2. Record yourself for virtual interviews
With most businesses still maintaining work-from-home practices, it’s likely your interview will be virtual. While you may quiver at the knees at the thought of conducting an interview online, this is actually an amazing opportunity.
The thing is, other jobseekers also aren’t used to conducting virtual interviews either — which means, if you prepare and improve, you can differentiate yourself once again from the pack.
The right way to prepare for a virtual interview starts from the basics. Universal interview etiquette is still important, such as dressing well and making sure you’re present on time, while there are also virtual-interview-specific needs, such as making sure the room is quiet so you won’t be disturbed for that block of interview time. (This can be tricky if you have kids at home!)
Most importantly, if you’ve never done a virtual interview before, it’s essential to practise. Run through each difficult question (like ‘What are your greatest weaknesses?’ and ‘Can you tell me about a time you failed?’) several times so you’re confident.
Online interviews also exhibit unique challenges. Make sure you test your computer for volume, connection, microphone, video camera, and any other necessary technology. Another underrated challenge of the virtual interview is how it can be extremely easy to forget to make eye contact.
For a virtual interview, you have to pretty much make excessive eye contact with one spot on your screen during the whole interview. This can feel awkward, not least because it feels like you’re breaking social norms by staring too much at the other person, but it’s important to remember that (with your head taking up almost the whole screen) everything you do with your eyes will be magnified.
Ultimately, you can make the virtual interview process feel a lot easier and more natural by recording yourself to see how you look on video. Yes, seeing yourself on camera is one of life’s greatest torments, but if you land your dream job because of all this preparation, are you really still going to complain?