In 2020, more employers chose to conduct their interviews using video conferencing software than ever before. Not only do virtual interviews decrease physical contact and help slow the spread of COVID-19, they also provide a more convenient interview option for remote positions or initial screening interviews. As we move into 2021, it’s clear that the virtual interview trend is likely here to stay so here’s 6 tips to help you prepare.
Complete a Practice Round
A practice round is a great way to make sure you’re prepared for your virtual interview. Start by choosing a quiet space in your home where you’ll be free of distractions. Make sure the room you choose is brightly lit so your interviewer can see your face. Setting up your interview space with a lot of natural light is a great way to become more visible.
It’s also important to make sure your internet connection is strong in the interview space you select. Ask a friend to join your practice round so you can confirm everything is running smoothly.
Another tip to remember during your practice round is to ensure your background is professional. Choose an area with either a blank wall or a few tasteful decorations. If you’re unable to find a good spot in your home, consider choosing a virtual background. Most video conferencing software’s have great options to choose from but if you want to choose your own virtual background, Google Images has many options as well.
Dress the Part
It’s 2021 and many people are beginning to get used to working remotely. For many, remote work means staying in comfortable clothing rather than dressing professionally each day. While this trend is understandable and maybe even the new normal, it’s important to treat your virtual interview just as you would an in-person interview. And yes, that means ditching the sweatpants and dusting off your business attire. Even if your interviewer can only see you from the waist up, change out of those sweatpants and into something more professional to feel fully prepared.
Just as you would for a traditional interview, learn as much as possible about the company, research the interviewer and practice responses to questions you’ll likely be asked. Virtual meetings offer the added benefit of being able to reference notes, so take advantage of this opportunity — just be sure your responses aren’t read word for word.
Find Out the Next Steps
Before ending the call, ask the interviewer what’s next in the process. This shows your continued interest in the job and will let you know when you’ll find out if you’ve been selected to advance to the next stage.
Send a Thank-You Note
It’s likely you’d send a thank-you note after an in-person interview, and the same rules apply to a virtual interview as well. Email a note to the interviewer within 24 hours to thank them for taking the time to speak with you and reiterate your interest in the position.
Create an Interview Checklist
All of these tips may seem like a lot to remember so consider creating a checklist prior to your interview. Your checklist can be used to remind yourself to do minor things like check your internet connection, turn off your computer notifications, and make sure your laptop is fully charged. Be sure to add these tips along with all other major things to remember to your checklist and you’ll be ready to ace your interview!
Interviews can look a little different in 2021, so be sure to apply the tips we’ve shared today and remember to be yourself. If you’re in the market for a new job, Malone Workforce Solutions is here to assist. Contact us today to connect with top employers looking to fill a variety of new roles.