At Aldrich & Co we’re delighted to be helping candidates to get virtual interview ready. So here’s our best tips to help get you there.
Line up your technology and test it
VC such as Zoom and Teams (with video turned on!), is preferable for a fully virtual meeting as it allows all attendees to be seen and it makes it much easier to know who is speaking and whether someone is itching to ask a question, as they can put their hand up.
However, it may be a good idea to have a trial run to check that everyone can access the technology and can be seen and heard.
The winning difference – research and preparation is key
Research and practice
Know your CV thoroughly, your goals, and be prepared to talk succinctly and fluently on the topic of your story. This is really worth practicing.
Check that you have your CV to hand.
Check the background and surroundings of your workspace.
If using a phone, keep it set in a stand or tripod.
Suggest a preparatory call with your consultant to run through everything you need to keep in mind to keep the meeting running smoothly.
It’s a good idea to reconfirm prior to the meeting and set an alarm on your phone.
Make sure you know who’s expected to attend the meeting or interview.
When its ‘go’ time
When the meeting starts you can see who has joined if you’re using video.
Remember body language and tone of voice are key to successful communication. Keep your personal presentation simple and appropriate. And your personal presentation simple and appropriate. keep eye contact as much as possible with your camera to show interest.
Suggest comments and questions in turn to avoid people speaking over each other. Prepare these prior to the meeting. More will crop up during the meeting. Lack of enquiry can indicate lack of interest.
In a meeting the host could summarise at the end of the call so everyone is clear.
Keep an eye on time and the agenda.
Interrupt if you can’t hear what someone is saying, either because they’re speaking softly or because of signal issues, don’t be afraid to ask them to speak more loudly or repeat what they said.
Immediately follow up
Share feedback after the meeting. Follow up with an email to thank your host.
I hope that these tips provide comfort and support to you in with your interviews. We’re always here to help so do get in touch.