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When you are completing a digital interview, you need to take it seriously from the get go. Don’t let your perceptions ruin your chance at working for a great company. Many companies are switching to a digital process and you can beat the competition with a great digital interview right from the start.
A digital interview is an interview that involves yours truly, technology and preset questions. There are no hiring managers to contend with, no face to face contact, no follow up questions, and no getting lost on the way to the interview. It can be intimidating, but it can be easy too.
Are you relieved or are you terrified? Have you been on camera before? It’s easier than a face to face interview right? Yes, it is if you’re prepared. I’ve prepped 1,000’s of candidates for their digital interviews, and they’ve lead successful careers because of it. Get the green light from hiring managers with these helpful tips.
A smart phone is by far the easiest way to complete your digital interview. Whatever device you use, make sure that it’s charged and the volume is on.
How do you succeed at a digital interview?
When a recruiter tells you that you are going to be completing a digital interview, you can expect it to take less than 30 minutes and you can do it right from your smart phone, iPad, laptop or computer.
You will receive detailed instructions for the individual program the company uses. This will include the necessary equipment requirements such as internet connection speeds. If you have to download an ap for your phone, it should take less than 2 minutes to download but don’t put it off until the last two minutes.
You will either create a username and password, or the company will provide you with a new one. In most cases the interviewing platform is separate from your resume/ application, so don’t be alarmed if you are asked to create a new username.
First Get Ready to Answer a Few Yes / No Questions.
These questions are not ‘filmed’ and you should be able to breeze through them in a minute or two. Here are some example questions:
Q. Are you aware of the basic expectations of the position and are you able to complete them?
Q. Do you need to take an extended amount of time off in the next 6 months?
Q. Are you able to work within all business hours?
Q. Do you meet the basic educational requirements of the role?
A quick read of the job posting and an understanding of what the position is, will more than prepare you for the yes/no section. The questions will be basic. It’s important to be honest, but be aware that if you require an accommodation for time off… that can be addressed with HR later. I would leave it out of your digital interview as hiring managers have no control over this, and based on the setting, mentioning a vacation in the Yes / No section could disqualify you for the role.
The Digital Interview
Now the real fun begins. Generally you will have 30 seconds to read a question and a minute and a half to respond.
There are 3 basics to a digital interview: the room, your appearance, and your answers. We will take a look at all of them and make sure you’re prepared and set for success.
Make Sure It’s Quiet – When you are doing a digital interview treat it like an in person interview. Turn off all distracting noise. Television does not need to be on nor does your kid’s screaming cartoons piping in from the next room.
Companies are switching to digital applications and you never know how much person to person contact you might have. The digital interview could be the ONLY interview. Don’t blow it off thinking it’s a just company technicality.
Make Sure the room is Well Lit – If you are poorly lit, it makes your face look dreary and it could give you the appearance of being tired. Indirect sunlight is best to make sure your face is illuminated.
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Tidy Up Your Area – Your digital interview will be a shot of your face, however make sure that the wall behind you, as well as your surroundings are tidy. A busy wall, a distracting poster, a stack of dirty dishes all give the interviewer things to judge you by. These things are NOT part of your interview. Surroundings and photos shouldn’t be used against you, but sometimes people are not aware of their own biases, even hiring managers.
Dress your absolute best from the waist up. Feel free to wear pajamas pants or something comfortable on the bottom, no one will know! You want to appear put together, prepared and professional. A blouse, a sweater, a collared shirt, or even a shirt with a business jacket are all great options. Don’t wear anything with crazy distracting patterns either, and keep your jewelry minimal and classic. All attention needs to be on the words you are speaking.
This is not the time to try on a new lipstick or get crazy with your eyeliner. A natural look with tame hair is the safest bet. I’ve literally seen people’s pictures and thought “AHHH! Halloween?!” You don’t want anyone concentrating on anything except for your answers. A genuine interest in the interview process and a smile will get you further than you think, so don’t discredit these.
So now we have our room looking great, you look polished and professional, what an earth are these people going to ask you?! There are some really basic questions companies are interested in hearing you answer.
Below are examples of interview questions I have seen digitally.
Q. Why are you the best fit for this position?
Q. Tell me about a time when you didn’t see eye to eye with a co-worker.
Q. When did you go above and beyond for a customer?
Q. What is your biggest professional accomplishment and why?
Q. How did you remedy a difficult situation and what was involved?
Q. Which company value can you most relate to?
Managers are looking for some basics in digital interviews: Did you care about the solution and do you have a positive attitude?
The easiest way to answer questions is with the ‘STAR’ method. STAR stands for: Situation, Task, Action, Response. This method will guide you through any question asked. It quickly let’s the interviewer know:
- Explain what happened in the first place.
- Tell what your role in the situation was.
- Explain what you did to remedy what was happening.
- What was the outcome from your action?
Now that you know how to dominate the interview, how do we put it into practice after you hit RECORD? Practice! Use your bathroom mirror and mock interview yourself. You’re going feel dumb I promise 🙂 However, this is a great confidence building exercise. If you are not a fan of ‘face time’ or other programs where you can see yourself talking, it can be really intimidating the first time. Using a mirror will get you use to your facial expressions, and will help you to practice your smile.
I was told by several candidates, that interviewing themselves in a mirror is what made them confident enough to complete their digital interview. Spend time talking to yourself, ask yourself questions, it only helps you!
Tell people you are interviewing!!
Don’t be a victim to circumstances! As soon as you need quiet, that’s when someone NEEEEEEEEDS you! Or someone bursts into your room because they can’t find their “freaking wallet!” Make sure that additional phones in the house are turned off also. When you are going to do a digital interview make sure everyone in your household knows. Put your pets in a different room. Despite whatever circumstances, recruiters don’t have the ability to ‘pull’ your interview. Once it’s submitted it’s submitted with the family drama included.
If something does go awry, let your recruiter know. We can alert the hiring manager of weird circumstances. However their response is usually “We take the entire digital interview into account.” Which of course does not offer you any solace if someone does bust in on your interview. A re-do digital interview is quite rare, so take the steps to prepare ahead of time for success.
Get Out There and Apply!
Now that you know how to succeed on your digital interview, put all those job feelers out! If you’re miserable in your job, there’s no reason to continue in that direction! There are job options out there! You are not stuck, you can make more money and you can have a fulfilling job that makes you happy!
Have you recently had a digital interview how did it go? Remember to be positive, smile, research the company and have a good handle on what your strengths and weaknesses are… then, any digital interview will be a ‘Pass go to Collect Job’ every time!
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