Crushing your virtual interview in 2021

With remote interviews turning into the new norm, knowing how to master this new format of interviewing will decide how successful your job search is.

Read on if you have an upcoming interview over Zoom, Teams, Meet, Skype, or Webex. Or if virtual interviews make you extra nervous, or you hate that awkward laggy silence that happens to the best of us, or feel that not being able to meet your interviewers F2F puts you at a disadvantage.

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  • The same fundamentals of a great interview still apply! Show up prepared with adequate research done about the company, good questions you can ask your interviewer/s, and checking out our other interview tips.
  • Virtual interviews are automatically less engaging than interacting in-person with your interviewer/s. It helps to be extra emphatic and expressive, or to use hand gestures to supplement your words.
  • Dress appropriately for the nature of the role and industry, especially for the boost of confidence you might get.
  • Have a stress ball ready, or a glass of water, or your cup of coffee, out of view but ready by your side - whatever helps calm your nerves and replenish you on a long interview.
  • Ideally you shouldn’t be memorising your answers, but if worried about recalling your key achievements from 2 jobs ago, have your resume ready and pulled up on your computer screen instead of printed out. Doing this makes it less obvious that you’re reading from a document.
  • Always test your link ahead of time to make sure your mic, camera, speakers, and internet are fully functioning.

    Bonus tip: have a contact point / email that you can reach out to at the company immediately if something isn’t working at the last minute.
  • Pick a quiet, safe place with zero interruption. Set the scene with either a virtual background, or at least make sure your bedroom looks neat and clean.

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  • A little hack to reduce echo and improve sound quality is to throw pillows, cushions, or blankets into the room, or pick a carpeted room with plenty of furniture vs. a bare one with hard or wooden floors.

    \Research ***has shown that higher quality audio helps you come across more intelligent, competent, and likable. \*
  • If sharing your screen to present something, clear out or disable all notifications from email, text messaging apps, and the like.

Got an upcoming phone interview instead? Many of these tips still apply, and find more here.

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