The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many traditional business practices. To limit the risk of infection, companies across the country are opting to conduct their work remotely, which has forced employers and employees alike to adapt to changing expectations quickly. This new approach to business impacts job seekers as well.
An increasing number of hiring managers now choose to conduct at least some of their interviews over video conferencing. This approach limits their exposure to infection and allows them to be ultra-selective about the candidates they bring in for in-person meetings.
While job seekers still need to do their research, prepare questions, and dress for success in the same way as they would in a face-to-face setting, virtual interviews do present unique considerations. If you’re currently in the job market, here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
There are dozens of different video conferencing platforms available, and every organization uses a different provider. During a remote interview, you want to command the interviewer’s attention, not distract them as you figure out how to work the software in real-time.
Before your interview, download the video conferencing app and work with it. Make practice calls, if you can, so you can confidently navigate the software before, during, and after your interview.
Most video conferencing tools allow you to record calls for later review. As you prepare for your interview, try practicing with a friend or family member, and recording your interaction. This can be an incredible tool to spot mistakes or nervous tics that may distract from your message.
Make sure the location where you sit is neat and clean. You don’t want activity or clutter behind you distracting your interviewer as you talk. Zoom allows you to use virtual backgrounds. However, you need to create an account to access this feature.
It’s not possible to record in-person meetings. However, you may be able to record your virtual interviews. This will allow you to see what your interviewer sees and compare your performance to practice sessions. It’s important to obtain permission from your interviewer before recording your conversation. Some interviewers may also disable this feature, so be prepared for that possibility.
Interviews are stressful situations, and sometimes you might forget to mention a piece of information or ask a critical question. During virtual interviews, you can keep a cheat sheet hidden from the camera to reference when needed. However, it's best to memorize as much as possible.
If you need to cough or sneeze or are interrupted by background noise, you can use the software's mute button to cut off your audio.
Some video conferencing platforms allow users to create their own profile names that display on-screen. The simplest approach is to use your full name as your profile name. If you're using an old account, make sure that your email address and profile names are updated and professional.
Make sure you check for audio issues before your interview. If you're using headphones or earbuds, make sure they connect to your computer and that you can be heard and understood. Nothing will derail a virtual interview faster than connection or audio problems.
Remember, confidence is key in any interview situation. Focus on your experience, qualifications, and the unique things you'll bring to this job that no one else can. If you can do that, you'll shine — even in a virtual setting.
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