If you’re in the market for a job, the chances are pretty high that you’ll be conducting the interview via your WIFI. According toCheryl Hyatt, a partner with Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to have great notes. Not only can they help you remember what you want to discuss, but Hyatt says “when you’re interviewing virtually you have the advantage of being able to have them out.”
Here are some of the most important areas to focus your cheat-sheet on:
- The Company.Have some bullet points dedicated to the history, key players, and values of the company. When you see your opportunity, slip in a few tidbits to show the hiring manager you’ve done your homework. According to Hyatt, “everyone has a mission, and you should know what that is. If they don’t talk about it during the interview, ask about it.”
- Your Unique Skills Or Experiences. Your notes should have some examples that prove why you’re the most qualified candidate for the position. But remember, your cheat-sheet should only have short blurbs or even keywords to remind you what you want to focus on. They’ve already got your resume, no need to read it to them.
- A List Of Questions. You know that at the end of the interview, they’re going to ask “do you have any questions for me?” so you might as well come prepared. At the bottom of your notes, have some questions ready to go. If you need some inspiration, asking about the manager’s leadership style or tasks that might not be in the job description could be a good place to start.
If you’re going into your video interview with notes, don’t get caught staring at them. Hyatt recommends using sticky notes and putting them around the camera, or on the wall behind it so it at least appears like you’re trying to make eye contact.