The ability to do a virtual interview has been around for a while. However, it wasn’t until 2020 that interviewing through a video chat really became such widely practiced. Although COVID-19 may have accelerated the adoption of this trend, you can assume that video interviews are here to stay.
In fact, they will most likely become more popular as technology continues to advance. This means that you will want to study up on how to successfully interview via video.
Many of the in-person interview tips you have heard before also apply virtually. Yet, there some practices unique to a virtual interview that you should keep in mind:
Have your resume and any other information you might need handy.
When you interview in-person, you don’t have the luxury of being around all your belongings. That means that you must remember to bring your resume and any other required documents with you.
At home, you might feel more relaxed knowing any information you might be asked for is at least somewhere within the same building as you. However, you don’t want to have to get up and leave the camera view to find your resume or portfolio in the middle of your interview. This could send the message that you are unprepared and unprofessional.
Instead, print documents off ahead of time and set them in your interview spot, along with a pen and notepad to write down any notes. Alternatively, you could consider opening the digital version on your computer or additional monitor – just be sure flipping between documents and the video interview platform does not become distracting.
Choose your virtual interview location carefully.
It’s likely that you will be interviewing from somewhere within your home. Because your prospective employer won’t get to see you in person, you will want to do everything you can to give them a quality impression of who you are.
This means choosing a location with the right background and lighting.
Your background should be plain, or at least neat and tidy. You don’t want to have personal items or clutter within the camera frame.
Additionally, pick a spot that has plenty of light. If you can, face a window so natural light hits your profile evenly.
You should also consider your set-up. Try to seat yourself in a firm chair at a table. This will simulate a typical interview space and help you to keep an upright posture.
This rule remains the same no matter what format you are interviewing in.
In fact, it is even more important to have a neat appearance virtually, as you already have fewer ways to make a true impression on your interviewer.
They can’t shake your hand or see the way you carry yourself, so what you wear will speak even louder to the type of person – and employee – you are.
Bonus: While interviewers can still see your clothes through a video chat, they really only get your top half on camera. If you aren’t planning on standing up during your interview, then feel free to wear yoga pants, jeans or joggers – we promise we won’t tell!
Limit outside distractions.
When in the comfort of your own space, this can be one of the hardest things to do.
If you live with other people, try to choose an interview time when the fewest are around. This will help to limit noise that you don’t have control over.
Find a place that can be reliably quiet. Rooms that are farther from common areas or on a different floor from others will be best.
Once settled, close unneeded tabs on your phone or computer and silence any incoming notifications. Additionally, if you aren’t using your phone to interview, then make sure it is out of reach. You don’t want to grab for it out of comfort or habit while on the call. This could send the message that you are unfocused – or even uninterested in the job opportunity.
Sign in to your virtual interview early.
Technology is a useful tool, but it can also be unpredictable.
Most people are already nervous before an interview, so do yourself a favor and don’t wait until right before your timeslot to log on. Rather, take time well before to make sure you can access the meeting.
This will give you the chance to become comfortable with the sign-in process for the specific platform you will be using. It should also allow you to identify and resolve any technical difficulties before your virtual interview is scheduled to start.
Did you know that Remedy Intelligent Staffing is offering virtual interviews in addition to our normal in-person meetings? Contact your local office to schedule one today!