The structure of recruitment has had to change in the last few weeks as the current global pandemic has made face to face meetings a taboo subject.

This should not make job seekers complacent however, as there is very little difference from face to face interviews and those done via online platforms, meaning the same preparation is required.

This article is packed with tips on all the do’s and dont’s when getting ready for your online interview.


Make sure that you have a suitable location to conduct the interview, ideally a quiet and tidy room to eliminate any and all distractions. The last thing you want is for your potential employer to be focusing on your Winnie the Pooh teddy or the empty water bottles you’ve been meaning to discard for weeks instead of how great you could be for the role. Notify all family members or flatmates that this room is off limits during the time allocated, we all know the video of Professor Robert Kelly’s interview getting gatecrashed by his two young children and while hilarious for those of us watching, Robert Kelly can get away with it, you a potential employee cannot so lock the door if needs be and make sure that there will be no interruptions.

The last thing you want is for your potential employer to be focusing on your Winnie the Pooh teddy.


Always make sure that you are fully set up on the device and the platform you are working off. Do a test call to a family member and make sure that the internet connection and sound are all working to the best quality. A bad connection could lead to a postponed interview and this does not often make the best first impression to a potential employer, you can trust that the competition will have made sure to have their equipment fully functioning and this could be difference between getting that job you have been dreaming of.

Dress to Impress

The biggest mistake a candidate can make is to think they do not need to dress professionally for an online interview. Dressing suitably and professionally not only shows the interviewer that you are serious about the position on offer but also gives you, the interviewee a sense of confidence you will not feel in your day to day attire so put away the Disney slippers and baggy sweatpants and get suited and booted and I don’t mean just from the waist up, you need to be fully presentable not only for the benefit of the employer but for yourself.

Ditch the pyjamas and dress professionally – not only for the benefit of the employer but yourself.

The Name of Shame

This one might not seem like a big deal and often gets overlooked but my advice to candidates doing an online interview is to first make sure that their username on the platform they are using is interview and work appropriate, while BilboSwaggins and LiverpoolfcFoLyf were ok for your MSN back in the day, it can make it hard for an interviewer to not only keep a straight face but can leave them questioning how seriously you are taking the interview and the position they are offering within their company. Where possible use your first and last name in some format so it is clear to the interviewer who they are to link up with.

Say that to my face

Eye contact and visibility are just as important on an online interview as they are face to face so make sure that you are fully visible on the screen and maintaining eye contact regularly throughout the call. Intriguing as it is to watch your neighbour cut the grass try not to stare out the window and where possible position yourself to make this impossible, your full attention should be on the interviewer and the questions they are asking.

Try not to stare out the window at your neighbour cutting the grass.

Don’t Worry be Happy

Last but not least, relax!! Try to calm your nerves and get settled in your surroundings prior to the interview. An interviewer and still pick up on nerves even when not face to face and nerves are to be

expected so don’t be worrying, if you have done your homework and have followed the above steps then you have given yourself the best chance at securing your dream job.

Article Written By:
Grainne Flynn – Recruitment Consultant, Servisource.

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