As offices continue to remain shut and many organizations declaring work from home indefinitely, virtual hiring for various roles has become a new reality. Just as employees adopt the concept of ‘work from anywhere’, virtual hiring is getting mainstream acceptance by many organizations, globally. In fact, according to recent data shared by Indeed, is quite encouraging- more than 1250 employers have hosted over 3700 virtual hiring events with their portal. This new trend of hiring which seems to be growing certainly calls for new ways to prepare for your virtual interview.
Here are some of our recommendations on how to show up differently for your virtual interview:
Test your technology: Test
your equipment before the call. Ensure you do not use conferencing
tools that produces grainy visuals and muffled audio. It might
be worth your while investing in a good webcam or microphone
and secure internet.
Professional virtual identity: Many
of us have several online identities and often these sync up if you are
using the same machine for your social media interactions.
You might therefore want to choose a profile that is professional in
nature, displaying a professional photograph as well.
- Dress for success: Often when you use
video technology, you tend
to switch off your camera. In the case of virtual interviews, etiquette
demands that the camera should be turned on so that the interviewer can
see you. It is therefore important to dress-up formally for the
interview. You might be in your pajamas foremost
part of the day but for the virtual interview it is important to dress
Rid yourself of distractions: Tuning
off distractions should be part of the interview etiquette in the
virtual world. This would entail
switching off the television, not getting distracted with YouTube on
your machine and putting your phone on silent mode. This would need you
to also isolate yourself in a room and schedule the call when you do not
Practice your answers: Like
every other physical interview, practice answers to commonly asked
questions such as why you are leaving
your job, salary expectations, your strengths and weaknesses, your
achievements in your current role and why you should be hired.