As the coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, more companies are turning to technology to support internal operations for the foreseeable future. Few industries have remained untouched by the effects of this devastating virus, so it’s no surprise companies are having to re-evaluate their approach to the current staffing needs. While some employers are exercising extreme caution by haulting hiring altogether, others have opted to continue to hire in an effort to maintain operations.
With new policies encouraging “social distancing” to aid in containing the virus, companies have begun the process of shifting to virtual methods of conducting interviews. Making the switch from in-person interviews to remote web-based interviews can be tricky, but don’t stress out! Technology Navigators is here to help guide you through the best practices for virtual interviewing.
Here are five quick pointers to help ace your next remote interview:
- Prior to your interview, come up with a short list of pertinent questions to ask the interviewer. You’ll want to really dig into what will make you successful in this role, who will be overseeing your work, and firm up the company’s expectations of this position. Remember, you’re interviewing this company to make sure it’s the best fit for you as well! If you’re looking for a prepared list of questions to ask, we’ve got you covered.
Double-Check Your Technology
- With so many people working from home at the same time, it’s going to be extra important to double-check your internet connection prior to your interview. Make sure the internet reception is strong and that your cell phone is charged, should you need it for this step in the process.
- On that note, go ahead and open up the virtual interviewing platform your interviewer has specified. That way, if you’re having trouble connecting to Skype, WebEx, WeChat, or similar product, you’ll have time to let the other party know which will cut down on unnecessary confusion.
Dress the Part
- It’s time to change out of your pajamas now! Dressing for success is critical during any interview, so make sure your attire is appropriate for the role you’re applying for. It’s also a good idea to clear any clutter around you that may be visible in your webcam.
- Close doors and mute your cell phone when possible to cut down on unnecessary noises and distractions. It’s also helpful to turn off any surrounding televisions or radios to ensure the communication is crisp during your online interview.
Remember to Smile!
- This is your time to convey your excitement about joining the company’s growing team! Be sure to smile, make eye contact, and let your enthusiasm shine through.