acquaintance, tea and coffee, communication from experience, interviewers tell you about the company.
I think offline interviews are more stressful for candidates. You need to go to an unfamiliar office, sit in the same room with strangers who should like you, and so on. The house is somehow conducive to tranquility.
As a junior recruiter, here are some tips. The most important thing is to check in advance the connection between all participants in the process, otherwise fixing these problems may drag on, and you will even need to postpone the interview.
Plus, we need to agree in advance whether we will communicate with the camera or not. Well, of course, if an online interview involves the performance of any tasks by the applicant (writing code, for example), you need to warn him about this in advance so that he can prepare.