Plan for SUCCESS.
Tips & Tricks for Virtual Interviews
We understand what it’s like to be an applicant – we’ve all been there at one time or another. And we fully realize there are more global jobs in our industry than available talent so it’s important to define our general hiring experience. To help set expectations, here is our interview process once you have applied:
Your Physical Environment
- Find a quiet, private place, free from possible interruptions.
- Clear the desk space, except for your questions, notepad, pen/pencil, and your resume.
- The background behind you is neutral and free from clutter.
- Adjust the lights in the room; if things appear dark or dim, you may want to bring in an extra desk lamp to brighten the space.
- Set your cellphone to silent.
Your Virtual Environment
- Test your tech! Test your computer’s camera; check that your computer’s audio is working; ensure your internet connection is stable.
- Close any unnecessary web browser tabs and applications.
- Position the camera so that you are looking up slightly and centered on the screen.
Dress for Success
- Opt for neutral, soft colors that are less distracting.
- If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare from the lenses.
Be Mindful of Body Language
- Eye contact is just as important during a video interview; make the same level of connection.
- Direct your gaze at the webcam so your eyes are more likely to align with the eyes of the person on the other end; consider turning off your view of yourself after you join the interview.
- Nod and smile when appropriate to communicate that you’re giving your full attention.
Prepare for the Unexpected
- In case of technical difficulties: Before the interview, confirm with the recruiter how they can reach you if needed, or how you can reach your recruiter.
- Noise interruptions: If noises (sirens, dogs, construction, etc.) interrupt your video interview, apologize for the interruption, and ask for a few moments until the noise has subsided. You may want to mute the microphone if the noise is severe or ongoing.