In our increasingly digitalized world, more and more interviews are happening virtually. However, virtual interviews are no different than in-person interviews, and it’s essential to prepare for them accordingly. In this blog, we discuss some must-know virtual etiquette tips for your next virtual interview. Check out our recommendations below:
Dress in proper attire.
Just because you won’t physically be seeing the interviewer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress the part. Dressing for success is just as important for a virtual interview, no matter how silly it may seem. In fact, because you’ll have to make a strong impression via video, it’s even more crucial to present yourself in the most professional and polished way possible. In addition to perception and first impressions, dressing appropriately will help you feel more confident going into the interview!
Show up in advance.
While it may be tempting to wait until the last minute to get on your computer for an interview, it’s far better to show up to the interview platform at least 15 minutes in advance. If you happen to encounter any technical difficulties, this can result in your interview starting late and getting off on a rocky start. Just as you would show up a few minutes early to an in-person interview, get yourself situated and logged into the interview link or portal provided by the employer. Being on time will show the interviewer you’re serious about the job opportunity and respect their time.
Stay focused and engaged.
Though it may sound obvious, making a point to stay fully focused and engaged during the interview is key. Because it’s very easy to get distracted when interviewing over a computer screen, you must make a greater effort to actively listen to the interviewer, demonstrate strong eye contact, and express positive body language. Practicing these nonverbal communication skills will demonstrate your interest to the interviewer while maintaining a professional composure throughout the entire interview.
By following these etiquette tips, you’ll be well on your way to many successful virtual interviews that ultimately result in employment!