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How Do I Prepare for a Virtual Interview?

Though times are uncertain, people are still getting offers and beginning new positions but the first day of work is virtual!

Even the most qualified job seekers need to prepare for virtual job interviews.  Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression.

Follow These Important Virtual Interview Tips

Follow these interview tips to boost your chances of landing the job:

1. Prepare your Technology

Test your equipment and internet connection. Be certain that your audio and video are both working properly.

2. Find an Appropriate Setting

While testing your technology, determine where to take the interview. Find a quiet room with a non-distracting or blank wall to guarantee that the focus is on you.

3. Prepare your Notes

Research the company ahead of time and write down bullet points for quick reference. Also print out a copy of your resume, so that you don’t forget key talking points.

4. Know Your Material

Don’t go over two to three minutes in each answer. Being succinct is one of the most important things in a job interview.

5. Exude Confidence Through Your Body Language

The main way to communicate confidence is to sit up straight, smile, and keep the camera at eye level. Keep your focus on the camera when talking, not on the image of the hiring manager.

6. Dress Professionally

Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Professional clothing will show you’re serious about the position.

7. Be Yourself

Being likable is of key importance in an interview. It’s easier to accomplish this through authenticity.

8. Follow Up

Within 24 hours of the interview, send an individual thank you email to everyone you met.

More Companies are Relying on Virtual Interviews

Things will return to normal but whether companies are hiring for in-office or remote positions, more companies are relying on virtual interviews to create their shortlist of candidates who deserve an in-person meeting.