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Top Tips on Smashing a Virtual Interview

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As businesses are embracing the 'new normal' way of working from home they are also beginning to re-establish their recruitment processes and conducting virtual interviews in line with the government guidelines. 

If you are in the processes of finding your dream role there is a high chance that at least one of your interviews will be virtual. Benchmark want to provide you with the top tips on how to get prepared and smash your virtual interview.

Device, Power and Connection

Although it may seem pretty obvious, make sure you have your device all set up and working before the interview. Whether it be a laptop, tablet or phone make sure it is all in working order. Whichever device you have decided to use, make sure there is plenty of charge. You don't want the interview getting cut short due to 2% battery!

Another thing to consider when choosing your device is the steadiness. Be sure to prop your phone/tablet up against something sturdy for the duration of the interview, moving about might not only make the interviewer sea sick but it also might go against you during the interview.

Connection is key. You need to make sure you have a strong WIFI or phone connection as you don’t want to be constantly freezing/buffering during your interview.

Lighting and Surroundings

You want to make sure your lighting and camera quality is on point. What is the point in a virtual interview if the interviewer can’t see you. A well-lit room, whether it be natural light or from a lamp is perfect. Make sure your background is appropriate too, you don’t want to be attending the interview with a pile of ironing behind you as it doesn’t give off the right impression. A plain wall or bookcase is the perfect setting.

Distractions

We have all seen the news interviews when the kids, partner or pet intrude on the broadcast. As much as it is entertaining for us, it’s not exactly professional. Make sure you are in a quiet room with no distractions. If you are living with people let them know that you are going to be busy for as long as the interview is scheduled so that you are not to be disturbed and distracted.

Platform

Again, an obvious one – make sure that you and the interviewer have decided on the call platform on which the interview will take place. Ensure you have all necessary access codes and that all email addresses/numbers are correct.

Pause

When speaking, you may have to account for delays so be sure to pause and wait for the interviewer to stop speaking before you begin. You don’t want an hour of talking over each other due to sound delays.

Enjoy it

Most importantly, enjoy the interview. No one is going to have the perfect interview, we are all still adapting to this virtual world and need to bear in mind that some technical hiccups could be out of our hands.

If you are on the lookout for a new challenge get in touch with the team for advice or help.