Simple Tips for Acing Your Virtual Job Interview

September 16th, 2020
By: JobsTherapy.com Content Staff

A judge in Miami made national news in April when he reminded lawyers using Zoom to appear virtually before the court that they still had to wear pants. Clearly, some people have become a little too comfortable working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 has forced many companies to begin interviewing job candidates virtually, and while the typical interview questions remain the same, the shift away from in-person interviews presents a challenge for both job applicants and hiring managers.

Below are tips from the online job board Glassdoor and the technology-solutions provider ezTalks on how to ace your virtual job interview. The tips are relevant for job applicants in any industry, including physical and occupational therapists.

● Look the part – It’s important to look your best for any job interview, so wear professional attire and don’t appear to have just woken up. Men should take the time to shave, and both men and women should make sure they don’t have bed head, according to ezTalks. In short, wear the same kind of professional outfit you would wear to an in-person interview.

● Find a clean, quiet setting – Choose a quiet, clean space with good lighting for your interview, a place free of distractions from family members, pets and outside noise, according to Glassdoor. The setting you choose is a glimpse into your personal life, so make sure it’s clean and makes the right first impression. Be sure there’s enough light for the interviewer to see you clearly, which promotes better communication.

● Test your technology beforehand – Test vital tech aspects such as your Internet connection, camera, speakers and video-conferencing platforms to confirm they’re all working properly, EzTalks said. Employers want to hire people who do their due diligence and are technologically savvy, so don’t wait until the time of the call to make sure the interviewer will be able to hear you.

● Remember to prepare – Job candidates should rehearse their responses to commonly asked questions, just as they would for an in-person interview, according to Glassdoor. Make sure your confidence and warm personality shine through in your answers, which should provide all the information the interviewer asked for without going on endlessly. Additionally, research the company online so you can ask questions that show you have taken the time to learn about the company and are interested in landing that particular job, instead of just any job.

● Be on time and professional – Be in front of the camera and ready to go 15 minutes before the interview so you’ll have time to address unexpected tech issues and aren’t scrambling to get into place when the interview starts, according to ezTalks. Remember to be polite at all times, to smile, not to chew gum and not to slouch. You want to appear relaxed, confident and professional throughout.

● Ditch the cellphone and social media – If you’re not using your cellphone for the interview, then leave it in another room, turn it off or set it to silent. Taking a phone call during an interview isn’t an option, and even a phone set on vibrate can be distracting to both parties. Shut down all social media sites on your desktop or laptop computer, phone or other device, ezTalks said.

● Stay focused – Keep your eyes on the camera most of the time, and don’t allow your mind to wander, which can be a real challenge during a virtual call, ezTalks said. Displaying good listening skills is important in any job interview.

● Follow up – After your interview, contact the interviewer to thank her for her time, reaffirm your interest in the position and let her know that you are readily available for any follow-up questions, according to Glassdoor.

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our personal and professional lives, including how we get a job. But many of the same rules apply, so show your best self to boost your odds of success.

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