With the removal of Covid-19 restrictions, and people returning to a more “normal” way of life, there are some aspects of the pandemic that are here to stay. One such thing is the way of virtual interviews, workplaces, and meetings. While it may be a bit less common than it was during the height of the pandemic, many employers are choosing to continue with virtual interviews. Here are some tips to help you succeed.
According to the Forbes article, “The Virtual Interview is the New Resume: What You Need to Know,” many employers are using virtual interviews because they are cost effective, allow employers to meet with candidates from anywhere in the world, and most people are familiar and comfortable with the process. Also, according to an Indeed survey, 93 per cent of employers plan on continuing to use them. If you are currently searching for a job, be prepared to get your computer and camera ready!
You will want to know what video conferencing platform will be used and be sure to take some time to understand how it works. The last thing you want to discover minutes before the call is that your computer is not up to date. Run all necessary updates, confirm your camera, and microphone work properly, and that the program runs successfully on your personal computer or laptop.
Another thing to consider is where you will set up for the interview. It is best to choose a spot that is neat, tidy and looks professional. Lighting should be bright so the interviewers can clearly see your face and be sure to dress appropriately (yes, this means your bottom half as well!). If for any reason you need to stand up, you do not want to be embarrassed.
With the ease of virtual interviewing, there may be more candidates than in a more traditional setting. Therefore, you want to prepare for all types of questions. Think of concrete examples, research the organization, and know how best to highlight how you will be of value in the position.
We understand that not everybody will be comfortable with virtual interviews. However, they are here to stay, so it is best to do all that you can to prepare.
If you have any questions regarding an upcoming interview, or with your resume, we would love to help.