How to succeed in a virtual interview
On the job hunt? Chances are your interviews have turned virtual in this new norm. Prepare for your next online interview with our tips below:
Test your computer/laptop
- Find out which method your potential employer will be using – Teams, Zoom, Skype etc.
- Test internet connection, sometimes turning off devices ensures stronger connection, so turning gaming aids off can help
- Test audio, a wonderful opportunity to sing to friends/work coach but not at interview
- Ensure your PC/laptop is charged
Where to position yourself?
- If possible, try and sit beside a window for natural light or a room with good light
- Natural light is a great option as poor lighting can distract others. You always want to put your best foot (or in this case, face) forward!
Remove distractions – Where focus goes, energy flows!
- Be ready, log on half an hour before your scheduled meeting time
- Have ID ready (if requested)
- Silence any aids that could interfere with your interview, including phone and email notifications on your computer
- Everyone loves pets, but now is not the time to introduce your fur kid, keep pets away!
- We all love people watching right, however avoid having people/noise in the background
Body Language - First impressions matter!
- Sit up, look sharp and dress for success as you would for a face to face interview, don’t forget to iron those shirts and blouses folks
- Smiles are contagious, your likely to get smiles back, nothing cheesy though!
- Position camera correctly and ensure you are centred on screen, it’s your stage!
- Eye contact is a must, even in the online environment
- If nerves get to you, try looking directly at webcam instead of the person and remain focused
Be confident, stay calm - Remember all progress takes place outside your comfort zone
- Don’t forget to introduce your good self. Your interview is online, so ensure to review your interview skills (research company, prepare questions etc)
- Keep notepad and pen aside, avoid doodling though
- Use STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique to structure and deliver those answers
- Please get in touch with your Work Coach if you would like some tips/support on interviews
The best part of an online interview? You don’t need to worry about that firm handshake! Good Luck
What could go wrong?
We are all familiar with technology, so there is a chance that things could go wrong. Here are some backup plans we have ready for that just in case moment!
If your video or audio stops working
- Before the interview, ask the interviewer for a phone number (time for that notepad and pen) in case you experience any technical difficulties
- If your video interview cuts out, then advise you will call the number provided and discuss how the interview will be resumed
- If noises (sirens, construction, even the postman etc) disturb your interview, apologise for the disruption and ask for a few moments until the noise has passed
- It’s ok to mute the microphone if it helps you
Well done, you made it!
As with any job interview, you should end by thanking the interviewer for their time. Send a follow up thank you email if possible. Good luck!
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