Eva Benoit left her job as an office manager about 6 years ago to pursue being a life, career, and overall wellness coach. She specializes in helping professionals with stress and anxiety, but welcomes working with people from all walks of life. She works with her clients to discover and explore avenues that will bring them the balance, peace, and improved overall well-being that can last a lifetime.
Do you have an inner critic causing some serious stress before a Zoom interview? Honestly so many do, which is why The Fabulous Freelancer seeks to silence this negativity and help people be their truly amazing selves in their careers! For now, though, let’s focus on the basics you need to ace that virtual interview and land your perfect job. Here are some things to keep in mind before you log on and start answering questions…
Yes, You Still Need to Look Polished
Sweatpants can be perfect when you’re working from home, but they aren’t likely to help you land a job, even when you are interviewing via Zoom. If you need to buy a few new pieces to add to your professional wardrobe, you can do so without breaking the bank by shopping online and using promo codes and/or coupons.
Another helpful tip for scoring your interview outfit for less is to shop second-hand. Now you may want to stay away from thrift shops for the time-being but there are plenty of online shops that will allow you to pick up skirts, pants, blazers and tops for less than retail prices.
No, You Shouldn’t Feel Like an Imposter
Feeling intimidated by your Zoom interview? Well you may actually be suffering from imposter syndrome. Women especially tend to feel like frauds in the workplace. The trick is to turn those feelings into assets for your interview and your career by keeping yourself open to new opportunities and checking in with yourself on a regular basis.
Overcoming feelings of being an imposter at work can also be as simple as controlling the smallest of details. Maybe this means drawing your imposter demon out before you go into your interview or reminding yourself of all of the good qualities you possess. Either way, find something that will quell those voices and boost your self-esteem.
Yes, You May Need Some Updated Tech
If you still have the same old laptop from ten years ago, it may be time to update it before your online interview. Unfortunately, older devices may not fully support all of the features of Zoom, but you don’t have to blow your entire budget on a new laptop. You can score a computer for a lot less if you can wait until Cyber Monday, when manufacturers and retailers offer some of the lowest prices on laptops and even tablets.
Another piece of tech you may want to invest in is a quality mic. The best microphones will eliminate background noises, so that your kids or pets don’t interrupt your Zoom interview. You can also find decent models at surprisingly low prices, to keep this purchase budget-friendly.
No, You Shouldn’t List Strengths as Weaknesses
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is key to thriving in your career and could be the key to acing your Zoom interview. You can use worksheets from Verbal Courage to determine what your weaknesses and strengths are, but try to avoid telling your interviewers that you either have no weakness or that you lack an essential skill needed for the position. Striking a balance with your answer could be as simple as mentioning that you’re shy when it comes to public speaking, but you’re taking steps to improve these skills.
In addition to practicing this answer, you may want to see if a friend can hop on a few web conference calls to help you go over the rest of your interview skills. Most video conferencing tools offer free versions that you can use for these practice sessions, and you can even record yourself so that you can improve your abilities solo.
Interviews can be so stressful, even when they are conducted over Zoom or other video conferencing tools. Know that no matter the end results of your virtual session, you are being truly courageous by taking this step in the first place! You can use the budget-friendly tips above to improve your odds of landing the job, but even if you don’t, you can also use this as an opportunity to learn and keep growing as a professional.
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