The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in an entire new way to do business. Today, we are more likely than ever to find employers who conduct virtual job interviews, host online job fairs, and hire people to work from home. And that can be a great thing for someone who values a healthy balanced between work and life.
So how do you land one of those telecommuting jobs? It often begins with a virtual job interview process. Of course, knocking the interview out of the ballpark is the key to receiving a job offer. And that sounds simple. While there are some conveniences to a remote hiring process, you also have some unique considerations.
Today, we will look at helpful hints that will help you grab one of the many telecommuting opportunities available in today’s remote workforce.
How to Succeed in the Realm of the Virtual Job Interview
Employment experts agree. Despite the more relaxed home atmosphere, job applicants must still impress the interviewer during a virtual job fair. We share their best tips.
1 – Dress to impress and find success.
Regardless of being at home for your virtual job interview, you must impress the hiring agent. Sure, you might be dressed on the top in your finest blouse or shirt and tie. But don’t make the faux pas of standing up to reveal your pajamas or undies. Career counselors advise that you dress top to bottom to avoid such an embarrassment.
Remember, also, to dress for the job that you want. Not every position requires a suit and tie. If you are looking to be an online banker, business dressy is obligatory. But for a more business casual environment, then that’s the tone to set.
At all times, clothing, hair, and makeup should be tasteful, neat, and in accordance with the company’s culture.
2 – Update your resume in advance of your virtual job interview.
You do not want to fidget and click through making corrections or changes to your resume during this important meeting. Be sure any updates that may have occurred between resume submission and the day of your appointment are ready to share in advance.
A good rule of thumb is this. If you would not fuss over your resume at an in-person meeting, then you should not do so virtually.
3 – Perform a tech check in advance of the online job fair.
This area is where things begin to get a little sticky for those who are new to the virtual job interview process. You will become flustered quickly if you encounter tech glitches. If you are unable to log in, you might even miss out altogether on a great opportunity.
So the day before your meeting, ensure that you have everything you need in place from a technology standpoint. This preparedness empowers you to correct any minor hiccups before the big day.
Mic, camera, and speaker check
Check your microphone and speaker to make sure you can be seen and heard. Additionally, you want to make sure that you can hear clearly.
Set up a quiet, clean space
Additionally, you want to ensure that you have a private, quiet spot with a distraction-free background. The day before your interview, arrange for pet or childcare for an hour. Interviewers may assume that your home is chaotic (even if that’s untrue) and pass over your chance for a work-from-home opportunity.
Likewise for your backdrop. Declutter the room from which you will interview and work. This step both protects your privacy and eliminates the chance of the interview mischaracterizing your ability to take care of details.
If you don’t have a dedicated space, find an attractive but businesslike virtual background to use. Stick with a professional looking office over a travel scene or personal pictures.
Good lighting is essential
Arrange adequate lighting to illuminate your face from the front. Both overhead lighting and lights places behind you usually create shadows that become distracting to the interviewer at best and unflattering to you at the worst.
Final Thoughts on Knocking Your Virtual Job Interview Out of the Ball Park
Treat the online hiring process with the same level of gravity that you would treat a face-to-face meeting. One is no more important or less significant than the other—this meeting could be the launch of a whole new career for you. And nailing the virtual job interview is fundamental to success.