How to crush a Zoom introductory interview/networking video call?

Any advice for conducting zoom calls for a interview. Never interviewed over zoom and I am wondering if there are any tips to crush it?

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Apr 2, 2021 - 1:22pm

My other comment was a bit too tongue in cheek. I don't think "crushing" a zoom interview looks all that different on the positive side, but there are a few things that can wreck your interview:

1. Make sure your audio is good, I can't tell you how many times I've been on calls where reception/audio are poor. And there are so many ways to mess this up! do your headphones have a microphone that keeps rubbing on your shirt, poor connection, et.c

2. Make sure your background is appropriate or use a zoom background (a messy room is not going to do you any favors).

3. Dress like you're going to a real interview. There is only downside to underdressing, and there is no downside to overdressing (within reason).

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Apr 5, 2021 - 5:50pm

Dress like you're going to a real interview. There is only downside to underdressing, and there is no downside to overdressing (within reason).

I think this is the biggest differentiator between Zoom and normal interviews. People assume because everyone is working from home and in sweatpants you can just hop on a lazy zoom call and crush your interview in a t-shirt. I would still recommend the normal attire you would wear to an interview that matches the firm culture. 

Apr 3, 2021 - 12:40am

I got a few tips:

  • Ask good questions. About the company biz model, recent news articles, about why the person chose that company, etc.
  • Speak a tad bit slower than you do in real life because the speed will get lost on Zoom. It takes an extra second for the recipient to comprehend and digest what you have to say.
  • Smile but not all the time. Vary up your expression.
  • Try to look at the webcam and not the person's box on Zoom. I know this is tough but practice it.
  • Use the trick of mirroring (repeating the last thing the other person has just said). It can  be somewhat subtle, but effective
  • Pause every now and then for questions and responses. 

Hope this helps, good luck!

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