Making the right first impression during job interviews has always been important. However, it matters even more now that a lot of companies in the clinical research field have moved their interview process online. Here are some virtual interview tips that you should know to push you forward in your job search.
Be as Prepared as Possible
When preparing for a virtual interview, there is more you have to worry about compared to a more traditional interview. First and foremost, you need to make sure your technology works properly. Before the interview begins, test your internet connection, your web cam, and your audio. Test to make sure the sound is clear, and the picture quality is high. You don’t want the interviewer to have a hard time hearing or seeing you. In addition, you want to prepare your office space. Make sure your desk and surroundings look clean, organized, and professional.
Prevent Distractions and Interruptions
Participating in a virtual interview has the potential to become chaotic, especially if you have pets or kids. You want to safeguard your ability to focus by predicting and preventing distractions. To start, make sure you turn off notifications on your computer and set your phone to Do Not Disturb. If you can’t make other arrangements for childcare/pet care, choose a location in your house that is quiet and away from anyone else in your household. It also helps to communicate to your spouse, kids, roommates etc. that you are in an interview, so they know not to interrupt you.
Practice Your Delivery
In many cases, individuals communicate differently when they are in a virtual setting. They may talk softer or take more pauses, for example. It differs for everyone, so it is a good idea to practice talking on camera or doing a mock video interview. You also want to keep in mind that it can be harder for the interviewer to keep track of what you are saying because they may be dealing with their own distractions. Plus, a lot of nonverbal communication goes undetected over video. You can help the interviewer hear and understand your words by talking slowly and clearly.
For many job hunters right now, remote interviews are a new experience. Ultimately, the key to nailing a virtual interview is preparation. You can improve your ability to impress at a virtual interview by prepping your technology and interview space in advance, take measures to keep disruptions at bay, and practicing your delivery.
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