Times have changed; there’s no doubt about it. More and more interviews are dealt with ‘remotely,’ via smartphone or computer, leveraging video conference technology. And it is not just because of the current social distancing behaviors related to COVID-19 (please be safe everyone).
The fact is – remote interviewing is part of the new normal in many jobs as the workforce becomes more spread out across the globe. Virtual meetings are now standard, they save time and energy – particularly when it comes to traveling to and from for busy individuals. Few people can get time away to interview, especially if they are currently employed. The virtual interview solves this by allowing both parties to get a glimpse of the person they are dealing with – how they look, act, and behave.
So, if you haven’t already – it’s time! Time to embrace the virtual interview. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Get Comfortable With the Tech
Sooner or later, you’ll be in a remote style interview. Be prepared. While you don’t have to be a technology whiz, you can familiarize yourself with some of the commonly used tools. Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, and FaceTime are all critical “Virtual” videoconferencing tools that work in real-time. They are perfect for interviews. Make it a point to download or create accounts on these platforms and familiarize yourself with how they work. Take tutorials, learn how the cameras and microphones operate. Be ready for if/when a virtual interview happens.
There’s no need to panic when learning new technology tools. Have a friend or family member download the same tools and make “calls” to one another. There’s nothing wrong with chatting with family members, and it’s a perfect excuse to stay in touch in stressful times.
Set Aside a Safe Space
Clear a part of a room and reserve it just for remote conversations. No clutter, no distractions – no empty soda cans lying around. Just in case you need to interview or interact with someone remotely – there will be no need to scramble. You’ll have a space cleared and ready so that you can jump into a chair and look professional. It doesn’t have to be “staged” to look like a movie set – just keep it simple, clean, and neat. Move those piles of papers out of range and find a good spot to secure your camera or laptop so the video is well framed on your happy place. Also, be sure to have a clean interview outfit handy near your safe space so you can ditch the paint-stained overalls and jump into professional mode at the drop of a hat.
If you’re running on a flip-phone or an ancient laptop that never seems to work – you probably should consider an update. Most models of iPhones and Google/Droid phones that are a couple of years old are relatively inexpensive and pack a huge technology punch. You don’t need today’s bleeding-edge tech – but you do need something modern and capable of running video to be able to communicate effectively. A good camera and mic are usually built right into these devices, so peruse the internet or ask a friend for an older (but not ancient) piece of tech. Some places (like your local library) may have tech available, but you need to be sure you’re poised for instant response whenever possible. You never know when an interview request might come through so having control over the devices that are closest to you makes the most sense.
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