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Virtual interview tips

As businesses adapt from the current COVID-19 crisis, many companies and IT staffing agencies will be using remote video interview software to replace face-to-face in person meetings.

Just because they are virtual interviews doesn’t mean that you should treat them any differently than in person ones. Here are a few virtual interview tips to help you get started.

The 5 tips for interviewing virtually are: test your technical systems,  dress professionally, organize your workspace, be prepared and practice for your virtual interview.

1. Test your technical systems

Make sure your internet connection, camera and microphone is working.  It won’t help if your picture is grainy or your microphone isn’t working, so go ahead and get everything working beforehand.

If you haven’t logged onto Google meet, Zoom, Skype, Gotomeeting (or other virtual meeting places) get familiar with the program the interviews conducted on.

2. Dress professional

Thinking about video interview dress codes? You wouldn’t walk into an interview without a shower, so don’t show up virtually without one either.

That goes for the rest of your appearance as well. Brush your hair, shave if you need to and dress appropriately for the interview. It’s a good idea to wear soft neutral colors and avoid any colors that are too bright and distracting.

3. Organize your work space

Make sure your surroundings are clean, tidy and distraction free.  Try to find a quiet area of your house, keep children and animals out if possible.

Don’t forget about lighting as well, you want them to be able to see your face clearly, make sure the background that the webcam sees looks professional as well. When it’s time for the virtual interview make sure all of your computer tabs are closed as they use up extra computer memory resources and can cause a slowdown of your computer at the wrong time.

4. Be prepared 

You won’t be able to use the computer to look things up during your virtual interview so make sure you’ve done your research beforehand. Write out any questions you may have, be prepared to take notes.

Ask for tips from the IT staffing agency (if you’re working with one) and be prepared to discuss strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you have read over the company’s website thoroughly and have a good understanding of what they do

5. Practice for your virtual interview

If you are unfamiliar with virtual interviews or even calls, get a friend to help you out. Try different areas of your house out while on Zoom and make sure that your connection works and that the lighting is good.

Practice looking into the camera rather than at your face on the screen and check the angle of the camera to make sure it puts you in the best possible light. Pay attention to your body language as well.

Additional Questions

What does a virtual Interview mean?

A virtual interview allows candidates and employers to communicate and interact over the internet using video interview software. The video software allows for face to face contact enabling engaging conversations to occur. 

What are some common virtual interview questions?

  1. Tell me little bit about yourself.
  2. Why did you leave your last position?
  3. Give us some reasons we should hire you.
  4. What makes you a fit for this job?
  5. What are some of your greatest strengths?
  6. What are some of your weaknesses?
  7. How do you handle pressure situations?
  8. Where do you see yourself in three years?

Hopefully these virtual interview tips help when you have your next online interview.

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