Preparing for a virtual interview?

By GSR2R Admin | 10th December 2020

Here are some handy tips for you

Congratulations!  You have secured a recruitment interview.

But with Covid-19 and the current lockdown, you’re not meeting face to face.  Are you ready for this?  Have you prepared for your virtual interview? At GSR2R, the recruitment to recruitment specialists, we are keen to help.

As recruitment to recruitment specialists, GSR2R have lots of experience helping candidates prepare for virtual interviews having moved recruitment consultants of all levels internationally for many years’.

There are lots of things for you to think about to make sure you are fully prepared.   So we at GSR2R have put together some tips for you to think about to make sure it all goes smoothly.

  1. Test your technology. How is it happening?  Are you using Zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, WebEx.  Make sure you know and test it to ensure it’s working properly.  Use the testing links so you can log on beforehand and test out your connection.  Zoom even has inbuilt filters to make you look better!
  2. Choose your surroundings carefully and keep distractions to a minimum. Remove all clutter.  Turn the tv, radio and your phone off.  Be somewhere quiet where you can’t be disturbed.  Remove pets or small children.  Who can forget Professor Robert Kelly talking live to the BBC?  You don’t want this to happen to you.
  3. Be prepared.  Have a copy of your CV next to you with a pen and notepad.  If you need to take notes, do it on the notepad rather than typing on screen.  It shows you are actively listening and will give you time to gather your thoughts.   Keep it to the side of the screen so you don’t have to look away from the camera.
  4. Dress the part. GSR2R advice is to dress as if it’s a face to face interview.  Avoid bright or distracting colours or jewellery.  And do dress fully and not just from the waist up.  You don’t want to be caught out like this ABC reporter on live news in the USA!
  5. Practice, practice and practice some more. Ask a friend to help you by playing the part of the interviewer or practice in front of a mirror.
  6. Be yourself but watch your body language and facial expressions. It is tough but try to be as natural as possible, smile lots, speak clearly, sit up straight (don’t slouch) and don’t be afraid if there is a silence or small delay in the questions/your answers.
  7. And finally, enjoy it. You will be on your way to securing your next great role.

If you’d like to hear more advice/tips you can contact GSR2R, London’s recruitment to recruitment specialists on 020 3889 1670 or at hello@gsr2r.com

Until next time,

Cheryl

 

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