In the heat of campus recruiting season, we’re here to teach you a few tips and tricks that will help you stand out in an interview process even over a screen! Keep reading to find out…
Standing Out to Recruiters…
- Prepare: Prepare for interview questions normally, as you would for any other interview. Practice interviewing and answering questions in front of the camera before your virtual interview and make sure that the recruiter your speaking to understands that you value their time just as you would any other day or year.
- Technology test: Test your technology prior to your interview. Make sure your webcam and microphone are working properly. Double-check your wifi connection as well! Completing these tasks before your interview is necessary so you don’t have any technology mishaps right before or during the conversation. Securing your technology environment prior to initiating your chat will play into your overall preparation and help an interviewer to not only recognize your technical competency but dedication to the role.
- Body Language and Virtual Eye Contact: It is super easy to forget how visible your body language and eye contact is when there is a screen barrier between you and any person your talking to. However, remember that interviewers can still see if you’re distracted, looking at your phone, checking the time, or otherwise directing attention away from the conversation. Make sure to smile, sit up straight, and maintain eye contact with your interviewer!
- Dress for success! Even though only your top half will likely be visible on the screen, dressing professionally in a head to toe outfit will help you mentally charge up as you would for an in-person interview. In order to make everything feel as “normal” as possible, mirroring normal actions like interview wear is a great key to mental preparation.
It’s so important to remember that you are not alone in our industry’s overall adaptation to the virtual interview format. However, becoming stuck in what’s changed will only cloud your mindset and clarity. So make sure to follow our tips to mimic a “normal” environment as much as possible and set yourself up for success!
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