MENLO PARK, CA—OK, so you want a virtual office job. You’ve been applying all over the country and you have three video interviews scheduled. Congratulations! Now, how do you make a good impression on your virtual office video interview?
In yesterday’s post, we established that 63 percent of human resources managers in an OfficeTeam survey said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. So it’s quite possible, especially if you are applying for a virtual office job, that you may be asked to do a video interview.
Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, says there are special considerations when meeting via video: “You need to not only be prepared to say the right things but also make sure you and your surroundings appear professional on camera.”
This is especially true for virtual office workers, who may have just this one chance to show that they work in a professional, productive environment. So what’s a virtual office worker to do to prepare for a video interview? OfficeTeam has some tips:
Test the technology. Familiarize yourself with the video tools and functionality in advance to troubleshoot issues. Also, if your computer is prone to problems, consider having a backup on hand. (At Davinci Virtual, we believe you should test it with a friend and let them give you feedback on the appearance of you and your virtual office.)
Choose the right location. Conduct the meeting in an area with good lighting that’s free of distractions or anything within view that could be perceived as unprofessional. Beware of things like windows in the background, which can cast dark shadows, or barking dogs that may make it difficult to hear. (At Davinci Virtual, we stress the importance of no crying babies or barking dogs that may make your virtual office seem like a less productive environment.)
Suit up. Dress and groom the way you would for a face-to-face interview, and don’t assume you’ll only be visible from the waist up. Avoid bold patterns and colors that don’t show up well on video.
Exude confidence. Look at the camera when answering questions so it appears you’re talking directly to the employer. Also, don’t forget to smile and sit up straight.
Be heard. Make sure your responses are audible to the interviewer. Speak loudly and clearly into the microphone.
Treat it like a real interview. Approach the meeting with all the seriousness and preparation you would give to an in-person interview. This includes having questions ready and following up with a thank-you note.
If you put this advice into action, you—and your virtual office—will make a good impression on your prospective employer. Good luck!