Career Trends: Simple tips to ace your virtual interview

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Edition: January 5th, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

Giving interviews over a voice call or a video call has now become a norm. (Image Credit: iStock)

The COVID-19 era has changed the way we do most of our day-to-day activities. It has forced us to take most of our work online, making working from home the new normal. This also means that online or virtual hiring is the new process. Virtual job interviews were also unheard of, and now, giving interviews over a voice call or a video call has become a norm.

While the aspect may be inciting to freshers, people who are already in the workforce may find it a bit difficult to adjust to the new setting.

Here are some simple tips to prepare yourself for a virtual job interview-

1. Ensure that you have a good internet connection.

  • If you’re going to give an interview online, you need to ensure that you have a good internet connection, because if your recruiter can’t hear you or see you clearly, your chances of getting hired automatically drop.
  • The recruiter might also require you to work from home and if they notice that you don’t have a stable internet connection, it could affect your evaluation.
  • Therefore, make sure to check your internet connection to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

2. Ensure you have good lighting.

  • Even if the interview is virtual, the recruiter will want to examine you closely for your expressions.
  • If they’re not able to properly see you, it might negatively affect your application.
  • A good lighting would also ensure that your points are conveyed effectively through gesture and non-verbal cues.
  • Lastly, good lighting leaves an impression on your recruiter as they see you’ve come well prepared.

3. Dress for the job you want.

  • Just because the interview is online doesn’t mean you can forget office etiquette; you still have to look presentable for the job.
  • Dressing up for the job will also leave a positive impression on the recruiter because you’d look prepared to take on the job.
  • Recruiters might also view you as lazy or lethargic if you’re not dressed appropriately.

4. Do not forget background etiquette.

  • Background etiquette is unique in working online, but it plays an important role in determining how you’re viewed by your recruiter.
  • Try to have a plain background that is not loud.
  • A lot of virtual conferencing applications allow you to change or blur your backgrounds, which can be used if you don’t have access to a decent background.

5. Be mindful of your body language.

  • Recruiters can still judge your body language through a screen.
  • If you’re fidgeting too much or don’t portray confidence, the recruiter might lose interest in you.
  • Don’t slouch over the screen as it can appear very unappealing to the person on the other side of the screen.
  • Sit upright and try to maintain eye level with the camera and do not forget to smile!


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