Contributed By: Julie Weisenbach, Talent Consultant, Wize Talent Solutions
You’ve finally landed a job interview, but wait… it’s a Virtual interview? It could be a Zoom call, GoToMeeting or even Facetime, the point is they want to see YOUR smiling face and personality come out during the interview!
Here are some tips and tricks on how to prepare for a video interview.
- Review the interviewers backgrounds on LinkedIn. Will you be on with a group of interviewers or is this just a one on one interview? Details should be in the invite.
- Review the company ahead of time. Look at the organization’s website, Glassdoor and Indeed reviews. Review the job description one more time.
- Print out a copy of your resume so you have reference points.
- Come prepared with a few common interview questions such as:
- Why are you interested in this role?
- What do you know about our company?
- Why are you interested in our company?
- What is your biggest achievement?
- What are you looking for in your new role?
- Why are you leaving your current role?
- When are you available?
- Come prepared for questions for your interviewer.
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are the company’s goals?
- What do you like best about the company?
- What is the ideal candidate you are looking for?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?
- Practice/Role play with a friend
- Keep things simple and not long winded. Have them ask you a few questions and critique your answer.
- Test your technology as soon as you receive the invite. You will receive an email or calendar invite with a link from the organization and it is important to test that link right away. Don’t procrastinate! Often you will be required to download the app to install the software. Check your internet connectivity and confirm your camera and microphone are working. If the picture is grainy and you are using a personal computer, you may need to buy (or borrow) a mini webcam with a built in microphone.
- Retest your equipment on the day of the interview. Tech savvy is one of the top trait’s employers look for!
The Day of the interview
- Dress appropriately! Dress as you would for an in person interview.
- Identify a place that is quiet and distraction free. If you have children or adults at home, ensure they are aware not to disturb you. If you have a pet, consider putting them in a different room so they don’t create a distraction.
- Pick a room that has good lighting, preferably against a blank wall, clutter free. If you have piles of laundry or paperwork, clean it up so it appears you are organized!
- Turn off the television, mute your cell phone.
- Check your body language – since you can’t shake the interviewer’s hand, practice great eye contact, smile, have good posture, keep the camera at eye level.
- Don’t be late! Log in early (5-10 min or so) just in case something comes up. Being early shows you are excited and interested!
- Make a connection but be yourself.
- Immediately follow up within 24 hours of the interview. Keep your email concise and to the point.