Master Your Virtual Interview

Thanks to technology and new Covid-19 restrictions, companies are now more than ever, using virtual interview software and applications to screen and interview job applicants. Whether you are participating in an in-person or virtual interview, your goal is still the same: to make a lasting impression that earns you a follow-up interview or offer. Virtual interviews present some unique challenges. Following are four key tips to help you master your virtual interview. 

Technology

Test your technology tools in advance of the interview. There are a lot of reliable options on the market that companies are using such as  ZoomTeams, Skype & Hirevue. Make sure you have downloaded the appropriate software. Test your Internet connectivity, as well as the microphone and camera to ensure you’ll be able to proceed without a glitch. 

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Interview via computer is becoming an interview staple

Environment

Find a spot that is clean and free of any distractions.  Pick a quite space.  Ask family, friends and pets to stay out of the way during the interview. Turn off the TV, music and silence your cell phone. Find a well-lit room and control the outside light.  Too much light coming through the windows can make it difficult to see your face.  Conduct the interview in a clutter free space so the interviewer can concentrate on you and not what is in the background. 

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Keep your interviewing space clutter free

Attire

Your virtual interview should be treated like an in-person interview. Groom accordingly and wear appropriate business attire. Dressing in professional business attire will also make you feel more prepared and confident. Professional clothing will show the interviewer that you are taking this process and the position seriously.

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Dress for Success

Preparation

As with any interview, you will get the best results if you take time to prepare in advance. Research the company through their website and any industry publications. Video meetings are interactive events where you can build a connection with the interviewer. To help you prepare, write out questions you can ask.  Have a pen and paper nearby to take notes.  Understand your strengths and weaknesses and be prepare to share them.  Consider common interview questions and think of some answers.  Common questions may include:

  • Why do you want to work at this company
  • What interests you about this role
  • Tell me about a challenge you faced at work and how you overcame it
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Have a notepad and pen nearby during the interview

Virtual interviews are becoming increasingly popular and necessary for many companies. Virtual communication requires special considerations and adjustments.  Follow the above recommendations and you will master the ability to conduct a successful virtual interview.   

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