You’ve probably done plenty of in-person job interviews, but with today’s ever-changing world, more and more things are going virtual. Whether it be a matter of distance, employer preference or say for instance, a pandemic, more and more employers are incorporating a virtual job interview in their hiring process. 

I want you to know exactly what to do, so here’s 4 tips to help you make a great impression on your next virtual interview! 

1. Dress professionally.

It may be tempting to dress down when you know you’re just going to be at home, but resist the urge! Hiring managers are still looking for professional attire so dress as if you were strutting into the interview face to face. For the camera though-be sure to avoid wearing white because it does not show well on video. Instead,  wear bright, solid colors. 

2. Test everything.

Test, test and test again! Technical difficulties are the worst and can be the quickest way to get you off your game instantaneously. Although this is not always within your control, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk. 

3. Know where your camera is!

This may seem like “Captain Obvious”, but so many people look at their screen and think they are looking at the camera. So, take the time to know exactly where to look. If you look at the screen in the wrong spot, your interviewer will just see you looking downward. That’s not what you want! Try using a little sticky note right next to your device’s camera that says “Look Here!”

4. Be conversational and personable.

I know it’s easier said than done, but pretend as if you are in the same room with them and make the interview like a conversation instead of a boring monologue. That means using inflection in your voice, show a small amount of hand gestures, pause for emphasis and smile. Do those 4 things and the interviewer will feel like they are talking to a real person. And real people get hired.

BONUS TIP:  Pay attention to your background. Yes, your background matters! Make sure your background is clean and clear. Do not sit if front of dilapidated bookshelves or in front of the kitchen sink.Having a clean and clear background that does not clash or blend in with your clothing helps to minimize visual distractions. Next, check your lighting and make sure you can be seen well. Looking dark in your virtual environment does not come across as professional and does not show you in the best image.

As you can see, there is a bit of pre-planning that needs to happen when you get that call for a virtual interview. It’s more than just answering the questions. Take time to focus on these 4 key tips so you can rest assured that you put your best foot forward and that the impression you make will lead to a job offer.

At the end of the day, you’ve got this! Interviews can be very intimidating, but preparation is key. Taking the time to implement these 4 tips will leave you feeling more prepared and less nervous going into your virtual interview so that you can leave a lasting impression that will land you that dream job. You’re going to kill it! 

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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