Virtual interviews are the new normal, so making sure you’re prepared for this different interview format. Luckily, we at BGSF are experts at how to knock an interview out of the park! So, here are five do’s and (definitely) do not’s that will hopefully give you the leg up you need.
- Show up on time. This is one of the easiest ways to start off on the right foot in an interview and is a great way to show you are reliable and punctual.
- Test your technology. With virtual interviews, it is important to make sure your camera, microphone, and internet connection are in working order before the interview starts. This way, you can avoid interruptions and keep the focus on you!
- Limit distractions. One of the best pieces of advice for virtual interviews is to treat it like it is an in-person interview. That means setting up where you won’t have any disruptions from other people and where there is a simple and professional-looking background. It will help you and the interviewer stay on track.
- Be yourself! Companies aren’t looking for the perfect employee, they are looking for employees who can contribute something unique to the company and culture. So, showcase your best sides and let the real you shine.
- Follow up. Within 24 hours of the interview, call or email the interviewer to thank them for the opportunity and give them the chance to ask additional questions. Even a message on LinkedIn can help you keep your name on the front of their minds and at the top of the pile.
- Wear your pajamas. Or, anything you would typically wear to lounge around the house. It sounds silly, but we’ve seen it happen! Wear business professional clothes and make sure your hair is neat; appearances are a simple way to show you are serious about the job.
- Forget to prepare. Do your research on the company culture, clients, competitors, and the industry they operate in. This way you know how you can contribute to the company as a whole and you are ready to answer any questions the interviewer throws your way.
- Use your cell phone during the interview. In fact, turn it off or put it in another room altogether. Don’t let it be the reason the interviewer thinks you aren’t as committed as you are.
- Talk down on your previous employer or coworkers. Building rapport with potential employers involves showing you have a workable relationship with those you’ve worked within the past. If you can bring a positive reference from your previous place of work, that’s even better!
- Lie or misrepresent yourself. A good interviewer will see through any attempts to sound better or more qualified than you actually are. Honesty is the best policy and you have so much to offer without adding anything fake.
Now that you have five of some of the most common do’s and do not’s, you are ready to hit the ground running. And remember, you are the only you in the world—get out there and show them what you can do!
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