Five Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview

Virtual interviews are the new normal, and it looks like they are here to stay. According to a Gartner survey, 86 percent of organizations have conducted video interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pair this with a LinkedIn study showing that 71 percent of companies will continue this practice post-COVID-19, and it becomes apparent that job seekers should expect a majority of their interviews to take place virtually.

While they aren’t exactly a new phenomenon, many job seekers don’t feel comfortable interviewing via webcam. Here are five tips that will help you master your virtual interview:

Be Prepared 

No matter the venue, the key to any interview is to come in prepared. Do your research on the company and read the job descriptions thoroughly. Be ready to answer both general interview questions and specifics about the industry. Sell yourself as the right person for the job. The better prepared you are for the interview, the more likely you are to get the job.

Location Matters

Not everyone can interview from a soundproof office, so finding a quiet location in your house is essential. Consider indoor and outdoor noise and how microphones can pick up items like fans, clocks, and other ambient noises. In terms of video, be aware of what the Hiring Manager will see over your shoulders. If something in the background will be distracting simply take it down or adjust the camera angle so it’s out of frame.

Test Your Equipment

Technology has a tradition of working perfectly until the moment you need it. You can cut down on unexpected issues by testing all of your equipment and software before the interview. Set up your webcam and microphone to your liking and test it with a friend. Download all the necessary software and have it ready to use and log unnecessary devices off your WiFi.”

Eye Contact Remains Important

Though the interview isn’t taking place in the same room, eye contact remains extremely important. While it may seem counterintuitive, you should be looking directly into your camera throughout the interview. Consider putting a colorful sticker or page flag above the camera lens to draw your attention and keep yourself focused.

Be Aware of Body Language

Like eye contact, body language remains important during a virtual interview. Sit up straight, keep your hands on your lap or to the side (unless you are using them for emphasis), and look invested throughout the conversation. Position your camera so that you are at eye level and don’t need to slouch. Also, resist the temptation to fiddle with a pen or your mouse during the interview.

A 2019 Harris Poll showed that two-thirds of U.S. job seekers preferred in-person interviews, emphasizing that most of us aren’t totally comfortable with the process. Interviewing and working virtually gives companies access to more candidates, and candidates access to more jobs.   

The Reality of Automation and the Future of Work

The threat of automation is not a new thing, nor are the worries that come with it. In the early 19th century, textile artisans in the Luddite movement fought automation for fear of losing their jobs and livelihood. They worried that newly developed automation (think basic machinery) would leave them jobless. While it’s true that changes did occur, by the time the 20th century came along, employment-to-population ratios rose despite these technological advances. The workforce generally is good at adapting to new technology, and while automation will continue to take over new tasks as it evolves, humans don’t have as much to worry about as they may think. As a job seeker, here are three things to know about automation: 

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Free Online Courses That Can Help You Boost Your Resume

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to give your career a boost. Many top universities and educational platforms share invaluable resources for free. You can learn anything – from architecture to software development – from the world’s top professors without paying a penny.

Below are examples of courses from schools we thought you’d be interested in viewing:

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Going Virtual: Job-Seeking in a Socially-Distanced World

As effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ripple through the economy, both recent graduates and seasoned professionals are searching for opportunities to advance their careers. Current social distancing measures are limiting face-to-face contact, but how will going virtual change employment prospects both during and after the pandemic? Will business continue to utilize virtual recruiting methods to reach more candidates and cut costs? Most importantly, what does the online recruitment revolution mean for you? Despite the uncertainty, there’s good news for candidates and companies alike. In the future, virtual platforms and progress in AI will help connect savvy candidates to recruiters—regardless of how physically distant they may be.

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Three Tips for Handling Meeting Fatigue

Like many things in business, COVID-19 has changed how we conduct meetings. Not only has there been a change to where we have our meetings (goodbye meeting rooms, hello Zoom, Webex, and GoToMeeting), but also the amount we meet. No, it’s not your imagination, you have been in a lot more meetings the last few months. Studies have shown an 40% increase in internal team meetings since April. Meeting fatigue is becoming very real, and with more on the horizon, it is time to take action. Here are three tips that will help you improve your overall experience:

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Pride 2020: The Parades are Virtual, But the Spirit is Real!

June is Pride Month, and like everything else in the age of COVID-19, we are celebrating a little differently than we usually do. Instead of attending a parade, or enjoying a festival with several thousand of your closest friends, celebrations this year have been postponed or moved to the virtual realm. Just three months ago, the idea that we would be watching a screen instead of being in a sea of revelers was unthinkable, but this is the reality we all live in. Yet, even with the limitations, Pride Month 2020 is more welcome, and relevant, than it has ever been before.

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Remote Work is Here to Stay: What Changes to Expect and How It May Impact Your Job Search

In just a few days in March 2020, working remotely became a reality for tens of millions of employees around the world. Companies that had been debating whether to allow employees to work from home suddenly had little choice due to Coronavirus. Nearly overnight, 62% of employed workers were remote, doubling the remote workforce almost instantly.

Now that working remotely is a larger part of the employment landscape, how will it impact the future of work? Below we preview some likely possibilities:

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How to Turn Negative Interview Questions Into a Positive

One of the keys to a successful job interview is to keep things positive. You have a limited amount of time to impress your Hiring Manager and want to keep the conversation focused on why you’re the right person for the job. One way to stay away from negativity is to frame your answers in a positive way, turning a potential weakness into a strength. To do this, you can anticipate certain questions and be prepared for them. If you think you’ll be asked, you probably will. Here are three likely questions you can prepare for:

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