In recent years, video call software has carved out a niche in the job searching scene. Being able to connect face-to-face in a virtual space has allowed applicants and employers to get more meaningful context from initial screenings without the same commitment as connecting in the office (think: commute time, gas money, interview prep, etc.).
For some, virtual interviewing can alleviate the anxieties associated with meeting someone for the first time in a new office environment. Even with all the pros, virtual interviewing is a relatively new addition to a recruiter’s toolbox. As a job seeker, how to present yourself in the best professional (and literal) light during a virtual interview might not always be clear.
If you are new to the virtual interview scene, here are 5 Dos and Don’ts of virtual interviewing:
DO: Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
It is crucial you find a private, secluded area where you can have a conversation without distractions or interruptions.
Before starting, check your internet connection and sign on to the app ahead of time, so you can work out any technical difficulties before the interview starts. The last thing you want to deal with is spotty WIFI or a failed login while you’re trying to tell a recruiter that you are the best fit for the job because you are always prepared.
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DO: Remain Professional at All Times
Just because your interview is not physically in an office, doesn’t mean your professionalism can slip. Keep in mind the objective of this virtual interview is to demonstrate why you are the best fit for a job, and that can be a little hard to do if you are in pajama bottoms.
Be sure to dress just as you would to an in-person interview; your appearance and professionalism are a big part of the first impression you leave with a prospective employer.
DO: Research the Company Before Your Interview
Coming to the interview prepared and knowledgeable about the company and position you are interviewing for is also important. Researching a company before your interview will help you better understand a company’s culture and its values. Additionally, it can help you build informed questions to ask during your interview.
Furthermore, this knowledge shows an interviewer you are interested in the company’s culture and what they stand for. It also sends the message to your interviewer that you are looking for a career and not a job.
DON'T: Forget to Be Personable
When you are in a room by yourself and talking to a phone or computer screen, it can be easy to forget about things like eye contact and smiling. You don’t want to seem robotic, so be sure to make consistent eye contact and smile you need to let your personality shine.
DON'T: Treat Your Virtual Interview Any Differently Than an In-Person Interview
Just like any other interview, be sure to come prepared with things like a copy of your resume and knowledge of the position you are interviewing for. Try to be as detailed as possible when describing your previous positions; not all interviewers are familiar with all roles, so make sure you are giving yourself credit for all your accomplishments.
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Virtual interviews are growing in popularity. Some people view them as a way to supplement their in-person interview schedules, and others prefer them to face-to-face interviewing.
Wherever your preferences fall, by following these 5 simple tips, you’ll be sure to nail the next virtual interview you have.