How to Ace Your Nxt Virtual Interview

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

With the uncertainties surrounding returning to normalcy due to COVID, many businesses are taking the future into their own hands.

Instead of the traditional interviewing process, a virtual event is now the standard policy at most companies. When you arrive prepared for the conversation, your efforts will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Acing your next virtual interview starts by making your own luck with these helpful tips.

"I have only done in person interviews and I get nervous when I have to speak publically"

Crucial Virtual Interview Tips to Implement

1. Test Your Technology

The last thing you need is a tech meltdown when you need to request access to a meeting. Instead of leaving everything to automatic downloads and installations, replicate the login process the morning before your interview. If an update needs to happen, you can get it out of the way so that your interview starts on time.

It helps to ask ahead to determine what software or platform you need. Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams tend to be the most popular choices.

2. Keep Your Virtual Identity Professional

Acing your virtual interview means understanding what it takes to offer a confident digital handshake. You’ll want to make eye contact with the camera, prepare a strong introduction about yourself, and focus on the first impression.

People will look at your background while you talk. If it seems messy or disorganized, there could be second thoughts about your application.

3. Dress for Success

Don’t let yourself get caught on camera wearing stunning clothing on top and pajamas (or worse) below! Treat your virtual job interview as if it were any other. It helps to match your appearance to the expected dress code that a company uses. Try to find this information online or by speaking with current employees.

If you can’t find a specific policy, look at the pictures the company posts on their website or social media pages. When you prepare for the interview, meet or exceed those images.

Before you request to join the interview, do one final check of your clothing. You’re looking for pet hair, snags, holes, or stains that could send the wrong message.

4. Create a Set

People will look at your background while you talk. If it seems messy or disorganized, there could be second thoughts about your application.

If you don’t have time to clean up your area before the interview, most programs offer a virtual background option. Tools like Canva let you create custom ones for free.

5. Monitor Your Body Language

Let your body language communicate how excited you are about this opportunity. When you see open and honest visually, those elements transition to your answers. If you get feedback, embrace it! Any comments will make you a better candidate, even if it is for another job.

What does positive body language look like during a virtual interview?

  • Use hand gestures when speaking.

  • Offer a genuine smile and appropriate nods to indicate listening or agreement.

  • Avoid rapid blinking.

  • Take notes during the interview to demonstrate engagement.

6. Rid Yourself of Distractions

It can be cute to have your kids or pets crash the interview. The hiring manager might also see it as an example of your lack of organization.

When it is time for your interview, find a quiet place in your home. Close and lock the door, if possible. It even helps to close the windows to reduce noise interference issues during your meeting.

7. Practice Answers to Common Interview Questions

This tip works for all interviews! When you have an expected question come your way, your confident response can make a positive impression during the meeting. Here are some examples to consider reviewing

  • What is your greatest strength?

  • What do you see as your weakness?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • Why is there an employment gap listed in your application?

  • How did you handle a challenging situation at a previous job?

  • What is your motivation?

8. Don’t Forget to Follow Up!

Although COVID rules might not allow a thank you card, you can still send an appreciative email. If you receive a timeline for an answer, wait 24 hours after the deadline expires to follow up for a response. Try to send a minimum of two lines of text to each person involved in the interview.

Anyone can ace their virtual interview with enough practice and research. Although you may not get a job offer, your persistence will eventually lead you to that outcome!

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