How to Ace Your Virtual Interview
Familiarize and Test
Knowing how to use the online video conferencing platform that you will be using is key. Whether it’s Zoom, BlueJeans, RingCentral, Skype, or another video conferencing software, taking the time to familiarize yourself with the platform will release some of that built up stress. It will also allow you to test the sound and camera quality that your potential employer will be receiving. You can optimize the lighting by moving to an area that is clean, neat, with little-to-no distractions in the background, and has plenty of light so your face is clearly shown. You can also enhance the sound quality by testing the microphone from your laptop or desktop, or even use wireless headphones to help pick up a clearer sound. I did all of my video interviews in my room from my desk. I cleaned up anything in the background that could be seen, turned on my lamp for ample lighting, and tested my camera and microphone from the video software.
Dress To Impress
Finding the right attire for a virtual interview is still very important. Conduct some research on the company that you are interviewing with. Their About page or Staff page usually gives good indications. This won’t only help you be prepared to tackle questions they ask you to test if you know anything about the business, but it will also give you some insight as to how formal the company may be. Are they business casual? Are they business formal? Knowing the answer to this will help you know how to dress. For example, an employment/staffing agency such as Sabio Systems might be business casual. Having a nice button-up shirt with slacks might be the perfect outfit.
I always like to dress to impress, even if the company doesn’t require it. This means dressing my most formal. For example, I wore a nice black shirt, a below-the-knee length skirt, and a jacket. Because this is a virtual interview, you may be able to get away with dressing up just your top half. Check the camera beforehand to see how you look in your outfit. Can you see your bottom half? Will you ever have to move around during the interview? Remember: first impressions matter! Dressing up will also help boost your confidence. So make sure to take the time to put together a nice outfit the day before an interview.
The Actual Interview
Now you have reached your virtual interview. You have familiarized yourself with the platform you will be using, you tested your microphone and camera quality, and you are ready to impress with your appearance. What next? Joining the meeting a few minutes ahead of schedule will demonstrate punctuality and confidence. Since you are unable to formerly shake hands, having a clear introduction and breaking the ice with a starter topic will help calm your nerves as well as help you stand out against others applying for the position.
Be ready to tackle some common interview questions. Some common questions can be about the knowledge you have attained about the company, who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are, where do you see yourself in the future, etc. Having an idea of what your response will be to some of these questions will help the conversation run more smoothly and will help you avoid being speechless. Before every interview I had, I made sure to research the company I was speaking with and learned some relevant information that would potentially help me during the interview process.
Also an advantage of doing a virtual interview is that you can have notes open on the computer. I learned this after the first couple video interviews. I used this as a reminder on how to answer frequently asked questions. For example, when I was asked about where I see myself in the future, I made a note about being a mentor and giving back. This little note gave me a quick reminder and allowed me to explain that I would like to serve as a mentor to someone because I remembered I was once in their place and I would be giving back to the community, which is something I find to be very important.
Let’s say the interviewer has just asked you a question and you have no idea to respond. There’s nothing wrong with asking them if you can come back to the question in a minute or two to give some thought about it. This is better than trying to think of a quick answer on the spot and not answering to the best of your ability.
Another pro tip is to make sure to ask questions at the end. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions and you respond with a “no,” it shows that you aren’t interested. One of the relevant questions I asked at the end of all of my virtual interviews was the challenges the company was facing due to Covid-19 and how I could help resolve some of these issues. This shows you care more about the company’s well-being and you are here to stay and help. Remember at the end to thank the interviewer for their time and send a follow-up thank you email as well. This will demonstrate your respect and appreciation which can help land you job.
Contact Your Local Recruiter at Sabio Systems
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