When applying for a job role in another country, you will go through a virtual application process that will include an online interview that will be held via a video calling app – for example, Skype – instead of in-person at service offices in Dubai, for example. This process is more common than people think, as there is a diverse applicant pool at recruiters’ fingertips waiting to be explored, with more and more businesses are opting to search for the perfect employees by placing their advertisements on global job websites, opening the application up to a number of different people in different countries across the globe.
However, having a virtual job interview is different in a number of ways than having one in-person, and there is a need to be as prepared as possible – by taking a number of precautions and steps – for the call to go as smoothly as possible. To help you prepare and tackle your virtual interview with ease, we have put together a list of three top tips that will help get you through it.
Dress to Impress
Dressing to impress is important for every interview, regardless of whether you are on the other end of the world – and computer screen. A virtual interview is not a good enough reason to dress down, as your interviewers will still be able to see your outfit and whether or not you have made an effort.
Dress like you would if you were going to an in-person interview, smart and professional. You do not want your interviewer concentrating on the morning coffee stain that happened before you started your interview, you want them to focus on what you are saying without any distractions.
What’s more, you will feel more confident if you are dressed to impress than you would be if you were in your Sunday tracksuit attire.
Note, there will be different attire that is suitable for different job roles. If you are unsure of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate, contact the HR department for some advice and peace of mind.
Test your Technology
You do not want your internet connection to fail half way through your interview, or for your battery to die at a critical moment, meaning that you need to test and prepare all of your technology beforehand, making 100% sure that nothing is going to go wrong.
Firstly, make sure that you have the applicable software that they are using to video call you installed on your computer. You might have Skype already – and that is a popular choice – but just in case that is not the program they use, ask them in advance and make sure you download the appropriate program and that it is in working order. Another aspect to pay great attention to would be your battery life. Make sure that your computer or cell phone’s battery is fully charged, as well as having your charger on hand for any emergencies – like the call lasting longer than you thought it would, or the video calling software draining the battery faster than normal.
Lastly, make sure your internet connection is strong, avoiding any glitches that may happen – for example: the screen freezes or your voices cutting out half way through an important question or answer. Technological glitches are not only irritating, but could throw the interviewer’s schedule off, shortening your interview time – and you don’t want that.
Prepare Your Surroundings
Conducting an interview while you are lounging around or sitting on your sofa will be very distracting and off-putting to your interviewer, as well as show them that you are not taking the interview seriously. Instead, sit at a desk – if you have one at home – or sit with your back against a clear wall to avoid any distractions. Alternatively you can sit with a bookshelf behind you. Anything is better than your interviewer seeing your unmade bed or children running around in the background.
In addition to your surroundings being clear, make sure that there are no audio distractions. Turn off the television or radio before you pick up the video call, to ensure that you can hear your interviewer clearly and that they can hear your responses without interruptions.
Be as prepared as possible for your important video interview by following the above three points, showing your prospective employer or recruiter that you are serious, professional and the right candidate for the job. Good luck!