My Top Tips For Virtual Interviewing

In the wake of COVID-19, many of us are now in the process of applying for jobs and interviewing remotely. In my latest video, we will be talking all about what you need to be prepared for your virtual interview. Here’s the quick and dirty run-through of what you need to have a successful virtual interview.

First, you will need to make sure you have the right equipment needed for your interview. Substantial internet speed and bandwidth are essential for a successful virtual interview, so troubleshooting your internet speed will make sure your interview is on point. Proper audio and video are crucial to a great virtual interview. For this, you will need to make sure you have a fully functioning webcam, and you’ll want to test your computer’s microphone.

It’s important to treat a virtual interview as you would any other interview, so plan accordingly. Make sure that your cell phone ringer is silenced, and make sure that you have a quiet, distraction-free environment for the duration of your interview. You’ll want to set clear boundaries when anyone else that may be home during this time, so that way there aren’t any surprise visits from your kids or pets. Lighting is also an important part of a solid virtual interview, so be sure to keep this in mind when planning our your interview space.

Looking good and sounding great is the key to any interview! Dress professionally, ensure that your face is properly lit, and check your headshot view before beginning your interview. Look directly into the camera in order to make eye contact, and be sure to speak clearly. It’s always important to watch your tone and can be helpful to mute your microphone when you’re not speaking to minimize any background noise.

Keep in mind that you may be asked permission to be recorded, so how will you respond to that question? Think about your answer, so that you are best prepared for it during your interview. One of the greatest benefits of a virtual interview is your ability to watch yourself! Keep your eyes on you, so that you’re better able to gauge and manage your demeanor. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to relax, breathe, and take your time. It’s not a race, so slow down, and don’t worry. You got this!

Contact Sheila for an easy-to-use checklist and other resource documents, including tips for using Zoom.


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