Amidst the current global pandemic, “COVID-19” there has been a swift requirement for bringing many job vacancies (by different companies) online.
With nearly all professionals working from home or finding new openings remotely, various recruiting processes of several companies now are being conducted virtually via a video conferencing. Through Virtual interviews, hiring managers can now reach out to group of global candidates and gain cost-effective approach to screen potential job applicants.
Virtual interviews have become a necessity today when traditional interviews cannot happen face-to-face. Acing the Virtual interview is generally the first step on the way to follow-up interview and subsequent employment.
To ace the interview and increase the odds that a recruiter asks you to come in for round two of an interview, here’s what you need to follow: 5 Hints For Mastering Your Next Virtual Interview.
But, before that let us know – What is a Virtual interview?
A virtual interview also referred to a video interview is considered as a job interview which leverages video technology to let discussion happen remotely. Instead of face-to-face meeting, the recruiter and the candidate will associate with each other online utilising video software.
The tools needed for this type of meeting commonly involve a computer with a built-in or external video camera and microphone, a reliable internet connection, and headphones if wished for. The interview frequently follows the approach of an in-person, traditional interview, even though there are some vital elements that need to be kept in mind. Below are the 5 hints that will help you to prepare and ace your next virtual interview:
Hint 1: Test Your Technology
Having technical skills is considered by job hirers as one of the top abilities to possess. Most hiring managers usually search and prefer those candidates who possess these skills. The employers easily measure your capabilities during Virtual interview. It is best that you completely avoid technical malfunctions by examining your equipment prior to the call.
If your video conferencing tool generates muffled audio or grainy visuals, it is time that you put money on new microphone or external webcam. Also a vital point to remember, see to it that your internet connection is secure. Nothing stops a conversation (mid-persuasion point) quite like a disconnected call.
Hint 2: Maintain A Professional Virtual Identity
An email address or username is often your first interpretation of yourself in today’s digital world. During the interview make sure that you do not give any opportunity or reason to the hiring manager to comment on your identity. Make it a point to offer simple email address and username by maintaining professionalism.
You can try different variations of first, middle, and last name or use industry keywords if stuck. Avoid utilization of numbers one and zero (they look similar to letters depending on the font you use) and symbols which can cause confusion.
Note: To give that first impression to the employer don’t ever use a humorous email address that you once used in high school or if you’re still utilising it.
Hint 3: Observe Your Body Language
It is unfortunate that with Virtual interview it is not feasible for you to greet the recruiter with that firm handshake and enthusiasm that you could once possibly achieve through an in-person interview. So now what?
Don’t be disappointed, for you can convey your confidence via body language. How? During the interview you need to smile, sit straight and adjust the camera at the eye level to evade from looking up and down. Always be sure to stay focused by watching the camera and not the screen image of the recruiter as you speak.
Hint 4: Eliminate Distractions
While attending Virtual interviews there is bound to be a lot of distractions that pop up which you usually never encounter during traditional interview in an employer’s office. Make certain that you rid yourself of all the potential interruptions which occur from your end before the start of the video call.
For instance, close the window to cover up any blaring sirens or honking horns, switch off the TV and silence your mobile phone. Although you cannot plan to minimize all the distractions, it is safe to be well prepared.
Hint 5: Ask Good Questions
Always prepare your questions well ahead of the time. While asking questions be certain that you avoid asking information that could be obtained online. It is a good habit to note down the answers to the asked questions.
By taking notes you make a positive first impression in front of the employer by showing that you’re vigilant and possess the passion for the position. Not only that, it also provides a great way to write down questions that you desire to ask at the end of the discussion or through a follow-up.
Virtual interviews are becoming increasingly popular. Professionals who are bound to meet this type of interview need to take the necessary steps to prep themselves. Implement these 5 hints and you’re sure to ace (also giving you the head-start by pushing you one step ahead to join the company) your next Virtual interview.