For many of us, being called in for a job interview is cause for both celebration and commiseration. The interview is like a reward for submitting a great application but nailing the interview can seem like a kilometre-high hurdle to actually collecting that reward. Fronting up for a Zoom interview on top of that makes for a daunting proposition, especially if you’ve never used the technology before: preparing for a job interview has never before looked so much like producing your own film.
The popularity of video interviewing will continue to surge, even when COVID-19 seems safely behind us. In fact, given the increase in remote working and working from home arrangements, video interviews are set to become the new normal. That’s why Evelyn Manfield at ABC News suggests you treat learning interview techniques across a variety of channels and platforms as not just an interim fix but as a form of genuine upskilling.
Prepare yourself as you would for a bricks and mortar interview – that means being your own best researcher, scriptwriter, costume designer and personal assistant. For a Zoom interview, however, you also need to become a set dresser, director, camera operator and on-set technician.