Posted on 27/08/2020

As COVID-19 continues, recruiters & their clients and candidates now face severe limitations to the ways that they can social interact. Many organizations are still looking to employ new talent, so virtual interviews have become a widespread and effective solution to replacing face to face interviews and this will continue and probably become a permanent fixture in future.

A virtual interview is an interview that takes place remotely, using technologies such as video conferencing or other online communication platforms for example: -  Skype, Microsoft Team, Zoom etc.

There are many questions that we should be asking ourselves as well as preparing ourselves for and which may include the following: -

How should we prepare ourselves for a virtual interview?

How can we make the virtual interview as smooth and as positive as a face to face interview?

It is important to appreciate that virtual communication presents more difficulties for both the interviewer as well as the interviewee to read body language and facial expressions.

Here are some useful tips that our RSM Thailand executive recruiters team have put together to assist its readers with regard to successful virtual job interviews: -

·         Be prepared in the same way as you would for a face to face interview.

·         Test your technology beforehand and ensure that the camera and microphone works.

·         Be punctual for the interview.

·         Business attire makes a first and lasting impression so dress in the same way as you would for a professional face to face interview.

·         Choose a place in your room that is clean and professional looking.

·         If you share the chosen virtual interview space, ensure that there are no distractions or interference during the interview.

·       Adopt clear, positive and professional body language replacing the normal firm hand shake with a smile, confident wave and continual eye contact so as to make both a great first as well as lasting impression. 

By following the above tips of how to approach a smooth virtual interview you are now ready for your successful video interview.