6 Online Interview Mistakes To Avoid

Although the bones of a virtual interview are the same as an in-person interview, there are a few things you should remember before hopping on a Skype or Google+ Hangout with a potential employer. Related: How To Answer 7 Of The Most Common Interview Questions Here are few online interview mistakes you should avoid:


1. Not Setting Up A Good Background Shot

When you have on online interview, the background of your shot matters quite a bit. The interviewer is going to judge you by the things that are happening in the background. Plus, your interviewer is probably going to have the usual arrogant conditioning that almost all humans have, and is going to believe that he or she can read things about you personally by the things in the background. This occurs when you have things in the background that may be rather telling about you. Things such as shelves full of DVDs about girl fights or hundreds of different perfumes. And, the worst of the worst, a mess in the background. Your best bet is to have as little in the background as humanly possible. The less they have to look at in the background then the more they are looking at you.

2. Not Dressing Appropriately

There are very few online interviews where you stand up to take the interview. (This is actually a shame because your posture often looks better when standing.) Even though you are sitting down, you should still wear trousers or something that covers your legs. If you do not bother to wear trousers, then you can bet your bottom dollar that you are going to have to get up and fetch something and your interviewers are going to see your underwear!

3. Not Testing Your Equipment Before The Interview

The best thing you can do is contact someone you know and do a little test run. You can test your equipment and find out if everything is working okay (you can even have a little practice interview). This is also a good idea because the person on the other end can tell you if you are making silly mistakes such as moving your head out of shot or slouching too much. If you start your interview and your interviewer cannot see or hear you, you have to spend a few awkward moments fixing it. When this happens, you end up wasting everyone's time and there is a chance they will halt the interview. Plus, it makes you look bad and unprepared at the same time.

4. Eating/Drinking During The Interview

You should not have food in sight, and you should not drink during the interview. You do not need it, it will not make you look more relaxed, it will not make you feel relaxed, and it will not make it feel as if you are talking to them in a café. You do not take food or drink into interviews, so your online one is no different. It makes it appear as if you do not care about the job and that you are disinterested. No only that, but you risk spilling something on yourself or getting something on your face.

5. Not Smiling

Smile, but make it more that you are smiling because you are having the interview. Remember the feeling you had when you discovered you got an interview? Hold onto that feeling and smile about it. Show enthusiasm! However, you don't want to appear on the screen with a big cheesy grin on your face. Make your smile genuine. First impressions still apply online, and you do not want to make a bad one straight off the bat.

6. Sitting Still

In a real interview, you would allow your hands to move around as you talk, so and this is what you should do during your interview. Don't sit there with your hands on the table as if you are being interviewed by the police, or having your hands down by your side as if you are having your photo taken at the police station. This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
  2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn
  5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller
  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
  8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison
  9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz
  10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart
  11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas
  12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney
  13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson
  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

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2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

Inspirational Career Quotes Carlton Fisk


3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

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4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

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5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

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6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

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7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

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8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

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9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

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10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

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11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

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12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

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13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

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14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

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15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

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16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

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17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

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18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

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19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

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21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

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