Today I want to talk about Virtual Interviews.
In today’s world, more and more interviews are being conducted ‘virtually’. While most of us are familiar with Microsoft Teams or Zoom meetings, there are a number of important things to bear in mind when preparing for an actual job interview via video conference.
First and foremost, my advice would be to present yourself like you would for a face-to-face meeting. First impressions are absolutely key and turning up to an interview with ‘bed hair’ while in a t-shirt and pyjama bottoms is probably not going to impress your potential new employer. While a three-piece suit and freshly polished shoes may not be essential, you definitely want to create a smart professional impression to the client.
You will need to test out your computers audio settings and camera and make sure you find a good position for your computer with a plain, neutral background and good lighting. Make sure the room is pet free and child free where possible and make sure to close all other applications to avoid un-necessary interruptions. It is also a good idea to turn off/silence your mobile phone so you can give the interviewer your full attention.
Next, you will need to make sure you have the relevant App downloaded to your computer. There is nothing worse than being in a mad panic trying to set everything up while the client is sat waiting.
Finally, it is a good idea to have a copy of your CV to hand as well as a list of questions so you are fully prepared and can demonstrate an interest in the client, their business and the particular role you are interviewing for. It is also important to have a pen and paper to hand as well as a glass of water. It can be messy to drink while interviewing but you may need this if it is a long appointment with a lot of talking or if you get nervous. I also note the interviewer’s telephone number just in case the call drops and I need to get back in touch.
I hope that you found this article useful. For more hints and tips on how to successfully prepare for an interview or any other Recruitment advice, please do get in touch with either myself or another member of the team here at Search Talent. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ben Lillington-Lester – Commercial Manager and Head of Property Recruitment at Search Talent.