The job search process has a bit of a different look to it recently. Starting off with a preliminary phone call rather than going into the office to meet face to face has become the norm in the last few years. We want to help you nail a virtual interview no matter the stage of job search you’re in!
In fact, even having more than one call or video session prior to going into their office to meet has become common. But, for the most part, there was always that face to face portion to it, where you, the candidate, would go to the office you would likely be working in and meet with the hiring manager or your potential boss. This is no longer a thing.
There is (likely) no more in-person portion, just a face to face via video call. For some this may feel better, but for others, it may bring about newfound anxiety. The interview process is already stressful!
Here are some tips on how to nail a virtual interview.
How To Nail A Virtual Interview
Prepare Just As You Would
Just because you are not physically going into an office to meet with someone does not mean that you should prepare any less! Make sure you do your research before the interview so you are prepared to answer any questions about the company and so you can show off your knowledge of the role and properly showcase what you can bring to the table.
Read up on the company, know what their mission is, know what they are looking for in this role, and reference all of that during the interview just as you would if it were in person.
Do A Mock Video Interview
It is likely that in the past you asked a friend, mentor, family member, etc. to help you prep for the interview by asking you mock questions. This should still happen, but have a run through of the video interview instead.
If you know what video platform the interview would be happening on, create a new meeting for you and your friend (or whoever you choose to help) so you can get comfortable with the technology. Set yourself up so you will be sitting in the same place you will for the interview, this way your friend can notice if the lighting is a bit too dark, if the background is a bit too busy, and so on.
Then have him or her ask you some questions, both so you can prepare for anything the interviewer will throw at you and to make sure your audio is crisp and not static.
Have Notes In Front Of You
There is a chance that in prior in-person interviews you had some notes jotted down on a notebook you brought with you. But the beauty of this virtual interview is that they cannot see what is on your desk or your second screen.
Think of it as an open-book test — you can have the website of the organization up to reference, notes you took in front of you, and so on. Be cautious to make sure your eyes don’t move back and forth too much so that the interviewer can tell that you are reading. But it can be helpful and a safety net to have important notes, websites, LinkedIn pages, etc. in front of you like that during the interview.
Just because you are in your own home does not mean you can log into a virtual interview in a t-shirt, or worse, you pajamas! Yes, the interviewer is only seeing you from the waste up but just in case you move the wrong way or need to get up during the middle of the interview for any reason you do not want to run the risk of him or her seeing something they shouldn’t.
Plus, you still want to show that you are a professional who will take this job very seriously, and that doesn’t change in a virtual setting. Make sure you do not look like you just got out of bed (even if you may have!).
Just because the interview is happening from the comfort of your own home does not mean that it should be taken any less seriously than if it were happening in person. Sit up straight, dress properly, and do not take the call from your bed or from your couch.
If there are others in the house, make sure they know you have this important interview so they know not to be too loud or to not come into the room you are in. Silence your phones if you can and put any pets in the other room.
And, if something does happen during the interview, acknowledge it. Everyone knows that technology (and life) issues happen — something similar has likely happened to the interviewer too. Don’t stress, follow these 4 pieces of advice, and you will be sure to nail a virtual interview!