3 Ways to Stand Out During an Online Job Interview
Scheduling a virtual interview may seem nerve-wracking, but it is actually a common occurrence these days. However, without meeting in person, it may be a challenge to truly stand out during an online job interview. On top of worrying about your answers to interview questions, you have to be concerned about how you are portrayed in a virtual setting.
Have no fear, there are a few ways you can make yourself stand out.
Check Your Internet Connection
Before you hop on a virtual interview, you should check to be sure you have everything you need in place. First, check your internet connection and ensure there won’t be any problems. A couple of days before the interview takes place you should also install any video conferencing software that you need. For example, many employers use Zoom to facilitate online interviews. Install the system and make sure you know how it works.
Double-check your microphone, webcam, and any other devices you will be using during the call as well. Things love to malfunction right before you need to use them. Making sure everything is working properly ahead of time will help avoid any awkward moments where you are talking and your headset has died.
Create a Professional Space to Interview In
Just like you have probably set up a virtual workspace by now, you should set up a professional area to interview in. Set your computer up somewhere that you can have good lighting from the front, either facing a window or a light. This will help ensure that the employer sees you in the best light, literally. Just like in-person interviews, you need to dress for the job. Make sure that you look professional and well-groomed.
You should also check your surroundings and free the space of any distractions or inappropriate items. If you have a funny piece of art in your home, it probably isn’t the best idea to have it in your interview space. It will distract the interviewer from what you are saying. Check to make sure all of your notifications are turned off too. The only thing more distracting than a random painting in the background is your phone buzzing every few minutes with Facebook and text notifications.
Have a Backup Plan in Place
Where technology is concerned it is always a good idea to have a backup plan in place. Ask the interviewer where you can reach them if the online interview platform isn’t working. You should also provide them with a phone number, email address, and other ways to contact you as well. This way, if the internet goes down or your computer dies suddenly, you can still attend the scheduled interview.
Contact The Bradley Group Today
If you are getting ready for an online job interview, working with a recruiter can be beneficial. Professional staffing agencies can help identify jobs that are a good fit for you and help prepare you for your first conversations with an employer. Learn more about how the recruiting pros at The Bradley Group can help you.