A Guide to Virtual Job Interviewing

By Ignite Career Center 

There are so many options for employers to conduct online interviews in today’s market. Zoom, Google Meets, Skype, and Microsoft Teams are some of the new technology platforms that organizations are utilizing for all phases of interviews.

Even before the onset of Coronavirus, social distancing, and mandates requiring remote work environments, virtual meetings were beginning to gain popularity because they save employers (and candidates) time and money related to travel expenses. Now, as the pandemic continues to impact business operations, video job interviews have virtually (pun intended) become the norm.

While many of the “rules” for virtual interviewing are the same as those for face-to-face interviews, there are some important differences to keep in mind as you prepare. 

  1. Test out and become familiar with the technology before the scheduled interview. Make sure everything is working, you know how to change various settings, and your background looks professional.  
  2. Pick a quiet, distraction free spot where the interviewer can hear you and not your dog barking! Also, make sure your children know you cannot be disturbed during the interview by posting a sign on a closed door.
  3. Dress appropriately, just as you would for an in-person interview. Make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle free and that you also wear professional pants or a skirt, even if you don’t think it will be seen in the screen.  
  4. Prepare answers to common interviewing questions and create questions for the interviewer as well. Always research the company before the interview, so you can build rapport with the interviewer and show your interest  

Our culture has embraced technology so not only is it best to jump onboard, but right now it is essential. Ensuring these strategies are in place will help you make a lasting impression!

For more tips from the JCS Career Center on interviewing see these ‘Life@Work’ blogs on the Jmore Living site:

What Does ‘Preparing for the Interview’ Mean?

Six Mistakes to Avoid in Job Interview Situations

Whether you are new to the job market or a seasoned professional, the Ignite Career Centera program of Jewish Community Services, can help you go farther and get there faster.  Our highly experienced Career Coaches provide individuals of all backgrounds and abilities with the customized services and tools they need to stand out from the competition.  For information, call 410-466-9200 or contact us through our website.  

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