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Why ‘Zoom Fatigue’ Might Be Hurting Your Interviews

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The pandemic has arguably changed the landscape of the hiring process, most notably in the interview stage. Videoconferencing has evolved from a “nice to have” tool to now being the only means of communication between job seekers and employers. Most notable among the videoconferencing sphere is Zoom, a teleconferencing platform designed to help bridge the gap between job seekers, hiring managers, teachers, students, and even doctors and patients.

With the majority of our time spent interacting with others done primarily through videoconferencing, a new psychological problem has emerged - ‘Zoom fatigue.’ Many people are finding that Zoom calls are leaving them unnaturally tired than they would normally be at the end of a workday or an interview. 

This is because your brain has to work harder to pick up on social cues and also process different factors of the conversation that would normally be easier in person. While this may seem that virtual interviews will leave you at a disadvantage, there are simple ways that you can combat these feelings of lethargy, stay alert, and give a stellar interview.

If you’re in a Zoom fatigue rut and are faced with multiple interviews, the easiest thing you can do is to stop multitasking during calls. This helps your brain to focus on the conversation. If you have multiple interviews in one day, avoid scheduling them back to back to allow yourself time to reset, focus, and refresh, if you can. You can also hide the image of yourself to avoid distractions and to help focus entirely on the interviewer. 

In addition to these suggestions, Orion has put together a comprehensive virtual interview guide with tips and tricks to help you find your next career. Check it out to discover success stories, listen to our podcast on how to ace your virtual interview, and find out what companies are currently hiring virtually. Get started now.

 

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