So much of the world of business has changed, along with it, the area of communications. Virtual communication has become the norm, such as Zoom meetings and virtual calls. When seeking a new a position, such as moving up the ladder for a position in a new location and/or a new industry, you are more likely, as not, to be initially interviewed virtually instead of in person.
Still, it’s important to remember that the same best practices for interviewing in person apply to virtual interviews as well. In order to be successful it’s important to connect with the interviewer and be able to communicate your value to the organization. Before going into the added things to address in the virtual interview, it’s important to address the basics of any interview, virtual or in person.
Before the interview, do research in order to familiarize yourself with the company as well as the industry in which it operates. Be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the industry and its trends. Along with knowledge, show your enthusiasm for the field.
Be authentic. Be sure to use the interview to show why you are the best candidate for the position.
During the interview, make sure you don’t tell them what they already read on your resume. Instead, give them some examples of how you have solved problems in the past in other work situations.
Come prepared with some questions for the interviewer, make sure the ones you choose haven’t already been answered in the interview. The questions should be about the culture of the organization, duties of the position, and the people you would be working with. Asking questions about the organization shows you are a truly interested candidate.
Now, let’s address some added details that need to go into the virtual interview situation:
Find a quiet place where your surrounding are clean and uncluttered for the background of the interview. This will keep the interviewer focused on you and not distracted by your surroundings.
Do a test run with your technology. Check the visual and audio.
Dress as though you were doing the interview in person—at least the top half of you!
Be sure to look into the camera and not the screen when talking. Looking into the interviewer’s eyes on the screen makes you appear as though you are looking down, not directly at them. Practice this beforehand so that you will get comfortable and will easily remember to look into the camera when speaking.
And finally, if you still want the position after the interview, be sure to let the interviewer know that!