How to Make a Good Impression in a Virtual Job Interview

There is no doubt that for many job seekers, the interview is the most daunting part of the whole process. But what if you can do it in the comfort of your home? For many employers, virtual interviews are the future: Whether you live far away or need a remote interview for other reasons, video conferencing is a simple solution used by many companies when meeting candidates "face-to-face." Although video interviews do not allow some proven methods to make a good impression, such as a firm handshake, there are many ways to surprise your potential boss behind the screen. Just follow this guide to prepare and hone your video interview skills.

1. Prepare in advance:

Be sure to investigate the employer in advance! You should check profiles of the companies that you apply for jobs; read the comments of colleagues who have worked or intern there, and check the latest news reports of the organization for developments. The more you have the ability to ask thoughtful questions, the smoother your conversation will flow throughout the interview. In addition, use this time to review your resume and job description, and consider how your past experience can help you stand out in this position. Keeping this information in mind will help you be safer during video calls.

2. Show up on time:

Although you don’t need to log in 15 minutes before you arrive at the office for an interview, you must enter the video chat immediately at the set start time. To ensure everything goes smoothly, please make sure you have loaded the correct software, and consider a test call with a trusted friend to resolve your connection issues.

3. Dress for success:

Make sure you look elegant and professional, at least the most important thing. (The beauty of a video call is that no one will know if you are wearing sweatpants with a shirt and tie!) Consider a button-down shirt or shirt and be sure to dress up as a face-to-face meeting. Not only will this help you impress the interviewer, but wearing clothes that make you feel confident can also help you stay awake in the game!

4. Consider your background:

If there are socks everywhere in the house, you might not invite your future boss over to your house, right? So don't let them see the video! Find a clean and quiet area in your living space where you can answer the phone. Be sure to speak to any roommates ahead of time to ensure that when you discuss your professional strengths and weaknesses, no one is walking behind you or making a loud noise.

5. Make “eye contact” with the camera:

If it helps, consider putting a few eyes next to your webcam to remind you to look directly at it throughout the call. This gives a feeling of eye contact instead of absentmindedly staring at the screen! Eye contact, even through a laptop, can help develop a sense of real connection and focus; When it comes to hitting the interviewer instantly, it makes a huge difference.

6. Stay focused and visibly engaged:

One way to show the interviewer that you are motivated and engaged is to practice active listening. Consider nodding your head as they speak to show understanding and asking questions for clarification if necessary. Plus, handwritten notes! Keep a notebook nearby so you can jot down key questions or points in the interview without having to write aloud to interrupt the flow of the conversation.

7. Don't trust cheat sheets, but be prepared:

If relevant, be prepared to share your portfolio or work examples with the interviewer; prepare some labels and offer to share your screen when the topic appears. Also, go to the interview with the questions you want to ask the interviewer. This shows initiative and genuine interest.

8. Remember to stay responsive after you wave goodbye:

After you finish the call, make sure not to "ghost" your interviewer. Download the Handshake app to ensure you respond to recruiters’ messages in a timely manner, and check your email at least twice a day for any disclosures or next steps that may come to your inbox.

Put these skills in your back pocket, and you will have all the keys to a successful video interview. All you have to do now is to find the right opportunity! Check out these useful tips on online job hunting or internships, and discover ways to make the most of remote internships after receiving an offer.


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