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Three Ways to Have a Successful Virtual Interview

Although virtual interviews seemed like a temporary thing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems they are here to stay. Virtual interviews add extra convenience and flexibility for candidates, but just because you're in the comfort of your own home doesn't mean that you should take them any less seriously. The impression you make during your virtual interview is important, so here are three things you can do to ensure you have a successful experience!

  1. Log on early
    When you have to drive to an in-person interview, you'd likely give yourself some extra time and arrive early. When your commute is a few steps across your home, it can be easy to push it off and end up late - not good! Get your computer set up early, make sure your WiFi is working and you have a quiet area to do the interview. Take those few extra moments to ensure you're prepared and ready to impress your interviewer.
  2. Dress the part
    Getting ready for work looks different than it used to, now that many of us are working remotely. But to make a great impression in an interview, you want to look professional. It might feel silly getting all dressed up to not leave your home, but your interviewer will recognize and appreciate the effort . This will help you stand out from other candidates and leave a lasting impression. 
  3. Prepare questions
    Just as you would with an in-person interview, you'll want to prepare some questions to ask at the end of your virtual interview. Having a list of questions about the job and company will show your interviewer you are prepared and have genuine interest. Look at the company's website and review the job description to develop a list of questions. It's also likely you will have more questions come up throughout the interview. Be sure to keep a notepad near your computer to jot down any thoughts or questions throughout the interview - your interviewer won't mind!

Virtual interviews can be tricky and sometimes feel less serious than an in-person interview, but that's not the case. It is still important to take the time to prepare, look presentable and show your interviewer you mean business! When you work with a PeopleShare recruiter, they go through an interview prep with each candidate prior to a client interview - ensuring you will put your best foot forward and hit the ground running!