The last thing you want to do is leave your recruiter hanging mid-conversation because your devices suddenly decide to disconnect. To get the jump on any computer or AV issues, schedule a mock interview with a friend a day or two prior on the same video-conferencing platform, whether that’s Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or Zoom. “If possible, use a headset,” advises Leo Paduch, a talent acquisition leader based in San Diego. Understated earbuds like the Galaxy Buds Pro offer a clean look while preventing distracting echoes on the other end. Plus, with three built-in microphones and the voice pickup unit, Buds Pro will let recruiters hear every word in crystal-clear sound (which is tough to replicate if you’re using a built-in laptop mic). As part of your mock interview checklist, also double check that your Buds are pairing properly with your laptop to avoid any last-minute Bluetooth snafus.
Above all else, Chen recommends having a plan B for all the common issues: “You should ensure the interviewer has your mobile number in order to quickly continue the interview by phone.”