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Prep Like a Pro: 5 Tips to Help You Ace Your Next Virtual Job Interview


Remote job interviews can be stressful for people who aren’t used to communicating on camera. If you have an upcoming remote job interview, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare for it. Here are five tips to help you ace your next virtual job interview.

1. Become familiar with the technology the interviewer will be using.

Do your research ahead of time to know what to expect when you sit for the interview. You’ll want to find out the video conferencing software you’ll be using, whether you’ll be using a webcam or a phone and the audio setup your interviewer will use.

2. Select appropriate attire and a professional background.

First impressions can make or break any opportunity. Fair or not, people often make snap judgments about you according to the way you dress. Be sure to dress professionally for your virtual interview. Traditional business attire is recommended in most cases. However, you may have more flexibility in clothing style than you would if you were conducting an in-person interview.

3. Research the company and its culture.

What kind of culture does the company have? What is their corporate philosophy? How flexible is the environment? What is the dress code?

These are all critical questions to ask to get a feel for the company and determine if it’s the right fit for you. Even if you think you’ve found the right company, it’s essential to research it to ensure that you’ve chosen the best match for your skills and interests.

4. Prepare questions in advance and take notes during the interview.

Develop a list of general interview questions you’d want to ask regardless of the position you’re applying for. Examples of good questions to ask during an interview include: What are the responsibilities of this role? Does this position have growth potential? Make sure you set aside ample time to think of questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview.

5. Prepare a job interview follow-up strategy.

Be sure to send a thank you note to all parties involved in the interview. It’s important to express gratitude for taking the time to speak with you and highlight any positive aspects of the interview you noticed. You may also want to follow up with your interviewers later to let them know how your job search is progressing or to ask questions about other opportunities that may be available.

Thirty-three percent of companies rely on virtual interviews to vet candidates. Remote job interviews offer a convenient way for recruiters to interview job candidates. Apply these tips to help you prepare for your next virtual interview.

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