We are discovering that many of the things that we did in-person can be done virtually if we put enough effort into it. This includes job interviews. If you’re interviewing for a role at a company that is not in close proximity, you have to have a long-distance interview. Similarly, because of self-quarantine measures, you might be scheduled for long-distance interviews. These are some ways to prepare for a virtual interview.
You Still Have To Prepare Yourself
Just as you would with an in-person interview, you need to make sure that you are mentally prepared for your interview. This means that you still need to do your research on the company. You also still need to run yourself through possible questions and prepare accordingly. Even if it’s virtual, you’re still trying to make a good impression.
Learn About The Interview Platform
When your interview is scheduled, ask about the platform that is going to be used to conduct the interview. This is important because some applications require users to have accounts in order to make or receive calls. If the application requires installation on your desktop, make sure that you take care of that before the day of the interview. In addition if you know that your computer acts up sometimes, don’t give it too much work on the day of the interview.
Create The Right Environment For Your Interview
Find a quiet space for your interview. This means that if you’re living with family you give them a heads-up in advance. Make sure that there are no distracting noises, and that you’ve picked a place that has good lighting. You might also want to have a glass of water nearby in-case the interview runs long. In addition to that make sure that you have your notes and your phone handy.
You Still Have To Dress Up
Just because you’re having your interview from home doesn’t mean that you don’t have to dress up. You should dress as you would for an in-person interview and make sure that you are well groomed as well. Dress to make an impression. Make sure that the fact that the interview is virtual doesn’t affect your professionalism.
Have A Test Run
When you’re sure that you’re finally adequately prepared for the interview, have a dry run. Ask a friend if you can test your virtual platform with them. During the test, fix any issues that will arise. You could have problems with the clarity of your audio, or there could even be something in the background that you’ve missed on your own.
Try To Establish A Rapport Before The Interview
When you finally get on the call with your interviewer, try to establish a rapport. Sure, it’s business, but that’s no reason not to ask how they’re doing. A short non-work related conversation before the interview will help you get a little more comfortable with your interviewer. At the same time, it will also help calm your nerves if you’re a little anxious.
Send A Thank You After The Interview
Just a swould for a conventional interview, send a ‘Thank You’ to your interviewer after the interview. Thank them for considering you for the role, and thank them for the interview. You can also let them know that you’re excited about the role and that you are hopeful to hear back from them. This simple politeness can make a lasting impression.
An advantage of long-distance interviews is that you control the environment. So, you definitely want to make sure that it works for you.