Tips for Acing a Virtual Job Interview
As with a regular interview, don’t go into it empty handed! You may be hidden behind a screen but your knowledge and confidence are significant. Double check and see if there was anything you needed to complete prior to the interview, often a quick survey or online test may be completed.
Research the company and position you are applying for; being unaware may make you seem aloof or disinterested. Pay attention to any details you want to find out more about, such as the company origins or specific policies as this may not only impress employers, but also help you in your own decisions about a role.
Know the requirements for your role and whether you fit them – if there are grey areas, prepare points to argue in your favour. Preparing answers for questions is a good way to feel confident and ensure you say all the necessary points. As it is a virtual interview, you could even have points written down in front of you to ensure you don’t miss anything, just try to avoid reading off a script.
Check out BMR Solution’s blog for a variety of guides to different engineering jobs. Each guide highlights the day to day activities and responsibilities of the roles, as well as necessary experience or education, helping you to decipher what employers may want to know.
Do a technical run-through
To make sure your internet can handle a video call or that you have set up your account properly, perform a technical run-through. Although employers are unlikely to judge if anything does go wrong (these things can’t always be helped), it is good to present yourself as prepared and competent.
Get a friend or family to do a trial with you, they won’t judge, but they will likely be honest if things aren’t right. Being assured that your virtual job interview will run smoothly will no doubt give you some more confidence.