The last year or so has been a funny old time. Nevertheless, the world has continued to move forward, and, while many people have been furloughed or even made redundant, jobs are still popping up. And with this comes job interviews.
The world has changed greatly in such a short space of time and many say the workplace has now changed forever, having shown that working from home isn’t the hurdle we all thought it was. Therefore, virtual interviews will no doubt be on the rise and you’ll need to be prepared.
Just like a regular interview, virtual interviews are conducted face-to-face to find out who you are and what you have to offer. However, it isn’t 100% face-to-face as it’s all done remotely via the internet, and therefore comes with a whole host of other considerations when doing your interview prep.
Below, we take a look at our top tips for a virtual job interview to help you through.
With a virtual interview, before it has even started there are things you need to ensure you’ve done. While some of these may be similar to an in-person interview, there are uniquely virtual preparation techniques. Below are our four most important:
The most important part of a virtual interview is ensuring your internet works. So, maybe an hour or even the day before, you should have a test run by video calling a friend. Whether you’re using Teams, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or another form of video call technology, no matter how much it’s been used, a test run is always recommended to prevent you from being late and flustered. Also, make sure everything is set up ready and waiting for the interview too.
For anyone who’s been sat at home over the last year or so, getting dressed has probably been low down on your list of priorities. However, a virtual interview, just like a face-to-face interview, requires a level of professionalism – and this begins with the way you look. Always dress to impress and don’t just dress the part of you they can see, you may need to stand up at some point.
This applies to you and those interviewing you. The last thing you want is to see something interesting on the TV or notice your phone going crazy with WhatsApp messages. Similarly, you don’t want the interviewer to be distracted by artwork, pets or even mess. So, make sure you find an area that’s clean and quiet where your time can be entirely devoted to the interview.
This should go without saying, but make sure you prepare beforehand – after all, this is an interview. Research the company and the role, and make sure you read over the job spec so you’re fully prepared for what could lie ahead.
Once the interview begins, remember that it’s an interview, no matter where you are. Here are four tips to get you through that.
It’s very easy to get distracted when you’re not truly face-to-face with someone, however, you’ll need to be completely focused to show how much you want the role. You’ll remember that we said you should limit distractions around you, and by doing this you’ll be able to focus 100% on the interview for the best chance of success.
Because you aren’t in front of these people in a real-life setting, you’ll need to be aware of your body language. Ensuring you don’t appear too relaxed in your setting, which could come across as not caring, is vital. Meanwhile, just because you’re not in the same room doesn’t mean the interviewer can’t see you. So, make sure you don’t pull any faces that may be offensive during the interview.
You may feel yourself trying to overcompensate in the strange setting and talk too much, which could come across as rude, especially if you cut the person off when they’re mid-conversation. Therefore, you should sit back, listen, take notes of what’s being said, and prepare to talk once there’s a clear break in the conversation.
Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s totally alien, and, chances are, many of the classic questions will pop up. Therefore, during your preparation time, you should also rehearse answers to some common interview questions alongside researching the company and reading over the job spec.
Once your interview is over, it’s important to do a few things afterwards, just as you would after an interview before the pandemic. These can include:
You’d likely do this after an interview anyway, and a virtual one should be no different. Take the time to thank the interviewer and let them know you look forward to hearing from them.
If there’s anything you feel you failed to ask, don’t hesitate to send some further questions over to show your continued interest in the role.
If you get the role, fantastic! If not, ask for feedback as it could help you prepare for another virtual interview at a later date.
So, while the world has changed, the job market is still going strong, albeit, slightly more remote. But, with the above tips, nailing an interview online should be as easy as a face-to-face one.
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