A virtual or digital interview takes place over the internet, sometimes over the phone, but more often via technology such as video conferencing and other online communication platforms.
Most companies have adopted digital interviews as the new standard. Our responsibility is to accept our unique lifestyles in the face of the epidemic, maintain social distance, and stay at home in all parts of our lives, including work. Conducting video interviews can be challenging at first, and it can be irritating at times, especially when multiple interviewers are involved.
Employers benefit from digital interviewing because it streamlines the interview process, eliminates schedule difficulties, saves money, and expands the candidate pool.
Here are some virtual interview tips for us to follow or avoid:
1.Do some research on the company
Learn about the firm, the job function, and the people interviewing us by doing some research. We'll be prepared to answer any inquiries, inquire about the position, and make a solid first impression armed with this knowledge.
2.Select an Optimal Location
Because we cannot be available for an interview in an office setting, choose a venue that portrays professionalism. If we want the interviewer to focus solely on us and not on other things, we should set up our webcam in a clean area with adequate lighting and a blank background free of posters or items.
3. Verify our Internet Service
By verifying our connection ahead of time, we can avoid fear and the awful task of cancelling an interview. An inactive contact will irritate the panel and lead to misunderstandings. If there are any unforeseen internet problems, please notify the interviewers ahead of time.
4. Put Your Tools to the Test
An interview went wrong, maybe because of the slow laptop, a broken webcam, or a broken microphone. Please make sure the video platform we're using (such as Skype or Zoom) is working correctly by testing it ahead of time; a quick test call with a friend is a bright idea. We should also double-check our audio and microphone, as well as perform a webcam test.
5.Practice your interview
Prepare for the interview by recording a practice interview that we can watch afterwards or making a trial call with a friend who can offer us feedback. A rehearsal will raise our self-esteem and help us to prepare for the big event. Try practising common interview questions, looking straight at the webcam rather than ourselves, and experimenting with different postures and voice tones.
6.Adequately Virtual interview Attire
We must dress professionally for our interview, whether at home or at the local library. Look up the company's dress code and try to match our outfits as closely as possible. Would you please make sure we're adequately dressed from the waist down as well?
Here are some Virtual Interview attire tips:
a)Select the appropriate colours to wear
We should avoid wearing bright colours and distracting patterns. Instead, choose neutral-coloured clothing that does not blend into the background, such as beige, grey, black, navy blue, and so on. On camera, white clothes appear brighter, making it difficult for the interviewer to maintain excellent eye contact.
b)Have a practise run
Before the actual video interview, it is highly advised that we practise our look on camera.
c)What is the best way to dress from the waist down?
Even if we don't anticipate standing up during the interview, it's essential to wear a professional skirt or pants.
d)Extra tips: Avoid wearing too much jewellery
While it may be tempting to complement our clothes with matching jewellery, it's better to reduce our accessories to a bare minimum during video interviews. Shiny jewellery that catches the light on the camera should be avoided at all costs since it will be pretty distracting to the interviewer.
7. Maintain a professional behaviour
We must interview professionally, maintaining a professional tone and posture that involves avoiding slang language, maintaining a good posture, and concentrating on our interviewers.
8. Demonstrate Who We Are
While it's necessary to have a professional attitude during the interview, it's also important to show our personalities. One thing to remember is to smile at our recruiters and maintain eye contact.
9. Have Faith
An interview may be nerve-wracking, but for camera-shy people, digital calls can be even more so. We must discuss our talents and experience with clarity and confidence and remain calm, confident, and proactive.
10.Follow up on what we've done this far
We must exhibit this off-camera and make a positive impression on-camera and send a thank-you note after the interview. It will demonstrate not only our determination but also our regard for one another. It will also help us stand out from the crowd of other applicants.
11.Know about video interview etiquette
The numerous procedures and norms of conduct that a person must follow while presenting for interviews using video software are video interview etiquette. Decorum, mores, and good manners are the norms of behaviour, which suggest that the individual is polished, knowledgeable, and professional enough.
We must make every effort to arrive on time and prepared for that upcoming call by preparing ourselves minutes or even hours in advance.
2.Take a Seat in a Public Area
If we want to project professionalism, avoid loud, public venues. It's pointless to have an interview if the interviewer does not even hear our responses, and it'll be downright awkward if we have to keep shouting over a noisy background.
3.Use a Funny Username
Make sure our username and email address are professional. If we have written under the names 'cutie' or 'email@example.com,' don't add us as a contact. Instead, create a professional account with a username that will not make us blush in front of the panel.
4.Play around with the camera
The digital interview may be a failure, especially if the video screen is shaky. Would you mind not fiddling with the webcam too much? Otherwise, our interviewers will become dizzy and distracted. If we need to make a video call on a mobile phone, prop it up somewhere, it won't drop.
5. Allow Ourself to Be Distracted
Maintaining eye contact is a great technique to show professionalism and confidence during an interview. It's easy to get sidetracked by other things if we don't pay attention.
6.Remove the camera from the display
Speaking to a blank screen will be unpleasant for our potential employer, and it will reflect a lack of skill to handle video calls in a real-world context.
7.Use the computer as a source of information
We could want to bring up something from our CV or portfolio during the interview. However, while on the phone, we should avoid going through our computer and searching through files; instead, we should print them off for future reference. If we need to take notes, write them down by hand rather than type them since it will appear more professional.
8.Recite the answers
Another common interview blunder is reading our responses from a screen or piece of paper. We should prepare some answers to the most challenging interview questions rather than reading them from a script.
9.Answer the Interviewer's Questions
Digital interviews can be aggravating, especially if more than one interviewer is present. Interruptions and talking over each other are common, resulting in overlapping communication. If this is the case with the interview panel, we should remain silent and wait for the conversation to die down before responding.
10.Forget Body Language
Be aware of our body language, as we would in a physical interview. Do not slouch, avoid over smiling, and stare at the screen. Instead, sit up straight, control our expressions, and use our hands to express ourselves.
The digital interview is both time and cost-effective. It provides criticism on a specified date/time, and if we aren't very capable of giving presentations in person, we will most likely deflect our performance virtually. A calm space with a neutral background was necessary.
Traditional interviews, on the other hand, are time-consuming and costly. Hiring managers use a hierarchical system to make decisions, which takes time. We may make an excellent first impression by dressing appropriately and shaking hands properly. Interviews can only be done in the company's headquarters, where employers can analyze our presentation and communication skills in person.
The concept of asynchronous video interviewing hasn't gotten much attention, but it should. Digitals Interviews enables companies to meet candidates remotely at their leisure and creates a planned, systematic interview process. Over the years, it has grown in popularity. It's only a matter of time before we are invited to attend one ourselves, with hiring managers and recruiters using video to conduct their interviews. Although the procedure can be nerve-wracking, we can take some virtual interview tips to ensure that we handle everything with ease and confidence, just like we would in any other job interview.