The adrenaline rush one feels when they've received an invite for a virtual interview with a job they're excited about is unmatched. The next step is acing the interview! Let's say you've done in-person interviews countless times, but this is your first-ever virtual interview. Today, virtual interviews are becoming increasingly common. In fact, according to a survey, nearly 70 percent of executives use real-time video for interviewing leading candidates. As a crash course, here are a few tips to help you increase your chances of getting hired.

PREPARE YOURSELF 

A big no-no is waiting until the interview starts to begin looking for answers to common interview questions. Likely this will make you appear unfocused and unprepared. So before the interview, be sure to research the company and write down notes. Also, print out a copy of your resume to help guide you through key talking points. 

Some common interview questions to prepare for include: "Why are you interested in this position?" and "What is a challenge you had at work?" and as a follow-up, "How did you deal with it?" 

Try not to memorize each response, or otherwise, your answers will begin to sound scripted. Instead, jot down specific items you want to make mention of on Post-it Notes. 

TEST YOUR TECHNOLOGY

It's crucial to make sure your technology, such as your computer, internet connectivity, microphone, and webcam are working properly before the day of the virtual interview. If not, you could risk having technical difficulties, which could end up causing the employer to reschedule the interview or no longer considering you as a candidate altogether. 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Just because the interview is virtual doesn't mean you shouldn't dress the part. Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Wear a button-up shirt, blazer, and chinos, or consider wearing a dress or skirt and blouse. Dressing professionally will show that you're serious about the job plus, it helps you feel more authoritative while interviewing.  

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW-UP

Your candidacy for the position doesn't stop at the interview. Please don't wait for the potential employer to contact you; instead, send an immediate email no more than 24 hours afterward to your interviewer and thank them for their time. And let them know you're looking forward to hearing from them! 

If you follow these simple tips to master the virtual interview, you'll be one step closer to being hired.


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