8 tips to prepare for a virtual interview
Maybe you’re a pro at interviewing in-person but now you have a virtual interview. What do you do? Is it the same but over a computer screen? Some of the tips are universal regardless of whether your interview is in-person or online, but other things you may not have even considered. The following tips from our recruitment coordinators will help you prepare for your upcoming remote interview.
1. Research the company
Prior to your interview, learn as much as you can about eyeo through a variety of sources to get a full picture of “who” the company is and “what” the company does. Some good places to start are with the company website eyeo.com and official social media sites such as Linked In and Twitter.
2. Prepare questions
When you think about being interviewed, you think about preparing for the questions you will be asked. But what about your questions for them? Each interview is a chance for you to get to know eyeo better, any questions are always welcome!
3. Use notes
During your preparation you may have taken some notes and want to make sure you bring up those points in your interview. Keep these separate from the screen you are using for the interview. You can print out your CV or resume, use a notebook for handwritten notes or a separate screen. But don’t flip back and forth between windows on one screen. This can make things awkward and makes you look unprepared.
4. Test the technology
→ eyeo uses BlueJeans for our remote interview. Download BlueJeans or use the link provided for your interview to open the app from your browser ahead of time and confirm the sound and video are both working properly. If you are having any issues, contact your recruitment coordinator so they can help find a solution before your interview.
→ Confirm that your computer and headset (if using) are fully charged or plugged in to a power source. You don’t want to lose connection because one thing or the other runs out of battery.
→ Join the meeting a few minutes early. This way you can test that everything is working properly.
5. No distractions
Silence your phone and notifications for emails and direct messengers. Close out non-related tabs. Find a quiet, secluded space, free from background noise. Disconnect from everything except your interview so you can focus all of your attention.
→ Pro Tip: If you know you will be sharing the space with others while doing the interview, consider using headphones to cancel out distractions/background noise.
6. Selecting a background
Choose a simple, professional background or one that blurs out your surroundings. You want the interviewer to be able to focus on you and not what’s behind you.
7. Make eye contact
This seems easier said than done. We all fall prey to the little square at the bottom of the screen, but make sure to look at the interviewer and pay attention. You can make more direct “eye contact” by looking in the eye of your computer camera.
8. Be engaged in the conversation
Smile and nod to acknowledge the interviewer’s comments. Since they cannot read your body language like in an in-person interview, make sure to engage in the conversation as much as you can through eye contact and facial expressions.
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