Rather than have prospective employees come all the way to the office, especially in the case of cross-country or overseas interviews, many employers are now going virtual. More businesses are doing virtual interviews which is easier for everyone involved not to mention much more time efficient. Although it should be treated like a regular in-person interview, there are a few additional tips to keep in mind to help the process go smoothly and hopefully get you the job you really want.
Get dressed in business clothes
Business attire means no pajamas, sweat pants or anything that you would wear to relax in around the house. Have your hair neat and styled, put make-up on if you prefer and look presentable. However, there's nothing wrong with wearing furry slippers.
Eliminate as many noises as possible
There's nothing worse than trying to talk to someone via computer who has a thousand other noises going on around them. Turn the television and music off and don't forget to close the windows and doors. Any outside noises, including screaming kids and honking horns, are going to be a huge distraction.
Hide your family
Along with the noises, you'll want to hide your family - including your pet. If possible, ask everyone to leave the house so there's no chance of disruptions. Just because your family and pet are in another room doesn't mean the interviewer won't be able to hear any loud barks, meows or unintentional noises from your loved ones. The less people and animals in the house, the less distractions and disruptions you'll have to worry about.
Check what's behind you
Did you ever see those photos online where the subject is in the forefront but there's something strange behind them? You don't want an interviewer taking a glance behind you and seeing your underwear hanging up somewhere, a dirty litter box, a pile of pots and pans in your sink or some other item that shouldn't there. Your best bet is to just go with a plain wall behind you.
Check your lighting
There's nothing wrong with natural light, but too much of it and you might face a couple of problems. You might find yourself squinting or dealing with watery eyes if faced with sun glare. If it's too dark, your interviewer isn't going to be able to get a good focus on you. Check your lighting before beginning the interview to avoid any problems.
You don't want to be uncomfortable and squirming during your interview, but you also don't want to be reclining back in your chair or sinking into the sofa. Your best bet is to sit at a desk or at least on the edge of a chair where you can sit up straight and not slouch yet still be comfortable.
Test out your angles
A day or two before your interview, have a loved one to pretend to be the interviewer and check out what it would look like from their perspective. Ask the person to make sure the camera is level, that there's nothing strange behind you and that the lighting is good. If you need to make any adjustments, better to find out from your loved one than the interviewer.
The best way to ensure you ace your virtual interview is to prep for it ahead of time. Don't wait until the last minute and treat it as if you were just talking to a friend. The better you prep for the interview, the more you increase your chances of walking away with the job.
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