With the world of work changing, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the need for remote work will continue to rise. Many companies will rely on interviewing their candidates through virtual methods such as Zoom or Skype. If you have never been interviewed on camera, it can be just as nerve-racking as face to face. Make sure you land the job by following these guidelines.
Ensure You’re In a Well-Lit, Quiet Location
Control what you can control during a video interview. Your cell phone should off, and there should not be any background noise. Also, make sure that you have good enough lighting so the interview team can see you. Maintain good posture throughout the interview, and make sure your interview space is presentable. You shouldn’t expect to make it very far in the process if you cannot follow simple etiquette.
Dress the Part
Professional dress can help you get in the right mindset for the interview. You’ll show your potential future employer that you care about the details. It can be challenging to make an excellent first impression virtually, so take advantage of every opportunity.
Test Your Equipment
Use a high-quality microphone and video camera during the interview. While you may be the best-qualified candidate for the job, you’ll quickly be disqualified if the interview panel cannot hear what you are saying.
Just as you would practice for standard interviews, you need to do the same for virtual ones. Call friends and family to get comfortable speaking on camera. You can them host a mock interview and give you feedback on your answers. Research the most common interview questions, and get a good understanding of the company’s culture and history. You’ll likely be asked why you want to work at the company, and showing genuine interest will put you ahead of the pack.
Likely, this won’t be your last virtual interview. It’s your time to demonstrate that you are the person who can accomplish the goals for the position and who is uniquely suited for the role.