- Test Your Technology – Trial-run to ensure you’re set up for success. Check your internet connectivity, and confirm your camera and microphone are working. Ensure you have a set of spare headphones in case the microphone on your desktop / laptop picks up a lot of background noise.
- Set the Scene and Minimise Distractions – Find a room with optimal lighting, preferably near a window, or a blank wall to guarantee you’re the focal point of the conversation. Whether you sit on your living room couch or in your home office, tidy up your surroundings.
- Sit Down Prepared – You want to appear focused and ready to answer any questions without the help of the internet. Research the company ahead of time and jot down notes for easy reference. Also print out a copy of your CV, so that you don’t forget key talking points.
- Body Language – You can’t firmly shake a hiring manager’s hand via video, but what you can do is monitor your body language. The main way to communicate confidence is to sit up straight, smile, and keep the camera at eye level. Research shows that employers are more likely to remember what you said if you maintain eye contact, so keep your focus on the camera, not on the image of the hiring manager. This looks so much better and requires practice!
- Dress the Part – Professional clothing will show you’re serious about the position, but there are personal benefits, as well: Studies show that people feel “most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire.”
- Make a Connection – It’s not easy to connect with everyone, but it’s a crucial part of a virtual interview. You want the interviewer to be able to remember a personal story you told or a common interest you share.
- Be Yourself – A key task for a hiring manager is determining whether you would be a good fit for the company’s culture. This can be challenging during a virtual interview because there is a physical disconnect. It’s more difficult for the interviewer to understand your enthusiasm through the screen, so make sure you’re expressive when answering questions.
- Energise yourself – in the absence of physically commuting to the office try and go for a walk outside before you sit down for the interview, this will help simulate the ‘walking to the interview room’ which helps getting in the right frame of mind.
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