The Virtual Interview
Let’s face it, the “new” interview process is virtual.
During the pandemic, we’ve seen many practices using Zoom, Webex, FaceTime and other platforms to conduct interviews when a face to face interview hasn’t been feasible. This has been a great way for practices to continue to move the hiring process forward. While we’re all getting more comfortable using these digital formats by now, here are a few tips to ensure you master your virtual interview!
Understand the Digital Platform
Make sure you understand the technology the practice plans to use before your interview (Zoom, Webex, Skype, FaceTime, etc.).
- Download and install the application on your computer and create a login and password
- Login to the application and get comfortable with the features
- Confirm your WiFi connection
- Test your camera and microphone to make sure everything works
- Consider a test run with a friend or colleague
Present Yourself Professionally
Treat the virtual interview the same as if you were meeting in person. Keep in mind you’ll want to look professional, but your background setting is important too!
- Dress professionally and wear neutral colors
- Style hair in professional matter
- Use a neutral background – with natural elements such as plants or minimal decor
- Station yourself in a well-lit room, preferably with natural light so the interviewer can see your face
- Set up in a quiet space with minimal background noise and minimize distractions (set your phone to do not disturb, pets/family/roommates should be out of the room)
- Exit out of all other applications on your computer
- Keep a notepad and pen close so you can jot down important information (and avoid distraction of typing notes on your computer)
During Your Interview
Even if you aren’t comfortable on camera, try your best to treat the interview as if you were meeting face to face – convey confidence!
- Look directly into the camera instead of the screen – this makes it look as if you are making eye contact with the interviewer
- Display enthusiasm– it can be tough to express energy through a screen, but by fluctuating the tone of your voice and using facial expressions, nodding and using positive body language, you can portray your confidence and excitement
- Prepare thoughtful questions and make sure to express your interest in the job
- End the interview by thanking the interviewer for his/her time and asking the interviewer to reach out to you with any additional questions/next steps
- Make sure to send a follow up email thanking them again for their time
- If you are interested in proceeding to the next step, let them know! This is a good time to express your enthusiasm again, and ask any follow up questions that may have come up
- If you are certain you do not want to proceed to the next step, let them know; employers appreciate the honesty