How to Prepare for Your Next Virtual Interview

In this new world we’re all living in, virtual interviews are starting to become more and more commonplace when searching for new job opportunities.  At Career Start, the expert recruiters are here to help you ace your next interview, whether it’s on Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, or another virtual meeting space. 

There are a few key steps that are important to take prior to your upcoming interview.  You might think it’s harder to stand out to someone over a computer screen, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Our team is here to guide you through your interview process every step of the way.  Read on for some helpful tips about preparing for your next virtual interview.

Test your technology

As soon as your future employer requests a virtual interview with you, make sure you have the appropriate and adequate technology to be able to have everything go off with no technological problems.  This could mean checking your internet connection, ensuring you have an account set up on whatever platform they want you to use, and testing out the link that they have sent you.

Minimize distractions & set the scene

Pick the spot where you’re going to actually conduct the interview itself.  It’s important that your background is clear of anything distracting or any clutter.  Find a place with good lighting, and that the wall/area behind you doesn’t have anything inappropriate.  Tidying up your surroundings will let your employers know that you’re an organized and detail-oriented person. Silence your phone, close any windows that could cause unnecessary noise, and eliminate all other distracting factors.  

Practice, practice, practice

Run through exactly what you would do before tuning in for your interview and what you plan to highlight about yourself during the interview.  Just like you would for a normal interview, research the company beforehand.  Research who is interviewing you as well.  Be prepared to ask follow-up questions about the role and position itself.  Run through your resume and be able to summarize your past positions in a few sentences.  Try not to memorize every response to avoid sounding robotic and rehearsed.  Let everything flow naturally and keep a notepad nearby with some bullet points in case you get stuck. Don’t forget that you are also interviewing the company to see if it is a good fit for you. Do your research and have a list of questions to ask them as well.

Be aware of your body language

Be aware of how you’re presenting yourself.  You don’t have the opportunity to shake your interviewer’s hand over a video call, but that doesn’t mean you can’t communicate professionalism in another way. Just be sure to sit up straight, smile, and keep the camera at eye level.

Dress the part

Despite not meeting the interviewer in person, it’s still important to look presentable over a video call.  Dress just as you normally would for a professional situation and be sure that your hair is well kept.

Career Start continues to raise the bar in the staffing industry. At our core, we connect great people with great opportunities. Let’s chat – contact us online or call us today at 585-360-2620.

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