Organizations interested in reaching a diverse applicant pool are finding it easier than ever to search well beyond their backyards for ideal employees. Thanks to technology, a growing number of companies are using virtual interview software and applications to screen the field of contenders without spending loads of time and money on travel. So what’s a virtual interview? If you’ve never experienced a virtual interview before, a virtual interview is an interview that takes place remotely, often using technology like video conferencing.
Although the interviewer’s questions are likely to be similar to ones posed in an in-person interview, there will be differences between interviewing in-person versus interviewing virtually. Virtual interviews present unique challenges, including the use of technology, management of the setting, and the ability to effectively show enthusiasm and interest, sell your qualifications, and send the right “vibe” in the absence of in-person interaction.
Here are 6 Tips to Ace Your Virtual Interview
1. Get your technology in order.
First and foremost, since it is a virtual interview, you have to make sure the technology being used for the virtual interview is installed and working before your meeting. Be sure to double-check your wifi connection, camera and audio, and video conferencing platforms to confirm they are all working seamlessly. Being technologically savvy is a coveted skill that employers are looking for, and by not doing your due diligence to ensure that you’re good to go in the technology realm, you could have the sending the wrong impression to the hiring manager or interviewer, casting doubts on your interest in the job, your technological savvy, and your ability to problem solve.
2. Prepare thoroughly
Just like any other in-person interview, you should be ready to speak in-depth about why you want to join the organization, how the company mission resonates with you, and the value you will bring to the specific role. We suggest that you practice your responses to potential interview questions to feel comfortable and confident with yourself before speaking with the interviewer. Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member — someone who will be honest with you — and ask them to run through a mock interview with you using the virtual interview technology.
3. Dress for success
Dress for a virtual interview the same way you would for an in-person interview. It would be unprofessional to come dressed in anything other than business casual. When you dress for success and look the part, it will show the interviewer that you are serious about the position. In addition, there are personal benefits as well – people tend to feel more comfortable, confident, and competent when wearing business attire.
4.Prepare your environment
If possible, position your computer and webcam so there’s a blank wall behind you. It’s essential to choose a quiet, well-lit, neutral, and clean space to conduct your interview, especially if you’re taking the virtual interview from home to limit distractions. Unlike interviewing in the office or a public space, virtual interviews provide an intimate glimpse into your personal life. Be sure to leave a great first impression by keeping your area clean and limit any interruptions from family members, pets, partners, and roommates.
5. Be authentically you
Let your personality shine through. In addition to showing your knowledge for the company and the role, it’s crucial to open up and give insight into who you are as a person. Interviewers are looking to you to help them gauge to see if you are the right person for the role and an excellent culture addition for the organization. Come across as warm and personable by smiling more, use a lot of great eye contact, take your pauses, and also try to connect on a personal level.
6. Follow up
Last but not least. Show your interest! Reach out to the interviewer by email immediately after your interview, to show how much you want the role and thank them for their time. Be sure to mention different nuggets of information and tidbits of relevant conversation from the interview.
Don’t Sweat It
Follow the tips outlined in this article, and you’ll get much closer to that job offer from your coveted role.