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5 Virtual Interview Tips For Job Seekers

First of all, congratulations on landing the interview! Whether it’s your dream position or you’re just getting to know the company, the hard part is over. Now it’s time to prepare for something you’re maybe not used to- a virtual interview! Here are 5 tips to get prepare.

1) Standard Rules Still Apply

Your attire for your Zoom interview should be the same as an in-person interview.  You’ll be in a more professional headspace if you go into the interview fully outfitted!

2) Test Your Tech

A good practice is to do a test run with a friend. You may find that you still need to install Zoom on your computer or that your mic is not configured correctly. Stay calm if your tech is not working and follow these tried-and-true tips:

  • Move closer to your router if your connection is spotty (and try not to give a tour of your messy house while doing so).
  • Always assume your camera is on, even when you know you turned it off.
  • Check to make sure your speakers and mic are turned on if you’re having audio problems.
  • Use the chat feature to inform the interviewer that you can’t hear them.

3) The Setup

Here are 3 things to consider when you’re deciding your background and computer setup.

  • Laptop placement: How you’re framed is very important.
  • Your frame in the shot: If you follow the above, your body should be be positioned correctly in the shot, with the top of your head at the top of the frame and the middle of your chest at the bottom.
  • Lighting: Whatever your light source, make sure it’s in front of you.

4) Check the Time Zone

Interviewing  for remote work? Your would-be New Jersey employer may well have forgotten the time difference in California when he set up the call.

5) Make a Cheat Sheet

Remember that the interviewer can’t see what’s not on camera, so use your interview space to your advantage. Stick a Post-It Note cheat sheet with notes, questions, or needed inspiration directly to the screen or to the wall behind your camera.

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