Not only has there been a dramatic shift in the way we work but also how businesses hire. With virtual interviewing not going away anytime soon, learn how you can set yourself up for success.
You’re on mute. Is my camera on? Can you hear me? This probably sounds all too familiar with virtual meetings becoming more commonplace these days. Virtual meetings have become an integral part of how organizations hold meetings, lead events, conduct business, and recruit.
As organizations begin to reopen with many workers starting to return to work in person, one thing that is likely to stay virtual is recruiting. Given the flexibility, reduced costs and time as well as faster time-to-hire, businesses have found virtual interviewing to positively impact their recruiting efforts.
Just because your next interview is virtual that doesn’t mean you get a pass with regard to preparing. We’ve put together some tips to help set yourself up for success in your next virtual interview.
Although the meeting is not in-person, the interviewer can still see you! It’s important to look presentable and professional as if you were interviewing in person (even if you’re still wearing pajama bottoms out of view!) If you’re unsure of what to wear, business casual is usually a safe bet.
It’s important that the device you plan to use for the interview has a good connection. You should also make sure you have the platform that will be used for the interview installed ahead of time (for example, google meet or zoom). Don’t forget to “Enable Audio” in your phone settings for the specific app and use headphones for a clear sound. Do a test run with a friend before to make sure it works properly.
During your virtual interview, if something is going wrong, don’t be afraid to use the chat function within the platform to let your interviewer know and they can help you fix it.
It’s ideal that wherever you are for your interview, it is quiet and free of distractions. It may not always be possible to be at home during your interview (if for example, you’re currently working another gig) but it’s ideal to find a quiet space wherever you are. In addition to the noise level, be aware of the physical setting as well. You want to make sure you are the main focus for the interviewer, not the dirty dishes in the background!
Lighting is also important. Avoid sitting with your back to a window as the camera will have trouble focusing and make you appear dark. Instead, try facing the window. You can try a few angles ahead of time so you’re set up just right when it’s time for the interview. Make sure your camera is placed on a stable, flat surface. No one wants to get seasick while participating in a Zoom call.
Thinking of taking your interview during your commute? Might be better to reschedule for a time that you’re not in motion so you don’t lose connectivity and avoid a shaky camera!
Like any interview whether it’s in person or online, it’s important to prepare. Think about some of the questions you may be asked ahead of time and practice your answers so that when it’s time for the real interview your responses come naturally. Here are some sample interview questions that can help get you warmed up. Also, make sure to be on time, or early, as you would do if the interview were in person.
Body language can say a lot about you. For example, are you sitting up straight, making eye contact, and smiling? Within the first seven seconds of meeting (even online) people will have a solid impression of who you are — and some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits like trustworthiness. Check out these great body language tips to make your first impression a lasting one.
It’s important to follow up to say thank you after your interview. In today’s digital world of recruiting, an email is appropriate and should be sent within 24 hours of your interview. Your note should show your appreciation and enthusiasm for the role as well as mention specifics from your conversation. Take a look at this detailed guide from Ladders on how to write a perfect thank you email with some examples.
We hope these tips will help guide you on your next virtual interview. Download the flex app and start interviewing for your next gig!
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