Before the pandemic forced us into a digitalized workplace, technology had become a significant part of the hiring process. Whether you are a remote worker or are pursuing a job in another city, state, or country, you’ll have at least some experience with a virtual interview. Virtual interviews are an easy way for companies to meet candidates face to face and gain the advantages of visual and verbal interaction that in-person interviewing has always had.
Just like in-person interviews, making the time and effort to prepare for your virtual interview is crucial and could make or break your chances for your dream job. Read on for some etiquette tips you need to know to ace your next virtual interview.
Research and Prepare
Be sure to do your research on the employer before the interview. Read reviews, search current news coverage for developments, and check out their profile on business sites such as LinkedIn. This will equip you to ask thoughtful questions, which always make a good impression on the interviewer.
Also, review your resume and the job description so you are better prepared to draw from experience and “sell” yourself for the role.
Don’t forget to practice before the interview. Test your video equipment, including the camera and sound. Also, consider your lighting and the background where you will be interviewing. Make sure the space is clean and neat and will be quiet enough to interview without external noise or interruptions.
- Be prompt and on time
- Dress professionally and be well-groomed
- Make eye contact
- Practice good posture
- Stay focused and visibly engaged, smile and nod often
- Have work examples or a portfolio ready, just in case
Post-interview, make sure you don’t “ghost” your interviewer. Respond to messages promptly and check your email a minimum of twice daily to keep up with notifications or the next steps in the hiring process.
With these interview tips and a positive attitude, you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy the virtual interviewing process. Now all you need to do is find the right job opportunity.