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What to Expect When Virtually Interviewing #TopTips

Looking back at my career, I remember when I worked for a Tech Company employing people for their technical skills and language skills, We used to have to ask the candidates to attend one of the offices in-country to host the video call, Thankfully 20 years things are now alot accessible for candidates and companies

While companies are still hiring, most have made updates to their interview process to ensure the safety and comfort of both candidates and staff. Until conditions allow for in-person meetings, it is recommended to conduct all job interviews virtually, It may even become the industry standard moving forward, if not fully perhaps a blended approach.

To help ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your virtual interview, review these helpful tips and best practices.

Virtual interview tips and best practices

Top Tip #1

Find the ideal location Find a quiet, private, and well-lit location with a background free of any distractions. If possible, position yourself in front of a blank wall. To minimize interruptions, make sure the people around you know that you will be unavailable. If possible, use a room that has a door you can close.

Top Tip #2

Prepare your technology Install relevant video conferencing software onto your device, then test the link sent by the company. It’s also a good idea to test your camera and microphone prior to the interview. Sign in 5 to 10 minutes beforehand to check your internet connection, webcam, and microphone. Make sure your device is fully charged so you don’t get cut off mid-interview, and keep your mobile device handy in case you are disconnected and the interviewer needs to call you along with a copy of the log in details.

Be Prepared, You may need to use a whiteboard tool l and a screen-sharing feature will also be available if you need to present during your interview.

Top Tip #3

Knowledge is power. Research the company, its products, and its culture. Come prepared to ask questions, not just answer them. And don’t stress about how to dress. Just choose something you’d wear on an important day at work, and you’ll be fine. To avoid distractions during the interview, close all other windows on your screen, turn off desktop alerts, and mute your phone and notifications.

What if things go wrong?

Virtual interviews can be uncomfortable for both parties, and things don’t always go as planned. Fortunately, help is available. If you experience technical difficulties during the interview, view the technical support button on the collaboration tool. If you’re still having trouble connecting, dial in from your phone using the country-specific number and the passcode is given to you in the interview invitation. If it’s still not working, email your contact immediately. If you feel like there may be technical issues before the interview starts, let your contact know right away so you can both adjust when needed.

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