Job Interviews conducted by video are now common practice among companies. Most do it as a way to access more candidates, screen them more quickly, and save time and money doing it. So, if you are doing a job search, you are more than likely going to encounter this type of interview. Here’s how to prepare.
How To Prep For A Virtual Interview
1. Check your tech
Make sure all of your electronics are in good working order. Check your connectivity. Look over your camera and microphone to ensure that they are functioning properly. If you encounter problems, you may have to purchase a miniwebcam with a microphone.
Double check your electronics again just before the interview to prevent any unwelcome surprises. You want to make sure there are no glitches with the technology during the interview because it won’t reflect well on your own IT proficiency and could hurt your chances of getting the job.
2. Find a good location
You want to find a quiet place with plenty of light. Have an appropriate background. Cut out all of the distractions – turn off the TV and phone, close the window.
3. Be prepared
Just as with a face-to-face interview, preparation is key. Research the company. Work out how you will answer some of the more common interview questions because they will ask them. Some of the more popular questions –Tell us a little about yourself, why do you want to work here, what is your biggest weakness? You don’t need to memorize each answer, but have some talking points in mind for each, so you don’t look like a deer caught in the headlights.
Also, make sure you have questions to ask the hiring manager. Not having any makes it seem like you are not really interested in the position.
The nice thing about a video interview is that you can have notes spread out in front of you for reference. So, if you need to, you can jot down your questions for the hiring manager. Also, print out a copy of your resume and have it in front of you for reference.
Practice your answers with a friend or colleague. This will help you take off the rough edges and help to make your delivery more smooth and natural.
5. Watch body language
Don’t fidget. Sit up straight. Smile. Keep the camera at eye level, and look directly at it so you are making eye contact.
6. Wear a suit
You may be sitting at home, but you still want to look your best at the interview. It will impress the hiring manager.
7. Send a thank-you note.
This is common practice for a job interview. And essential. Send an email about a day after the interview expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and including any talking points you want to emphasize.
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