How to ace your virtual job interview

Virtual job interviews are the standard nowadays because many companies are still working from home and others have seen the benefits of remote working and are employing full-time remote staff. Being able to succeed in a virtual interview is a crucial skill for any job seeker. Read on to find out some practical ways you can ace your virtual job interview.

Know the basics

Knowing the basics is a key part of any job interview. A virtual interview isn’t that different from one in person because they’ll expect you to be adequately prepared. This means you’ll need to:

  • Read the job description thoroughly so you can tailor your answers to it.
  • Research the company products or services, the industry, the company culture and hierarchy.
  • Think about some questions they might ask you beforehand – you can even make a note of your responses.
  • Come prepared with questions for the interviewer to help you decide whether you want the job and to make a good impression.
  • Write down specific examples you can use in the interview to back up the skills on your CV.

Etiquette is still important

Etiquette is as important in a virtual job interview as it is in a physical one. If you’re interviewing over the video, make sure you dress professionally. Some job seekers only make themselves presentable from the waist up, however people have been caught out by their camera showing more than they expected it to! If you dress professionally from head to toe, you won’t be worried about showing more than you ought.

This theory applies to the room you’re interviewing in as well. A messy room isn’t going to make a great first impression, so tidy it beforehand. Try and avoid interviewing somewhere like your bedroom or bathroom – you can ask your family or housemates if they don’t mind you using the living room or kitchen for an hour. It’s also a good idea to position your camera so there’s a blank wall behind you to avoid people walking past while you’re interviewing. Make sure you don’t sit in front of a window because the sun will reflect off the camera and put you in shadow, making it hard for the interviewer to see you properly.

Check your tech

Check your technology is working properly before the interview. There’s nothing worse than logging onto a Zoom call a couple of minutes before the interview, only to find out that you need to create an account. To make sure you don’t have problems with dodgy tech, run through this checklist beforehand:

  • Is your internet connection stable and working well? If not, could you move closer to the router or hotspot with your mobile data?
  • Can you access the platform that you’re interviewing on? Try logging in at least 15 minutes beforehand to check if the link is working or if you need to download anything.
  • Are the settings on your mic and camera working as they should? Test them out before you enter the virtual meeting room.

Destress beforehand

You don’t want to log in to your virtual interview so nervous that you don’t perform well. Try using some destressing techniques to help you feel more composed. One thing you can do is a quick meditation session – if you’re feeling anxious, this is a great way to calm down. If meditation isn’t your thing, try going for a short walk or having a hot drink and reading through your interview notes. Find a distressing technique that works for you and give yourself time to do it before every virtual job interview.

Build rapport

Building rapport can be harder over video chat, so it’s even more important to focus on it during a virtual interview. Try breaking the ice at the start of the interview by asking them about their day, or even mentioning the current climate – everyone’s experienced change during the pandemic so you should find something to talk about. This is a great way to show empathy and build a connection with your interviewer.

Watch your body language

They may only be able to see a small part of you, but people still rely on body language for 55% of their communication. This means that even if what you’re saying is good and your tone is pleasant, the interviewer will be put off you if your body language is negative.

Do:

  • Make eye contact – even through the camera.
  • Sit up straight.
  • Nod to show that you’re listening.

Don’t:

  • Sit with your arms folded.
  • Pick at or bite your nails.
  • Stare of into the distance.

Follow up afterwards

Follow up the job interview with an email, either later on that day or the next one. You should thank them for their time, tell them that you enjoyed interviewing with them and are looking forward to hearing their decision. If you found out that you have something in common with them during the interview, this is a great time to bring it up – you’ll remind them how easy it was to talk to you and remain top of their mind.

How we can help

Here at Digital Accelerators, our experienced recruiters support you throughout the job seeking process. We can help you prepare for your job interview and provide you with feedback on how to improve your CV and interview skills. Get in touch to learn more.

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