March 2022 Newsletter

A belated Happy New Year to all of you. Hope you had a nice break or at least stayed safe.

Getting Covid 19 in early January along with lots of other people has made me a bit more hesitant in providing face to face training.

Therefore, this year is going to be a continuation of tailored individualised training on Zoom or Skype.

As many selection interviews are currently conducted on Zoom, this will be a valuable way of preparing for the new world of interviews.

Over the last 2 years most of my training has been online and what has become very clear is that a number of adjustments need to be made for an online interview.  Some of the adjustments when preparing for a Zoom interview include:

  • To set up the camera so that you can look straight into the camera rather than the person. It feels strange but this is how eye contact will be made when using Zoom.
  • Make sure the lighting in the room does not reflect onto the screen.
  • Focus on building rapport with the interview panel is more difficult so it is important to use facial expressions such as smiling during the interview.
  • Speak very clearly and slightly slower to ensure you are clearly understood as there may be a slight time lag or the voice is distorted.
  • Use your voice to emphasise important points to keep the interview panel engaged. (A monotone voice will ensure the panel will be sound asleep by half way through your answer).
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer asking the question looking straight at the camera.

During the next month I am looking at the best way to conduct group training on Zoom. While I have a strong preference for face-to-face this may not be an option in the short term. I would be interested to know who would be interested to participate in small group training online.

Just click on your preferred response below and send the email it creates through to me:


Yes No Undecided


When I have made a decision, the information will be on the website and I will email a news update.

Currently it is also difficult to make a decision re interstate travel and will be following health department advice and what is happening with the spread of Covid 19 latest version.

If you have any questions or would like more details about the services provided, please email or mobile 0412 007 682
Feel free to forward this newsletter to friends who may need job interview training.

Deborah Barit

About Deborah Barit

Deborah Barit is a Sydney based author, trainer, consultant and Director of Impressive Interviews who specialises in training individuals and groups for job interviews. She has successfully placed clients from professions as diverse as health, law, IT, senior management and the arts in positions of their choice. For the last 15 years she has specialised in training doctors for medical specialty selection interviews and more recently consultants for senior roles.

Prior to this, her career has included selection and recruitment both in Australia and overseas, labour market research, evaluation of government-funded programs and working with disability employment services.  She holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations form UTS.

Deborah is a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development,