COVID-19 is changing the way we conduct our professional lives. As we begin to adapt to our new work landscape, most companies are now required to get creative with their recruitment processes and are relying on video conferencing to facilitate meetings and interviews. 

Whether you’re a video-interviewing veteran or a virtual novice, we have compiled a list of 7 tips to consider when preparing for your next virtual interview:

Create a Video Conferencing Account

Start by creating a video conferencing account such as  Skype or Zoom that can be used to conduct meetings/interviews. Use your full name and avoid non-professional verbiage when creating a username so the interviewer can find you easily or send an email in advance with your named address. 

Test Your Technology

Testing your internet connectivity to ensure a seamless interview is key. Prior to the interview, ensure that your signal strength is adequate and run a test video to minimize technical hiccups. Whether you plan on using a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet, ensure your technology is fully charged and reliable. 

Prepare Your Interview Space and Minimize Distractions

Being mindful of your surroundings and creating a professional backdrop will communicate to your prospective employer you are taking the interview seriously. Ensure that your space is clean, organized, and well lit. In order to minimize distractions, ensure your mobile device is turned off or on silent, and is out of the frame. If you live with others, inform them of your interview to allow for sufficient privacy and a quiet, professional setting.

Dress the Part

Professional attire is a must. Depending on the position you are interviewing for, a dress shirt/jacket may be appropriate, but at a minimum business casual attire should be observed. First impressions are lasting and how you look could have as much influence on your ability to win the position as the interview questions themselves.

Monitor your body language

Virtual interviews may leave you with the impression that you are not being assessed based on your body language.  It is important to note that the majority of communication actually happens through non-verbal ques.  Now more than ever it is important that you exude personal confidence, keep eye contact with your interviewer and remember to “lean into” the conversation even if it is through a computer screen. 

Come Prepared

This tip is probably a no-brainer for interviewees however it’s importance warrants a refresher on what it means to come prepared to an interview,( even if it is virtual).  It is a safe bet that you will be asked a question that tests your knowledge about the Company.  So at a minimum conduct a google search to arm yourself with key highlights about the company mission, vision, values and operating model.  Being prepared means thinking about how you will answer questions about the value you will bring to your potential employer – including thinking about examples of your experience from previous positions.  You can never over prepare for an interview. 

Follow Up

As soon as you have completed your interview you should prepare an email to thank your prospective employer for the potential employment opportunity.   Not only does this initiative speak to your level of professionalism,  it also serves to remind your prospective employer of what a strong candidate you are and will keep you top of mind.