Preparing for Digital Interviews

by Jacqueline Klaus
28 May 2021
Digital Interviews are becoming increasingly popular, especially during these Pandemic times. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to prepare for the traditional in-person interview. How do you navigate digital ones? We have a couple of tips for you to consider when preparing for a digital interview that should help make you a pro, even the first time around!

What is a Digital Interview?

Digital interviews are completed in two ways:

  1. Through a series of questions and answers; where the candidate records themselves and submits their answers; and, 
  2. On a live ZOOM call.

In the first instance, the candidate can complete questions, record them and then proceed to upload their answers to a hiring platform. There are also hiring platforms that allow you to record directly within the website. This is something we plan to integrate into our talent marketplace as we expand.

In the second instance, a live ZOOM call would be very similar to a traditional in-person interview – with a few key differences. 

Digital interviews can be used as a general screening tool and as a full-out interview, so be aware of where you are in the process. Regardless, there is always a time limit to your answers so make sure you plan out your answers wisely. Similar to a traditional interview, make sure you are prepared, specific and make your point.  So let’s review a few tips to help you succeed in your interview. 

Interview Questions – What to Expect.

Be prepared to answer the typical traditional interview questions. It’s obvious that most people aren’t comfortable with this type of interview, so there won’t be any trick questions at this part of the process. Forbes.com listed their top five interview questions for 2021 that you can find HERE. Also be prepared to answer the following questions: 

  1. Tell us about yourself.   
  2. Why did you choose to apply for this position? 
  3. What do you know about our company?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  5. Why should we hire you?
    This is a good opportunity to demonstrate your remote work experience, read more in our Working From Home – Skills and Tips blog post. 

Tips to Succeed:

What to wear 

In this context, your background is JUST as important as your outfit. Don’t pick anything too loud, but be sure to show off your personality.

Double-check technology 

When possible try out the technology, like ZOOM, prior to your interview. Set up a mock-interview with a friend, double check that you can easily access the ZOOM link and make sure your WiFi works well from wherever you are. 

Do your research

Understand as much as possible about the company and why you would like to work there. Do you believe in their mission? Do you have shared values? Are you a loyal customer? Draw the personal connection to the company and try to uncover the core of the business. 

Practice, practice, practice! 

Practice makes perfect, so try pre-recording your answers to ensure you are capturing the main points and not babbling. The more you practice the easier it will be to deliver clear, concise answers in the tone you are hoping for. 

Looking for help in preparing for your interview? Contact us, we are happy to help! We are registering candidates on an on-going basis!