Today’s guest post comes from the team at JobsTherapy.com Content Staff.
A judge in Miami made national news in April when he reminded lawyers using Zoom to appear virtually before the court that they still had to wear pants. Clearly, some people have become a little too comfortable working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 has forced many companies to begin interviewing job candidates virtually, and while the typical interview questions remain the same, the shift away from in-person interviews presents a challenge for both job applicants and hiring managers.
Below are tips from the online job board Glassdoor and the technology-solutions provider ezTalks on how to ace your virtual job interview. The tips are relevant for job applicants in any industry, including physical and occupational therapists.
● Look the part – It’s important to look your best for any job interview, so wear professional attire and don’t appear to have just woken up. Men should take the time to shave, and both men and women should make sure they don’t have bed head, according to ezTalks. In short, wear the same kind of professional outfit you would wear to an in-person interview.
● Find a clean, quiet setting – Choose a quiet, clean space with good lighting for your interview, a place free of distractions from family members, pets and outside noise, according to Glassdoor. The setting you choose is a glimpse into your personal life, so make sure it’s clean and makes the right first impression. Be sure there’s enough light for the interviewer to see you clearly, which promotes better communication.
● Test your technology beforehand – Test vital tech aspects such as your Internet connection, camera, speakers and video-conferencing platforms to confirm they’re all working properly, EzTalks said. Employers want to hire people who do their due diligence and are technologically savvy, so don’t wait until the time of the call to make sure the interviewer will be able to hear you.