As if the process of going through interviews wasn’t daunting enough, throwing in the term virtual just makes it all the worse. It’s no surprise that virtual interviews are universally hated.
Combined with technical problems, like forgetting you are unmuted or consistent lags, virtual interviews can go horribly wrong. You’re unable to visit physical offices, meet potential teammates, and get a clear sense of a company’s culture.
But we do live in the age of technology and due to the not so recent life changes brought about by the pandemic, it seems virtual interviews are going to be a part of our lives for a while. So might as well make the most of it! Our team knows too well how stressful this process can be, so we’ve compiled a handy guide that can help you breeze through your next virtual interview!
Tips To Nail Virtual Interviews:
- Test Your Tech!
The minute you agree to a virtual interview, test your technology to ensure you won’t experience any lags. There is nothing worse than logging on five minutes before a meeting and realizing you’re ill prepared. Do a test run to make sure your equipment is working well. And it doesn’t hurt to be ready and waiting at least 10 minutes beforehand.
- Preparation Is Key:
Unlike traditional face-to-face interviews, virtual interviews can be conducted from the comfort of your home. Despite the familiar setting, you may still encounter some unexpected situations.
Do Your Research: It’s not enough to have all the answers, in order to stand out, be prepared to ask the right questions too. And that’s where research comes in.
Stay Calm: Nerves show, even on virtual interviews, so try and stay calm. Let your personality shine through.
Jot Some Notes: When in doubt, refer to some handy information and tips about the organization or individual you’re interviewing with.
- Mind Your Body Language:
Virtual interviews are more monotonous than their real life counterparts. It takes a lot more to stand out and engage the interviewer. You might not be able to extend a firm handshake but that doesn’t mean you can’t exude confidence by minding your posture and maintaining eye contact. It really helps to show your interest by asking questions and sharing your experiences.
- Dress The Part:
Let’s face it, you’re probably going to give virtual interviews while sitting in bed, but you don’t have to look like it. Make sure you dress to impress. Getting fully dressed up for the interview makes you look professional, but also helps to put you in the right mindset for a formal conversation with a potential employer
- Be Yourself:
We know this may sound basic but you can’t underestimate the importance of showing authenticity, whether you’re in person or on a video call. By showing your personality and sharing interesting anecdotes to create a rapport with the interviewer, you immediately raise your recall and create a positive impression.
- Don’t Forget To Follow Up:
Just like an in-person interview, following up is imperative! You should think about sending a quick email to the interviewer or recruiting manager to say how much you enjoyed talking to them and learning about the role.
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