Every year, the workforce continues to provide flexibility in working remotely. Many companies are expanding their talent search to other areas outside of their region. Companies are even expanding all over the world to find talented people to work for them. As remote opportunities continue to remain consistent, companies have embraced not only working remotely but conducting interviews remotely as well.
If you have applied to companies and got a call for an interview, whether it’s an in-person or virtual interview, you need to be prepared. Knowing the do’s and don’t of a virtual interview is just as important, and we are here to make sure you nail the interview!
So let’s get into what you need to do to prepare for your virtual interview:
We know people feel the most comfortable when they are at home, but make sure you still present a clean and tidy space in your home. Make sure the area behind you is still in a presentable form. We wouldn’t want the company you applied to work for to see your space a mess. The point is to remain professional and that includes the space around you. Also, make sure it's quiet as well. You don’t want major noise like the tv on in the background. It can be a distraction for the person interviewing you, and you want to make sure that you can hear the questions being asked to you so that you can answer them appropriately.
It is best to clean your space ahead of time before the start of your interview and to make sure that pets are in another area of your home so that you won’t be distracted or apologize for the distractions. You should be sure to give your full and undivided attention to the interview. This shows how attentive and engaging you are to the interviewer, thus making a good impression.
We get that it may just be a virtual interview and only the top half of you will be seen by the interviewer, but you still should make sure that your attire is presentable. Make sure your clothes are well put together and the fabric lays nicely. Comfortable clothes would be awesome to wear, but again, you want to make sure you look professional. If comfort makes you the happiest, try putting together an outfit that is breathable, but yet polished. You know the saying, “when you look good, you feel good!”
Although you can’t predict what issues may come up with technology, make sure your internet service and connections are at full capacity and operating smoothly. Doing the night before or even hours before your interview will allow you to catch any tech issues ahead of time.
If you are having any issues, reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager to communicate the issue and ask if there are other options to conduct the interview. Most video software can also be used on your mobile device if set up properly beforehand. So if your computer or laptop is not an option, try using your mobile phone to log into the video call.
Just as with any interview, you want to make sure you are ready to talk about your skills and experience with the interviewer, and how you can benefit the company. Achievements you have accomplished and what you feel you can accomplish in working with the company you are interviewing for. Being confident in your abilities and what you can offer will show let the interviewer see that they really need you on their team.
No matter where you are or who you are speaking to, you should always be yourself. Engaging in conversation with the interviewer shows your true personality. Meaning, let them see the easy-going person you are while still maintaining a level of professionalism. Believe it or not, people can still sense your energy even behind a computer or phone screen. So let your personality shine through and nail the interview!
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