Do you have a virtual interview scheduled and want to ensure you stand out from the crowd? Here are 5 tips to help you ace your interview!
PICK A LOCATION
Make sure you set up in a well-lit spot, preferably near a window and void of clutter in the background. If you are in a house full of people, try to find a quiet spot to minimize distractions.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect!” Think of the virtual interview as no different than an in-person interview. Ask a friend to have a practice interview over Zoom or Skype. That way you can work out all the kinks before the real interview takes place.
Bonus Tip! Did you know that rather than looking at the person you’re speaking to, you should look into the camera, to give the illusion of eye contact?
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Even though the interview is taking place in the comfort of your own home, you want to make a good impression! A potential employer doesn’t want to see you in sweatpants and a messy bun, no matter how comfy it may be! Dress professionally, exactly how you would for an in-person interview. This will show your interviewer you are serious about the job.
For an in-person interview, you normally bring your resume and any other materials the company may ask of you. For a virtual interview, you may not need your resume but you should still have one on hand just in case. Have a pen and paper near you to take notes, and illustrate any ideas you may need to show during the interview. Additionally, have your phone near just in case the connection drops. That way you can call back and proceed with the interview.
Lastly, and we cannot stress this enough: PLEASE turn your phone on silent and close all tabs on your computer! You don’t want to be in the middle of an interview and constantly hear a ping in the background as you receive notifications.
RELAX AND BREATHE
Companies understand there may be technical issues or the occasional barking dog in the background – they won’t hold it against you. There could even be technical difficulties on their part. Life happens! Remember to continue the interview as usual.
Relax, breathe, and remember to be yourself! As companies increase their use of remote interviewing options, it’s important for job seekers to be familiar with this technology and learn the ways to present themselves in a professional manner online.