According to school Principals these are the top tips to get your next job in the UAE

Job interviews can be daunting—especially if your prospective employer wants to chat face-to-face online. Online job interviews have become more popular particularly if you are applying overseas.

Going through an online job interview for the first time can be scary, but don’t worry!

Here are six tips to help you succeed:

  1. Do a test-run with your computer
  2. Pick the perfect spot
  3. Eliminate distractions
  4. Sit up and dress professionally
  5. Calm your nerves
  6. Look your interviewer in the eye


  1. Yes Test Run

In this day and age, technology can be overwhelming and with online interviews especially, you need to feel comfortable using whichever method your prospective employee prefers (BOTIM,Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.). Once you’re comfortable with the program you’ll be using, it’s a good idea to test your internet connection as well as your audio and sound capabilities to make sure everything works properly. You might want to call upon a friend to perform a sound test and also perhaps to help you practise to act out a role-play of the interview.

Pro Tip: Before logging on, ask the interviewer what the format is. Here are a few questions to ask to make sure you’re prepared:

* Is it an audio interview or both audio and video?

* Is there someone on the other end of the video or are the questions pre-recorded?

* If they are pre-recorded, how many chances do I get to record my answer?

* What do I do or who do I call if I start having technical difficulties?

  1. Pick the right spot.

Make sure it isn’t too dark but also stay away from overhead lights during the interview if you can. If possible, try to settle down near a window. Natural light is best because bad lighting can be distracting. A glare could make it difficult for the interviewer to see you—and you always want to put your best foot (or in this case, face) forward!

Pro Tip: Scope out a good spot to conduct your online meeting the day before to make sure you’re not rushing around before the interview.

  1. Eliminate Distractions

Silence anything that could interfere with your conversation, including your phone and email notifications on your computer.

Pro Tip: Make sure no one else is around when you are completing your interview, including children and pets.

  1. Dress professionally.

Even though you’re not meeting your interviewer in person, make sure to dress for success and sit up straight.

Your appearance is hugely crucial to making a good impression.

Pro Tip:  Don’t forget to smile! Whether you are talking to an actual person or recording your answers, smile the way you would during a face to face person interview.

  1. Calm your nerves.

Prepare your main talking points if you’re nervous and remember to slow down—it can be easy to talk over people on online calls due to signal delays in transmission

Pro Tip: Even though this particular interview is hosted online, don’t forget to review your traditional interview skills. You’ll want to have answers prepared to some of the more common interview questions and examples in case they ask for specifics.

  1. Look your interviewer directly in the eye.

Eye contact is hugely important. Instead of looking at the person on the screen, look directly into the webcam and stay engaged.

Pro Tip: If you are uncomfortable, put a picture of someone you know up by the webcam. This way, you feel as though you’re chatting with a friend. Overall, this will make you more comfortable.