Succeeding in a Virtual Interview for Candidates
Tips you can use when being interviewed virtually.
Thanks to the modern workforce enjoying the freedom of choosing their work hours and office settings and also the increased availability of telecommunication mediums, many organizations and individuals are relying on virtual meetings and interviews when exploring new candidates to join their company. Doing so can limit feelings of connection and develop uneasy feelings during an interview. However, when done correctly, virtual interviewing can establish solid rapport, increase the speed of the hiring schedule, and improve the onboarding experience. The following is a tutorial to make sure that you get the most out of your upcoming virtual interview.
1. Are you a procrastinator? No? Now is not the time to start.
Get familiar with the software you will be utilizing. Test your speaker, microphone, and video. Make sure to close out of other applications to enhance the speed of your operating systems. Conduct a run through with a peer to learn the program capabilities and gain feedback.
If you do encounter issues where a glitch occurs and you can’t hear the response, be direct and honest. There could be a connection issue, so wait for the audio to resume and ask them to repeat what they said. It is essential to be upfront and obtain the answers necessary to make a thoughtful employment decision.
2. People like pretty
Is it a coincidence that the Home & Garden Channel (HGTV) generates over $1B every year and is the fourth most-watched network behind three news outlets? Nope! People enjoy settings that make them feel a sense of comfort and organization.
Refrain from overly distracting artwork, display items, and TV screens. If video conferencing from an office, that is great. If not, feel free to move things around to allow for a well-lit, neutral area.
While preparing your environment, take note of where your fidget items are. Leave the stress ball in the drawer. Put the metronome in the closet. Make sure you silence notifications on your phone and the device that you are using for your interview. Your focus should be on the interviewer. As such, you should have notes and questions on the device you are using. Tip: This will allow you to maintain eye contact rather than looking down and reading from a note pad.
3. Look in the mirror
When interviewing virtually, there is no checking in with the receptionist or lounging in the waiting room with other candidates. Before the call, take some time to remind yourself why you are interviewing for this role and organization. Look yourself in the mirror and get motivated.
While doing so, make sure that you are well-groomed and well dressed— FROM HEAD TO TOE. Wearing a business appropriate top and sweatpants bottom is a dangerous game to play. Not only will you not be mentally stimulated wearing sweatpants, but it will also promote poor posture, and what if they ask you to stand up and show them the picture of you and your friends at the Grand Canyon up on the top shelf behind you? Nobody wants to see a half-dressed person in an interview.
Enjoy the time you have with your interviewer and get to know them – they could be virtually interviewing many candidates that day. Separate yourself by following these tips and appropriately sending a thank you note of some kind promptly after the interview. Putting this tutorial into action may not have you walking out of the building in a blaze of glory, but it will bring a big smile to your face when you walk away from your camera.
Ben Molenda is a Human Capital Advisor at BEST Human Capital Advisory Group. A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Human Resource Management, Ben has excelled in executive recruiting, business advisory, and has become an excellent resource for both clients and candidates. He has also written and co-written several articles for major industry publications and The BEST Blog.
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