May 26, 2021

The past few months have resulted in a drastic change for active job seekers. Most companies have evolved from face to face interviews to virtual interviews.

The Coronavirus pandemic has been an accelerator for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the world, this means job seekers now have to adjust and learn new techniques for virtual job interviews.

A virtual interview is exactly the same as a normal job interview but conducted remotely using video chat services such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. 

Below are a few tips on how to conduct a virtual job interview.

Test your equipment

Just like a normal face to face interview where you are expected to be on time and prepared, the same is expected of you in a virtual interview. You need to make sure you have a good internet connection and your equipment i.e. laptop, tablet or cell phone has a full battery and is in good working condition.

Test your microphone and speakers beforehand with a friend or family to make sure they can hear and see you clearly and that you can also see and hear them. 

When hiring managers conduct interviews, they have other candidates scheduled for the same day and time is important. You don’t want to cut your interview short because of time lost while experiencing technical difficulties. 

Dress for success

Though it is a virtual interview, it is still important to project professionalism. Dress like you would if you were going to conduct the meeting in person. Avoid any overpowering patterns or flashy accessories. Do not be too flashy that you divert the attention from what’s important. You should be the focus of the interview, not your wardrobe.

Keep your virtual identity professional

Always keep your email and usernames simple and professional as they are your first impression. Don’t give the hiring manager a reason to question your professionalism before they even meet you by providing an unprofessional email address e.g. Drunkgirl467@xxxx.com or sexyfirefighter@xxxx.com etc.  

Your virtual identity must represent you in the best way possible.

Body language and distractions

Unfortunately, that firm handshake and enthusiasm you normally greet employers with during a face to face interview won’t translate through video. Instead, convey confidence through your body language. 

Sit up straight, smile and keep the camera at eye level to avoid looking up or down.

Always keep your eyes focused on the camera and limit distractions. Turn off your television, put your cell phone on silent, and close windows and doors to minimize any distracting noises from outside. 

Be sure to do what you can to eliminate these potential interruptions on your end before beginning the video call.

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