In this technology era, the popularity of finding jobs online is growing at a rapid rate. No longer are businesses posting their open positions on cork boards and waiting on an applicant’s call. With the shift in employees moving online to hunt for jobs, companies have followed suit with virtual recruiting efforts.
Virtual job fairs have become widely popular over the last several months. They allow the opportunity to interview around your own schedule from the comfort of your own home. With a variety of interview times, job seekers have the flexibility to schedule time around other jobs or schooling.
But how is preparing for an online interview different from a traditional interview? We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you crush your virtual job search.
1. Check your Tech
There’s nothing worse than logging on to start your interview, only to find out your computer or cell phone is dead and the charger is nowhere to be found. We recommend setting your computer up where you plan to interview the night before (more on that later) and plug it in to charge overnight. Also, be sure to check your internet connection at least an hour before your scheduled interview time. You don’t want to sit down to begin, only to be met with a dropped signal. (Pro tip: Using headphones with a built-in microphone will GREATLY improve your sound quality.)
2. Still Dress for Success
While you may be able to connect with employers from the comfort of your home, you shouldn’t look too comfortable. Be sure to still wear presentable clothing that you would normally wear to an in-person interview, even if it is only from the waist up!
3. Distraction-Free is the Way to Be
Setting up your computer in an area free of distractions is a super important part of having a successful virtual interview. We recommend a desk or table in a room where the TV/music is off and family members won’t enter. It’s a good idea to move your pets to another room while you’re doing your interview. While we love our furbabies here at WSI, having them make a surprise guest appearance while you’re discussing your past work experience may throw you off your game.
4. All Eyes on Me
It’s important to give your interviewer your full attention. Here’s what that looks like:
- Eyes on your screen
- Sitting in one place the entire time
- Not on your phone or attending to other distractions off-screen (Interviewers will still be able to tell you’re not focused on them even if it’s not in camera view)
But most importantly, just relax! A good interview should feel more like a conversation than an interrogation, and that’s our goal at WSI with every candidate. Follow these tips and we’re sure you’ll be accepting that job offer in no time!