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.   

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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Expert Tips for Networking Online

Networking has always been a vital aspect of your job search, and recent events have made it even more important. Studies have shown that up to 85% of all jobs are found by networking. With companies needing to fill a variety of open positions in the near future, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those around you to get a jump on these opportunities. Here are four tips for using online networking to find your next job:

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Ready to Jump Back Into the Professional World? Three Tips for Hitting the Ground Running

Looking to jump back into the job market after some time off? Whether you took an extended sabbatical or just the summer, the idea of dipping your toe back into the job pool can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you would think, especially if you do these three things:

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Networking Tips for Introverts

Does the idea of cold-calling make you break out in a cold sweat? Does the hum of a dentist’s drill seem more appealing than the sea of noise at a networking event? If you are part of the 40% of our population who consider themselves an introvert, you may not be comfortable putting yourself out there during your job search. Luckily, networking is not just for the extrovert. Here are three tips that will help introverts find their next job:

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Too Good To Be True? How to Identify Fishy Job Opportunities

Have you ever run across a job listing that was offering an unrealistic amount of money for what seems an unreasonably small amount of work? Or a job where the main requirement seems to be that you are a human being over the age of 18? While most job ads you’ll find are for real opportunities, you may run into a situation where you have questions about its legitimacy. When you are scouring the net for job opportunities, here are four red flags to keep an eye out for:

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Want The Job? Three Important Tips for a Winning Resume

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Do you have your eyes on a new job opening that’s right up your alley?  Are you looking to put together a resume that will grab the Hiring Managers attention and get your foot in the door? A winning resume is about more than just the skills and experience you have, it’s also about how you present them.  Here are three tips that will help you land that interview:

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