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Interviewing – Virtually?

Written by: Amber Trail, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise

You’ve bought the right outfit. You’ve got your hair done. You’ve practiced your answers and you are ready to nail that interview. Except instead of meeting the interviewer in person, you’re meeting them via a computer, phone, tablet, etc. Strange, right? Alas though, virtual interviews have now become the new normal today.

So, the good news in all of this is that there is a golden rule with virtual-anything, pants are optional! No, really, they are. Although, as an HR professional, I still encourage you to wear pants or a skirt or dress for an interview. While COVID has created serious chaos in the world, there is one thing for certain - we can still do what we do, but it just has to be adjusted. Interviews are one of those things.

Since meeting in person wearing a mask and having to keep 6 feet of distance doesn’t sound so appealing, more and more companies are conducting interviews virtually through platforms such as Zoom (what a year for them!). From an avid recruiter to you, the reader, I wanted to give you a few tips if you plan on interviewing virtually in the near future.

Let’s set you up for success, even if you aren’t shaking hands with your potential employer in person.

1. Timing. Timing is everything. Especially if you have kids at home. Try to schedule your interview when you have someone else to watch those little ones or a time when you know you will have a guaranteed one to two hours of uninterrupted time.

2. Distractions. Try to reduce the distractions by shutting off your phone, staying in a room away from windows and preferably a room that has a door that can shut and lock if necessary.