The job market has gone through massive changes due to the pandemic. More and more companies are conducting job interviews online, and offer remote roles. For many candidates, it’s still challenging to be interviewed virtually.
In some ways, virtual interviews are easier than in-person meetings – you don’t have to commute, you don’t have to sit in a tense waiting room or worry about showing up on time. However, it’s important to pay attention to the tricky nuances of a virtual interview in order to ensure a smooth conversation that displays your best professional self.
Test your equipment
Familiarise yourself with all the necessary equipment and software. If you are invited to connect via Zoom, download your app in advance and try it out with your friends. The microphone settings are on the left bottom corner of the screen just next to the camera settings. Make sure that your microphone and speakers are working and that your internet connection is stable. If you have issues with the internet, ask your family or flatmates not watch Netflix or download something large while you are on a call. Also, check and make sure you are using a professional screen name that will be easy for the interviewer to recognise you.
Close the door and windows in your room to avoid unnecessary noise and distractions. Switch off the TV. Put away your mobile phone and make sure it’s on silent mode. Banish the pets and if you have kids at home, ask them to stay quiet.
Have your resume, portfolio, and references ready
Many video conference platforms, like Zoom, offer screen-sharing capabilities. It doesn’t hurt to have your resume, portfolio, references and other materials ready to share with your potential employer. Usually it’s done via email, but better to have all relevant materials easily accessible on your desktop so you can call them up at any time, just in case.
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