Whether an interview is conducted in-person or virtually, it is important to prepare for the interview. The dynamics of doing your research on the company and knowing the job description do not change. For some reason though, there are individuals who do not take the virtual interview as seriously as if they were going in-person for an interview.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help prepare you for your virtual interview and set you up for success:
Do your research.
It is important that you know as much about the company and the position you are interviewing for so that your interviewers know you are taking this seriously. Doing research could set you apart from other candidates in the interview process, so remember what is going to make you stand out!
Not only can you and should you research the company, but also research the people you are interviewing with. For example, check out LinkedIn or the company bio pages to get a little background on the people you are meeting with.
Download the correct platform you are using.
Whether it be Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or GoogleMeet, make sure that it is downloaded or updated. And remember to practice using the platform in case you need to adjust where you are sitting, and the lighting.
Check your lighting and surrounding area.
This is probably one of the most overlooked tips. Remember to be cognizant of where you are taking the interview (ex. On the couch is a definite no). Also, think about what your surroundings say about you. Having a Bob Marley poster on the wall behind you or clutter around you, may not be the best first impression.
If you are interviewing for a remote or hybrid position, make sure you are taking the interview from a space that gives off the illusion that you can work from home without distractions and have an adequate workspace set up. Even if that means sitting in front of a blank wall, or at a kitchen table.
Make sure the lighting in the room you are taking the interview in isn’t too bright or too dark. This could make it difficult for the interviewer to see you.
Plan out what you are going to wear.
Just because you are interviewing from the comfort of your home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be dressed to impress. Do your make up, do your hair, make sure your shirt is pressed. Dress as if you were walking into the office and meeting with your interviewers face-to-face.
Ladies: Wear a professional top or sweater – do not wear a low cut, tight, or too revealing of a top.
Gentlemen: Wear a long sleeve button-down shirt (with or without a tie is fine) or a polo is acceptable.
Dress your best and be ready to flash your smile.
Just because there’s no travel required for your interview, and you’re in the comfort of your own, doesn’t mean you should look too comfortable for the interview. Dress the part, act the part, and walk yourself through all the steps you normally would if it were in person. Also, be prepared to ask the interviewers questions too! If you want to take notes or jot some notes down next to you prior to the interview for questions, we suggest doing just that.
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