There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for an interview. When you are interviewing virtually, there will be a few more steps added to this preparation specifically around Virtual interview tips.
Research the company
The first step in preparing for any interview is to research the company. Ideally, you should do this this before applying to the job. However, if you didn’t, set aside time to review the company’s website to learn more about its products/services, values, and culture before the call.
Prepare to answer and ask questions
The most important part of interviewing is being able to answer questions clearly. You want to be able to communicate your experience and how it applies to the role that you’re interviewing for.
Employers typically ask behavioral interview questions to get insight into your prior experiences. Your past experiences and how you were able to deal with challenges help predict your future behavior. This is how an employer determines if you’re cut out for the job.
– Ask questions
An interview is not just for the employer to learn more about you, but it is also an opportunity for you to interview them. You want to know if they are a good fit for your career and interests.
Asking questions not only makes your look prepared, but it will give you more information to make an informed decision.
Before your interview, make a list of questions to ask the interviewer(s). These questions can pertain to the job that you are interviewing for, the company as a whole, and even their personal experience as an employee.
The one question to always ask in an interview is, “What are the next steps?”
Plan and prepare your attire
Planning your attire is the next critical step in preparing for your Virtual interview.
Although you won’t be in person, traditional interview attire still applies. You want to look professional and polished.
When deciding what to wear, keep in mind that certain colors and patterns do not show well on camera. You will want to avoid busy patterns, stripes, and loud jewelry.
Be sure to try and test your attire out on camera beforehand to ensure that everything comes off well on video and also fits properly and don’t forget about your hair, prepare all in advance.
Test your tech in advance
There’s nothing worse than having technical difficulties during an important call. That’s why it is important to get familiar with Zoom, google meet, Microsoft teams whatever you are using before your interview.
To begin, download the app to your phone or desktop ahead of time. If you’ve never used any of these techs before, familiarize yourself with it.
When setting up your account, upload a professional-looking headshot and add your full name to your profile. Both will appear when you join the call for your interview and you want to lead with a good impression
Final thoughts on how to ace an interview
With virtual interviews becoming more of the norm, it’s important to know exactly what to do to prepare. Hopefully, these interview tips help you prepare and feel confident in knowing how to ace your interview.