Got a mail that you have been scheduled for a Zoom interview? The popularity of Zoom video conferencing has exploded over the past several years. Now that the world is experiencing corona virus pandemic, Zoom has become the best choice for conducting interviews by many companies.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a cloud-based video communications app that allows you to set up virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing and other collaborative capabilities.
Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.
Video conferencing has been around for some time now, and Zoom is one of the best to choose from. Zoom can be accessed by almost anyone because it works across all platforms – Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux OS, Android OS, Iphone OS, and also extensions on web browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox.
Note: Even though there are varieties of ways to use zoom, we recommend using Zoom app if you want to take Zoon interview. You can download Zoom app on your Smartphone or Computer.
Zoom Interview Tips
Before giving examples of questions and answers that are likely going to be asked in your next Zoom interview, here are some important tips that will help you in making your Zoom interview a success.
1. Get Familiar with the App
You’ve been mailed or called that your interview will be on Zoom. What next? How do you plan going about it? The first thing you should do if you are have not had Zoom interview before is to download the app and get familiar with it.
Get familiar with how to set up a meeting, how to access a meeting that has been scheduled (You should be provided with a link for your Zoom interview by the hiring manager or interviewer).
2. Test Your Hardware
Before you start your Zoom interview it is very important you test your hardware. You should check how functional they are – your microphone, headset and also web cam.
You wouldn’t want to delay or mess up your interview. Be sure to run a thorough test on your hardware.
3. Practice with a Friend or Family Member
In a s much as it is essential before going for an in-person interview, you should also practice before going for your Zoom interview.
One benefits of practicing with Zoom app Is that it allows you to Record the video conferencing and play it after it is over. This will help you to know how well you performed during the interview and you can also take note of some mistakes you made for correction.
4. Setup a Distraction-free Area
You should get a room that looks good and distraction free for the Zoom interview.
If you can’t find any place that is distraction free you can make use of Zoom virtue background. Zoom offers varieties of virtual backgrounds to choose from.
This is an image of the settings area where you can pick your background. You can even add your own image as virtual background.
5. Use a Professional Name
If you have been using Zoom for some time for video conferencing friends and love ones it is possible that you might be using a nick or unprofessional name,
You should change and make use of a professional name, preferably your full name..
6. Use a “Cheat sheet”
It is also important to make use of cheat sheet during a video or audio interview. You can place it below the camera and make reference to it in case you forget something.
You can also create a list of questions to ask the hiring managers and make references to it when the time is ready.
7. Choose a Professional Outfit
You should dress professionally – the same way that you would for an in-person interview.
You should pick an outfit on time, put it on and ask for recommendation from anyone around. It is good you wear something clean and new.
8. Record Your Zoom Interview
Since Zoom offers recording features, you should make good use of it. Recording the Zoom interview can be very helpful.
- You will be able to watch how well you performed
- Know where you made mistakes
- Get a better knowledge of how it all work
9. Work on Your Body Language
Working on your body language is also one good tip for a successful Zoom interview. You don’t want to look like someone that is tense and afraid.
You should avoid tapping your hands or feet, clenching your jaw, not looking at the webcam or your screen, or anything that would distract you from relaying your answers and r make you look nervous.
10. Be Serious
Taking a video interview can be a bit of comfort compared to in-person interview. But don’t be too confident and not take this too serious.
You are at the comfort of your home having an interview. You are comfortable but don’t be too excited and let that go too far. Take the interview as serious as an in-person interview.
Now that the world is experiencing a pandemic, video interviews are mostly used and there might be no need for in-person interview since most workers will be working remotely. So take your Zoom interview very serious.
Also Read: Follow Up Email After Interview (5 Actionable Examples)
Zoom Interview Questions with Answers
Below are common interview questions that you are likely going to be asked on your Zoom interview.
Tell me about yourself?
“I’ve been in the banking industry for over four years, primarily working in account and project management roles. I most recently worked as a senior PM for a large health company doing account management and overseeing other project managers. And now I’m looking to expand my experience across different industries, particularly a tech industry like yours, and I believe with my experience I will be able to give the company the best.”
How/Where did you hear about this position?
“Your company was recommended to me by somebody I worked with in a previous job and had heard good things about your organization”
How would you describe yourself?
”I’m a creative thinker. I like to explore alternative solutions to problems, and I have an open mind about what will work best. My creativity has made me an effective team leader because I can anticipate problems and innovate solutions.”
Why did apply for this position?
“Since beginning my career, I’ve wanted to work for a larger organization in this industry, and I know you’re one of the leaders in this space. I’m very interested in your products/services, especially the mobile applications you’re building recently, so I’d be excited to come here and grow my skills with an organization like yours.”
Why did you leave our job?
“Unfortunately, the company’s biggest client went out of business at the beginning of the year and that had a major effect on the company overall revenues. As a result, they had to eliminate some positions and I was among their most recent hires”
Tell me about a challenge you faced and how you handled it
“In my last job, we were facing a tough deadline and my boss was out for the day. Our client was expecting a project to be delivered by 5PM, but we were far behind schedule. I took the lead on the project, delegated tasks to the four other team members in a way that I thought would utilize everyone’s strengths best. And then I re-organized my own personal tasks so I could dedicate my entire day to contributing to this project as well. The project was a success and we delivered the work on-time. I went on to lead more projects after that, and used what I learned to be a better project manager.”
Tell m e about your greatest strengths
“Good question, I have quite some strengths and I wouldn’t want to bore you listing them all but my strengths are good communication skills as I can easily communicate with staffs and customers with ease, dedication and enthusiasm as I am always dedicated in whatever I do and enthusiastic as well, ability to learn from mistakes, etc”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“In 5 years, I would like to get to the point of mastery in my position at this company, which should then in turn propel me for either expanded responsibilities or possible future promotion.”
What motivates you?
“I’m motivated by the fact that, when I leave work at the end of a shift, I know I’ve helped make a difference in the lives of my patients and their families. Seeing the smiles on their faces and watching them improve makes me look forward to work. That’s why I became a nurse, and why I’m pursuing a position in pediatrics.”
Why Should We Hire You?
“You should hire me for my passion and proven abilities in organization for office efficiency. In my previous role as an administrative assistant, I came up with a plan to reorganize the office supply closet by category. We placed fewer orders and saved 30% on office supplies year over year. I’m excited to bring my skills to this role.”
Do you have any questions?
Ask them questions like;
- Who will I closely be working with?
- What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
Now It’s Your Turn
That’s all for my guide on 11 Zoom Interview Questions for Job Seekers (with Answers)
Now I’d like to hear from you:
What tip from this guide do you find most important or have you been missing?
And what about the questions and answers? What’s your take?