Practice with the platform you’ll be using
If you don’t have much experience with the virtual interview process, it can benefit you as an applicant to become familiar with the platform your interviewer will be using to meet with you. Possible videoconferencing platforms include Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams.
If you’re not familiar with your interviewer’s platform, create an account and practice by conducting a call with a friend or family member. Conducting a practice call will help you understand how the platform works and how best to present yourself.
If you’re nervous about what you’ll say during your interview, you may be tempted to rehearse a scripted speech detailing your credentials and experience. While it’s helpful to practice certain parts of what you would like to say, it isn’t good to sit on a virtual call and monologue for an extended period.
Focus on engaging with your interviewer, asking questions and practicing active listening. By focusing more on developing a worthwhile conversation and less on listing your credentials from a script, you can build a deeper connection with your interviewer.
Ask thoughtful questions
One way to make a conversation more engaging is to ask thoughtful questions. Engaging with the hiring manager this way can help you demonstrate interest in both your interviewer and the company they work for. Also, the ability to ask questions is a valuable communication skill for resumés of all types.
Examples of thoughtful questions you can pose include:
- What is your top priority when hiring for this position?
- What are milestones you’d like to see for the first 100 days in this position?
- How would you describe your company culture?
- What challenges does your team currently face?
These questions show that you’re thinking critically about the information in front of you and that you’re interested in learning more about the company.
Stay engaged afterward
Candidates should promptly and thoughtfully respond to all communications employers send after remote interviews. Staying engaged can demonstrate strong communication skills, which are valuable for remote workers in all industries.
Staying in touch with prospective employers or recruiters can potentially help you find new career opportunities in the future, even if you’re not hired for the specific position for which you’ve applied.
Undergoing virtual interviews for open job positions is becoming more commonplace in the modern job-hunting experience. By putting your best foot forward, communicating effectively and being prepared, you can build positive connections with hiring professionals all over the country and increase potential career opportunities along the way.