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5 Virtual Interview Tips | Careers in Utilities

5 Virtual Interview Tips | Careers in Utilities

Over the past few years interviews have increasingly been conducted virtually to improve efficiency and for safety reasons.  This trend will continue as many employers see this as a cost-effective, efficient, and valuable alternative to in-person interviews.  Although these interviews may be structured similarly, they are different in some subtle and other not-so subtle areas.  Thus, it is important you understand these differences which will enable you to be fully prepared for a virtual interview. The following are a few tips you should use the next time you are scheduled for a virtual interview.

1. Test Your Technology

The virtual interview can be a little trickier than an in-person interview since it's reliant on technology.

Make sure your virtual interviewing technology is up and running before you start. Let the interviewer know that there might be a slight delay because of technical issues, then test the virtual interviewing platform again before starting.

2. Practice Your Video Interview Skills Ahead of Time

If virtual interviewing is a new experience for you, prepare by practicing your virtual interviewing skills ahead of time. You can try taking virtual interviews with friends or family members and record yourself to see what areas need improvement. The more comfortable you are with virtual interviewing, the better chance you have at making a great virtual impression.

3. Write Out a Few Notes—But Refer to Them as Little as Possible

You don't have to memorize your virtual interview answers, but it's helpful to take a few notes in the virtual interviewing platform just in case you forget any key points that you want to include in your virtual interview responses. Again, refer to your notes as little as possible. Don't let them take over the virtual interview, or else it could come across that you are not prepared for virtual interviewing.

4. Let the Other Person Finish Speaking

It's easy to assume what someone is going to say when you're in a virtual setting. If you don't allow the other person to finish speaking, then they might think that virtual interviews are pointless because of how fast virtual technology can be! So make sure to let the other person finish before responding…even if you know what they are about to say. It'll let them know that virtual interviews aren't just about quick responses—they're about listening intently too.

5. Signal When Your Answers Are Complete

A virtual interview isn't just about waiting for the interviewer to finish asking virtual questions. You should feel free to add virtual information that is related, but not directly asked for by the virtual interviewer. When you're done with your virtual answers, signal to the other person that you are finished. This shows them that you have a strong attention span and can manage virtual responses well!

In summary, remember the following:

1. Test your technology

2. Practice Your Video Interview Skills Ahead of Time

3. Write Out a Few Notes—But Refer to Them as Little as Possible

4. Let the Other Person Finish Speaking

5. Signal When Your Answers Are Complete