Effective Interviewing: Top 6 Steps to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

Effective Virtual Interview

Are you preparing to phase out of your current job? The process can seem overwhelming, but we’re here to make the switch a lot easier on you. Many job interviews are looking a little different nowadays. Given the continuous advancements in technology and the current state of the world, a lot of companies are making the switch to virtual interviews.

Connecting with hiring managers via video can be convenient and less time-consuming, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. On top of your normal preparations, it’s imperative you take these six steps when it comes to your virtual interview:

1.    Test Your Technology

The last thing you need is a glitch interrupting the flow of your interview. On top of throwing you off your game, it could also shake the hiring manager’s faith in you. Technical skills are important for a wide variety of jobs, and you want to show that you are competent on your computer.

2.    Look the Part

Even though you’ll be sitting in front of a computer screen, dress as you would for an in-person interview. You’ll look great and you’ll feel better, too. Focus on simple professional attire that doesn’t create any unwanted distractions—that means no intricate patterns or excessive jewelry. Another tip: Avoid bracelets that can scrape against your computer or dangly earrings that draw attention away from you.

3.    Stay Professional Online

Your online identity can say a lot about you. Make sure both your email address and username are short, simple, and professional. Play it safe and use variations of your name so you are easily identifiable, too. Another good rule of thumb is to avoid using the numbers “1” and “0,” as they can be easily mistaken for “L’s” and “O’s” respectively. This can potentially mess up future contact after your interview.

4.    Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When setting up your interview space, aim to have a simple background. You want the hiring manager to be focused on you and the things you say. Additionally, you want to appear as professional as possible. Call from a quiet space where nothing or no one can interrupt you during your conversation. If you have kids or pets, close the door to minimize any external distractions.

5.    Practice Your Interview

You’ve made it this far; now it’s time for the interview itself. Do your research before hopping on the video call. It’s impossible to predict exactly how the interview will go, but you can stay ahead by learning about the company and preparing answers to common questions. This will show the interviewer that you’re committed to this specific job and that you care enough to put in the extra time and effort.

6.    Follow Up

It’s important to stand out amongst the other candidates. In addition to making an impression throughout your interview, send a quick thank you message to whomever you spoke with. Feel free to ask a question or add any additional comments you didn’t have time for during the call. Just make sure to keep your email short and to the point!

As technology continues to advance, our methods of interacting with people evolve with it. With with these six tools under your belt, you can conquer any video call and land the job of your dreams.

If you’re getting ready to transition into a new phase of your life, the career growth experts at MarCan Coaching & Consulting can help. Reach out to our team to learn more about how you can take control of your job transition.


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