Virtual Interviews Are Here To Stay: Tips And Tricks For 2021 And Beyond

Virtual Interviews

Virtual Interviews Are Here To Stay: Tips And Tricks For 2021 And Beyond

Virtual Interviews

Remote interviews have been around for quite a while now, even before the emergence of the ‘new normal’. But with the current situation faced by the majority of the workforce, it has become the primary avenue for recruiters, hiring managers as well as job seekers alike.

The introduction of virtual interviews to the masses comes with its own set of challenges. Unlike face-to-face interviews, which most of us are very well familiar with, interviewing remotely has its limitations. From logistical factors such as unstable internet connection and awkward fumbles with teleconferencing apps to psychological aspects such as not being able to read body language and other communication barriers.

To be better prepared and overcome such challenges, here are three tips and tricks we can utilize for a more fluid and wholesome experience when it comes to remote interviews.  

Good Preparation is Half The Battle Won

Preparing for a virtual interview works just like a normal interview in general. You will still need to look your best with proper professional wear and dress appropriately. The questions and answers you have can also be written down on your trusty notepad that you will have with you throughout the interview.

The main focus comes in the form of the virtual process. Make sure both you and the interviewing manager are clear on the platform of communication, for example:

  • the app the teleconference will be on (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.)
  • is it a video or audio call
  • will there be a need to share screens at any point in the interview?

Before the start of any virtual meetings or interviews, the best practice here would be to have a trial run to observe if everything is going smoothly. Make sure the internet connection is stable to avoid any lags during the interview process and test the sound quality of the audio (both your speaker so you can hear them clearly, as well as your own microphone so they can hear you). With all these preparation in place, you are good to go.  

Over-communication is Fine

The biggest gripe many hiring managers and interviewers have with remote interviews is a lack of human interaction. With face-to-face exchange, there are many nuances and body language hints one can pick up to adapt. This sets the course and direction of the interview. But with virtual or remote interviews, one needs to assume only through facial expressions and tone of voice, and even so, proves quite a challenge.

Thus, over-communication is fine. Ask more questions than necessary to get a stable footing during the interview process. Do not be afraid to repeat yourself when the message is not clear for any party, and most importantly, look into the camera and express yourself towards your intended audience (even if it means slight exaggeration).  

Always Acquire Feedback Post-Interview

When all is said and done and the interview is over, feel free to ask for feedback on your performance. There is only experience to gain when receiving feedback, no matter if it’s negative or positive. Through these feedbacks, you will find opportunities to further improve yourself and be even better for future interviews and teleconferencing meetings.

With all these preparations in place, you are allowing yourself to prove that you will be a good fit for hire if the job or career path requires remote working and future needs for teleconferencing. It ultimately shows strength and experience on your part, further expanding your abilities to carry out virtual communication successfully.

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