Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is a norm and playing an important role in containing the virus. Likewise, the hiring process has gone online, and companies now virtually interview the candidates to select the best. A virtual interview is taken remotely using video conferencing and online communication tools such as Zoom, Skype, Google Talk, etc.
Here are some tips to ace your online job interview at any company or organization.
1. Test your Tech
It is always a best practice to test your microphone, camera, software program (Zoom, Skype, etc.), stable internet connection, and device charging beforehand. Technical glitches during an online interview will not leave a good impression. Just before the interview, sign in to the communication software to test video and sounds.
2. Professional Attire
A virtual interview is no different from an in-person interview. Dress up as if you are going to attend a face-to-face interview. A business or corporate attire will boost your confidence during the interview.
3. Choose a Proper Location
Locations count greatly during a virtual interview. If you’re interviewing from home, choose a place with little distractions and background noise. Put the computer on a table, not in your lap, and make sure there is enough light on your face. A neutral background will help interviewers to focus on you.
4. Body Language
Angle the camera to place your face in the middle of the screen. Find out ways to greet with a gesture, for instance, smiling eyes or a hand wave. Keep a ‘good boy posture’ and nod and smile to show you are engaged.
Practice the standard interview questions with a family member or a friend. Don’t memorize answers otherwise, you’ll sound like a robot. Be genuine during the entire course of your virtual interview.
6. Make a connection
Try to talk about a common interest to make a connection with the interview panel. You may share your virtual interviewing experience in a couple of sentences. Taking interviews is a tiring practice, and such comments could cheer up the panel and make them more open to you.
7. Follow up
After your virtual interview, don’t forget to send personal ‘thank you emails’ to the panel members the same day. This will let them know that you value their time and you are open to any additional questions.