The pandemic has changed how we do everything, from how we get groceries, see shows, to how we interview for jobs. The world went virtual in 2020 and has not looked back. Many employers have decided to adopt permanent virtual work arrangements, so it is no surprise that most interviews are also being done online. If this is new territory for you or you just want to be an interview rockstar when the time comes, use the tips below before your interview.
Do Your Research.
Never go into an interview knowing nothing about the company. You should have a good idea of what services the company provides, who they serve, and where they are located. Go a little deeper and learn about projects that are in the pipeline or any recent news. You can easily find this on the company’s website or a google search.
Be On Time.
Since you won’t be driving to your interview, you may be wondering how this is relevant for a virtual interview. If there is one thing we know about technology, it’s that it doesn’t always work. Log on to the interview platform via the link the company sent you at least 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time. You may have to wait until the interviewer logs on, but at least you will know if your computer and internet connection is sufficient.
Find A Designated Space.
Find a space in your home that is quiet and where you can be alone. A room with a door would be best. Test the angle beforehand so you know how you look and can adjust for how much of your space can be seen by the interviewer. If you have a laptop with a camera, but don’t have a quiet space, you can visit the DFS Indianapolis Career Center to do your interview. Just give us a call or email Charli@indydfs.org to schedule a slot.
Turn Off Your Phone.
A ringing cell phone is notorious for distracting people. Nothing could be worse than nailing your interview and your phone starts ringing. Many of you can’t turn your phone off because of family obligations, but you can put it on silent. Also, be sure that you don’t have any daily alarms that will go off during your interview. If you do, silence them for the interview.
Know What is On Your Resume.
Review your resume and know the highlights that relate directly to the position you are interviewing for. If you know exactly what you are presenting, you are less likely to let nerves turn your answers into babbling. You want to answer the interviewer’s questions directly and concisely.
For additional tips read How to Ace a Video Interview.
Written By Shayla Pinner