How to nail your virtual interview
Interviews can be stressful, there is no doubt about that. Doing reaseach of your employer and choosing the right look is always a must, but having the interview remotely can come with it’s own set of problems. Between the inconsistencies in audio/visual and shotty WiFi…virtual interviews are a whole new game! No need to stress, with a few key tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to nail your next virtual interview!
Preparation is key! Getting yourself ready for a virtual interview can be just as daunting as interviewing face to face, if not more so! What should you keep in mind when preparing for a virtual interview? Read on ;)
Before the Interview
1. Test your technology
Time is precious, so you don’t want to waste any because of technical issues. Make sure that your internet connection, camera, and microphones are working correctly! Is it Skype, Teams or a Zoom interview? Find out ahead of time so you can understand the platform and suit your technology to that platform.
Bonus Tip: make sure the device you plan to use is fully charged before you meet your interviewer!
2. Find a quiet place (not the movie… a literal quiet place)
The focus must be on you! You don ’t want to distract yourself or your interviewer with what’s happening in the background.
Communicate with your family members or roommates (pets, too!) to let them know that you’ll be in an interview so they don’t make any unnecessary noise or interrupt you.
3. Make sure you have a Plan B
We’ve all been there… Technology sometimes fails to cooperate. Think about a second alternative if for some reason the platform you previously chose doesn’t work. Exchange numbers with your recruiter in case the network doesn’t work so you can switch to a phone interview if it’s needed!
Problem solving abilities are something recruiters are always looking for; this could be your first opportunity to demonstrate your skills!
1. Secure a professional presentation
Do you have a great wallpaper or painted your room a cool colour? That’s great, but your interviewer shouldn’t see it. Remember, you are the focal point! Try to find a blank background in a well-lit room.
New season of the Crown starts in 5 days? We can’t wait either, but avoid getting that information during your interview! Make sure you eliminate all potential distractions such as phone or email notifications that can pop-up during your interviews. Be present!
2. Master the Digital Handshake
Body language is important! Now that we can’t introduce ourselves with our well-practiced handshake, make sure you compensate with enthusiasm; a proper posture and a smile with some small talk to start with as if you are walking into the interview room.
Bonus tip: Engage with eye contact! Studies say good eye contact increased retention of what was said in the call! Balance your eye contact and movement to keep the dialogue lively and memorable.
3. Listen, pause, and answer
An in-person conversation gives the ability to observe non-verbal cues to wait before speaking. However, when virtual conversing, it’s not as easy to catch these cues.
So…Pause for a moment before answering questions. This will give you the opportunity to ensure they’ve finished speaking and will give you a moment to frame your answer as well! No need to rush through it!
There are some perks to remote interviews, too! You have the rare opportunity to have your interview an environment familiar to you, home! This takes part of the preassure off and allows you to show the interviewer who you are and why you’re the best person for the job!
Lastly and most importantly, don’t forget to be you! That’s the one thing that only you can offer to your future employer.
Are you looking for an incredible career oportunity? You’re ready to ace the interview so find your next position and put your virtual interview tips to the test!
Check our careers site to find out about our available positions and don’t forget to upload your resume and update your info. We are always looking for talent!