While face-to-face interviews are the ideal, a growing number of companies are opting to meet job candidates virtually for at least one interview. While certainly more convenient, this could turn into a missed opportunity for you, if you aren’t ready.
12 Tips for Virtual Interviews
1) Know your technology and test it in plenty of time before your interview to allow time for repairs.
2) If you use a webcam, adjust it to the most flattering angle. Position the camera to be even with or slightly above eye level. Lighting should be even to avoid unflattering dark shadows.
3) Don’t let professionalism slide –you may perceive this interaction as less formal, but it isn’t! Is your Skype profile a professional one?
4) Wear interview attire from head-to-toe. Your interviewer will not be impressed with your polka dot pajama bottoms should you need to stand up for some reason.
5) Be aware of your surroundings – is the space behind you interview appropriate? What is on the walls? Does it look like a professional office or a messy bedroom?
6) No children, pets, spouses, or friends allowed!
7) Conduct a practice interview with a friend using the same technology you will use during the interview. Ask for feedback from your friend about not only your answers but the overall presentation.
8) Smile, you’re on candid camera! Okay, not so candid, but a smile will help you connect and seem engaged with your interviewer.
9) Be certain to look into the camera and not at the screen, so as to appear to be giving direct eye contact.
10) Plug-in. This isn’t the time to operate your laptop on battery power.
11) Enunciate. Speak clearly and succinctly to avoid dropouts and audio distortions.
12) Be aware of the hot mic! At the conclusion of your interview, be certain the camera AND microphone are off and not transmitting your activity and comments.