What is a virtual interview?
A virtual interview is an interview that takes place remotely, sometimes over the phone, but often using technology such as video conferencing. If you are currently searching for a job, it is likely that you will be asked to do your interviews virtually. Here are some pointers to set yourself up for success!
1. Test your technology before the interview
Virtual interviews require tools such as a camera and microphone on your computer, a software program (often Google Hangouts or Zoom), and a reliable internet connection. Prior to the interview, you will want to test all of your technology to ensure it works effectively.
30 minutes before your interview, check your internet connection and sign into the video or phone meeting provided by the hiring manager or HR representative. Test the sound and video to ensure everything is working properly.
2. Dress to impress
Dress the same as you would in a face-to-face interview. You will appear professional as well as feel more confident!
3. Get prepared
– Plan your answers for common interview questions
– Research the company's Mission Statement
– Review the job description while noting your relevant qualifications
– Prepare relevant examples of your achievements and experiences
4. Limit all distractions
Find a quiet location with few distractions. Make sure the room is clean and professional-looking. Place your computer on a desk or table instead of your lap or couch.
5. Always use professional body language
Sit up straight and ensure your camera is placed so your face is in the middle of your screen.
In normal interviews, you shake hands with your potential employer at the beginning and the end of the discussion. In a virtual interview, you will need to find other ways to greet and exude enthusiasm, like smiling while giving a confident wave.
6. Build rapport
Be prepared to talk about a common interest, asking how your interviewer’s experience has been with virtual interviews, or find some other neutral topic.
7. Follow up after the interview
Reach out to the HR representative or hiring manager you have been speaking with to get a list of your interviewers’ emails and send them a follow-up email within 24 hours of the interview. Focus on thanking them for their time, reiterating that you are the person for the job, and letting them know you are available if they have any additional questions.
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