The Internet has turned into such an amazing piece of technology that interviews no longer have to be so personal – they can now be done through a live stream of both offices. This works particularly well for jobs looking to interview applicants out of state and even the country. However, web conferencing requires proper etiquette, too. Here are a few taboos to avoid:
You laugh now, but only until the moment comes in your web interview when you have to get up from your chair because you forgot an important resource on your desk, forcing you to reveal your pajamas or underwear. Now, I’m not sure how often this happens but memes and jokes aside, wearing and entire set of appropriate clothes will be well worth the effort.
Turn off your computer programs! You should be focused on the interviewer/presenter, not the front page of Reddit. Turn off your Spotify, close PhotoShop, and make the effort to be involved in the meeting. Find a room in your house that is quiet. If you have roommates, ask them to give you the house to yourself for an hour or so. Take the animals outside and clear your desk. It’s important to stay alert and focused on the task at hand.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get a meeting or interview going with someone who didn’t set up their equipment properly. Not only does it distract the rest of us, but it also throws the entire agenda off track. Fiddling around with your microphone or even camera while the conference is in progress is unacceptable. Try to prepare your equipment the night before and test it again 10 – 20 minutes before the meeting starts.
You don’t want to have a screen name such as hotgrrrl86 or playaXstatus123 when a professional calls. Your online presence says a lot about you, and these account names and tagged photos of you on Facebook. Part of dressing for the job means providing an accurate portrait of the digital you. Show respect and effort for your potential or current employer by taking the time to make another, more professional, account. As an added bonus, include a nice picture of yourself – not the one you really liked from spring break on the beach.