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5 Ways to be the Obvious Choice for your Virtual Interview: Career Coaching Insights

Updated: Oct 22, 2020


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Are you prepared if a hiring manager reaches out to schedule a virtual interview? Can you ace it? Many applicants are not ready for this. Virtual interviews are becoming a more popular process, not only because of the Covid-19. It also helps managers narrow down their talent pool quickly as well as reduce costs.

It is easy to stand out virtually if you prepare. You want to stand out in every way. You should be the obvious choice because of what they see and hear over video. The more organized you are in your space and in your messaging, the more they will trust you. Here are the interview tips that will give you an edge in your next virtual interview.


1. Design Your Set


Turn your workspace into a beautiful studio that will instantly be inviting and spark conversation. Ensure the background is such that you are still the focal point. There should be no clutter.


Ensure there is enough light in the room. Positioning yourself near a window can help. You can also have a few objects to act as conversation starters.


Be sure to turn off all buzzers, email notifications, and other sounds that could detract from the experience. If you are comfortable investing, a laptop stand and high resolution camera really help. High resolution cameras can make it feel like you are together in the same room.


2. Dress Formal


Other candidates will dress casually in their homes with Corona beards, t-shirts, and hoodies. Not you. Signal sharpness with geometric shaped accessories for women and collared shirts for men. Treat the virtual interview as though it’s a physical one. Professional attire not only makes you appear confident but also prepared. Similarly, avoid any overpowering patterns or distracting nail polish and glossy lips. This ensures that you remain the focus and not your attire.


3. Prepare Your Content


Answer common interview questions with uncommon approaches. For instance, in responding to “tell me about yourself,” have a 3-minute description ready that includes the most interesting aspects about you. Start by making the answer personal and end with an insight on their business opportunities. Share something personal to build a relationship and a memory with the interviewer.


Prepare a success story from your previous place of work. Make sure it highlights your key personality attributes, like high initiative, humility, and the ability to be a team player.


Always be ready for a question on challenges at the workplace. This is your time to shine. Prepare a nice war story showing per