Have you decided that it's time for a career change? Are you looking for a remote job due to changes in your industry after the pandemic? If you are currently job searching, you have most likely been on a virtual job interview. For most mid-career professionals, virtual job interviews are new and can seem uncomfortable. We understand that anything new can seem intimidating. Job interviews are nerve wracking, let alone adding having to use technology and make a good impression through a screen.
However, virtual job interviews are here to stay for the foreseeable future. And really, they provide some unique advantages that you can use to have a more successful job interview. We understand these challenges and want to share these advantages and some tips to help you because we truly care.
Use the convenience to your advantage. One great plus to a virtual job interview is that you can stay in the comfort of your own home. You don't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic or feel nervous about being in an unfamiliar place. You can also set up your desk with items that help you feel more comfortable and confident during your interview. You can also test the video early to make sure your background and your appearance look professional, helping you feel more in control of your interview. However, convenience doesn't mean looking or dressing overly casual. Dress how you would if you were going to an in-person interview. We recommend being fully dressed in case you need to stand up during your interview.
Have a backup plan. Prepare for the things that could go wrong during a virtual job interview and have a backup plan. For example, if you are concerned that your internet connection may be spotty, have the call-in number for the job interview written down and your phone handy so you can dial in without losing time. Make sure that your charger is nearby in case your laptop is running low on battery. Ensure that your wireless headset is fully charged and have a pair of regular earbuds handy in case the wireless set doesn't work. Being prepared for any technological issues in advance will help you feel calmer and more collected during your interview. Talk to your network about any challenges they have faced during virtual job interviews and exchange ideas to be more prepared.
Use an outline. One big advantage to a virtual job interview is that you can have a small outline and notes visible on your desk without the hiring manager being aware of it. Of course, if you read directly from a piece of paper, the hiring manager will be able to tell and that won't give a good impression. However, outlining your STAR stories or strengths you want to highlight during your interview can help you feel more confident during your interview. We recommend writing down only a few words to help you remember a story or a strength. For example: HR Department 2014- leadership, Tom's project 2019- communication. You can also write down any questions you want to ask the hiring manager so that you don't forget at the end of the interview.