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What should I know about virtual interviews?
Virtual interviews have become quite common and they are a way for employers to interview candidates using online tools. It is also called a video, remote or digital interview.
Virtual interviews can be held over different software platforms, depending on the organization they can include Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and GoToMeeting.
How is a virtual interview different from other interviews?
- Virtual interviews allow candidates and interviewers to virtually meet from different locations and to coordinate their schedules more easily.
- Virtual interviews are need you to set up and use equipment such as video interviewing software, webcams and headsets.
- Unlike phone interviews, virtual interviews allow the interviewer to see your appearance and body language.
What should I consider before starting a virtual interview?
- Location. Set up your computer in a quiet, clean area without distractions.
- Lighting. Make sure the room you plan to use has enough light. You can use desk lamps to light your face. Try not to have light coming from behind you.
- Video. Test the quality of your computer camera.
- Audio. It is a good idea to wear a headset with a microphone. Headset microphones will improve the quality of your voice.
- Internet Connection. Test the speed of your Internet connection. If you are in an area with a slower speed, you may want to ensure no one else in your home is streaming videos which will use up your internet bandwidth.
- Video Software. Test the software your interviewer will be using for your digital interview. Download the computer application in advance and become familiar with it.
- Outfit. Choose an outfit that will show you are ready for the interview just like in an office. Keep in mind you may need to stand up while on camera.
- Body language and posture. You should sit and engage with your screen and camera as if the person on the other end were in the room with you.
- Interview script. Have all your interview documentation ready: resume, cover letter, portfolio, company research and any other notes you might need. You may want to have a digital copy of these ready on your computer so you can present them if required.
- Follow the same advice you would use in phone interviews and in-person interviews.
- Have something to drink near by just as you would an in person interview.
- Ask someone you trust to do a practice virtual interview with you. This person can help you test your webcam and microphone, and give you feedback about lighting, sound, your appearance on camera and your interview performance.
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November 18, 2021