By Lynn Kavcsak, Dean of Career & Employment Resources
During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have continued to screen job candidates by phone; but second-round, in-person interviews are less common. You’re likely to find yourself participating in a virtual interview with a potential employer, using a platform such as Zoom, WebEx, or Microsoft Teams. Below are tips for a polished virtual interview:
Before your interview:
- Research the company by visiting its website and reviewing its mission statement.
- Prepare two or three questions to ask at the end of the interview.
- Dress appropriately, as you would for an in-person interview – not too casual or too formal.
- Set up a simple, professional-looking backdrop for your interview.
- Minimize files and other distractions on your computer.
- Position yourself 12-18 inches from your screen.
- Test positions so that your face is not too high or too low for the camera.
- Test platform audio in advance.
- PRACTICE using different virtual platforms.
- Log in 5-10 minutes early.
During your interview:
- Make good eye contact by looking into the camera.
- Listen attentively and respond appropriately to all questions.
- Show enthusiasm and professionalism.
- Keep noise to a minimum, including pets and children.
After your interview:
- Follow up the interview with a personal email, thanking your interviewer and reiterating why you would be a good fit for the position and the company.
- Be patient. Companies are hiring, but the hiring process is taking longer during the pandemic.
Source: Dress for Success sponsored Industry-Specific Hiring Practices during Covid-19 Coaching Panel, Monday, September 14, 2020.