How to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

How to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

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Post COVID-19, companies and businesses are more likely to conduct virtual job interviews to keep their current staff safe. This is expected considering that effects of the pandemic may continue after most lockdowns are lifted. If you are looking for a job or planning on changing careers, chances are that your next job interview may be a virtual one. So, the question is how do you prepare for a virtual interview? In this post, we discuss what it is and six ways to prepare yourself to succeed in a virtual interview.

With each passing day, the world is changing; perhaps faster than ever in history. Procedures and protocols that used to be the norm just five years ago are now considered outdated and obsolete. This goes for everything from how we run our businesses to how we hire staff. With the COVID-19 lockdown gradually ending, world economies will kick into full gear once again. Along with this will come the need to hire human capital and of course, the need to conduct interviews. It is therefore in one’s advantage to know what constitutes a virtual job interview and how to prepare for it.

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In the next section, we briefly discuss what a virtual interview is and then go on to discuss how to prepare for one.

What is a Virtual Job Interview?

By definition, a virtual event is one that is carried out without an actual physical presence. Another definition explains it as being carried out, accessed, or stored by means of a computer, especially over a network. Therefore, by extension, a Virtual Interview is one at which job candidates are interviewed over the internet without physical contact.

The concept of a virtual job interview is quite simple. When a potential candidate is selected, the Employer requests for a video call during which interview questions are asked. As with standard interviews, the purpose of a virtual interview is to ensure that candidates meet the necessary job requirements.

How to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

Going forward, we can expect that virtual interviews will become more common. However, not much will change in interview objectives, as Employers will still need to verify a candidate’s knowledge and credentials. So, when preparing, standard interview preparation tactics should be employed in addition to the tips highlight below:

  1. Test your Device ahead of Time: First and foremost, preparing for a virtual interview requires testing of your device ahead of time. As with arriving late to a standard interview, employers may frown at candidates who are not available on time. To prevent such delays, test your computer, internet connection and login details ahead of time. In most cases, Employers will provide instruction on the platform to be used and temporary account details where necessary. To prevent last minute delays, it’s a good idea to install necessary apps ahead of time and test them.
  2. Dress like you’re going to an actual Interview: Chances are that your virtual interview will be conducted with you at home. However, that should not be an excuse to dress casually. While most companies no longer require corporate dressing at work, dressing the part will put you in the right frame of mind and may just help you stand out from other candidates.
  3. Prepare in Advance: As with all interviews, the key to succeeding in a virtual interview is adequate preparation. This can be done by researching details about the company and current issues related to the posted job title.
  4. Set up an Interview Area: Unless you have a home office, chances are that you will need to setup an area for the interview. Ideally, this should be an area with a plain background that has minimal distractions. A great example of this would be your dining room area where you have a large workspace.
  5. Use Professional Body Language: As you might imagine, Human Resource staff are trained to read the body language of job candidates. This helps them determine if they will ultimately be a good fit in the company. As in a standard interview, during a virtual job interview, pay attention to your body language and facial expressions. This is particularly necessary because one will be using a camera. Be sure to smile, sit up and look at the camera when answering questions. This will help portray your confidence and eagerness to get the job.
  6. Be Yourself: As much as you need to create a good impression when at an interview, also be yourself. Most interviewers can tell when candidates are going out of the way to trying to impress and that may not always work out in one’s best interest.

Have you ever been to a virtual interview? What was your experience like? How did you prepare for it? On the other hand, are a you a new college graduate or looking for a new job? How do you prepare for your job interviews? Feel free to leave us your comments at the end of this post. We would love to hear from you.

Today’s Funny Quote

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt

As is our custom, we end this post with a funny quote. Today, our funny quote is by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States of America

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.

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