First and foremost, you should confirm with the interviewer whether they prefer to conduct the interview via video conferencing or phone. Although it may seem more intimidating, integrating video can serve to your benefit, as it will allow you to mimic an in-person interview. You’ll get the benefit of reading the interviewer’s reactions and nonverbal communications.
There are a host of video conferencing tools: Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Microsoft Teams are just a few. Confirm with your interviewer which video platform they plan on using so you can download it to your device(s), set up an account or login (if required) and know how to use it.
Before your virtual interview kicks off, make sure:
Remember that sometimes technology can have glitches, so just take your time and relax, because how you react under pressure will be notable to the interviewer.
For your interview, it’s important to find a quiet, well-lit space with a neutral background – preferably by a window. Keep in mind: This will give interviewers a peek into your personal life, so you want to ensure that your interview area is free of clutter.
You’ll also want to be sure you “arrive” to your interview not on time – but early. Giving yourself time to get comfortable and organised before the start of the interview will help ensure you’re in the right mindset and well-prepared.
After your interview space is set up, you want to eliminate distractions from the room completely. During the interview you are the focal point, so you want to make sure there aren’t any distractions that can cause the interviewer to miss questions or answers. Plus, you should try to find a space that pets or family members will not enter during your interview. Turn off any radio, television, and computer or phone notifications while in your interview.
While you aim to make the experience similar to an in-person interview, you’ll want to extend the same gratitude and patience that you normally would. Understand that while this experience is new to you, it may be new for the interviewer as well – or at least perhaps not their preferred way of hiring. Thanking them for their time and empathising that you both are in this together can help enrich the virtual connection to feel similar to an in-person meeting.