By Claire Weinzierl, AAEA Member
After enduring through the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year now, it’s safe to assume that most people have had to adjust and accommodate now-virtual events that have traditionally been face-to-face.
One of those in person traditions are job interviews. But with the risks associated with the pandemic, even interviews are being held virtually – and that may not be an easy transition for some job candidates.
So, how does a virtual interview differ from an in-person interview? Virtual interviews take place remotely, often via a phone call or video conference. With this new medium, there are new considerations to keep in mind when preparing for an interview, in addition to your regular preparations. Here are three tips to keep in mind for your virtual interview:
TEST YOUR TECH
Virtual interviews can be conducted through a phone call or one of many video conferencing tools. It’s a good idea to test whatever tool you will be using for the interview beforehand to ensure that everything is working correctly. Make sure your computer is working correctly and you have the necessary software downloaded. It’s also crucial to have a good internet connection for your interview to avoid any delays or disconnections. Plug in your computer, sign into the software, and check your internet connection 15 to 20 minutes before your interview so you can be ready to go.
DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT
Even though your interview may be virtual, it’s important to still dress for the occasion – and not just from the waist up. Wear business professional attire to not only look the part, but to also make sure you’re in the right mindset going into your interview.
The best place to conduct your job interview is in a quiet location with few distractions. This location will likely be your own home. Find a room that is clean and looks professional such as an office space or dining room and keep your computer on a flat surface such as a desk or table. If you share a living space, inform your roommates or family members and ask them to be mindful of any noises or disruptions during the duration of the interview.
Even when virtual, some aspects about interviews will never change. Remember to be yourself, be prepared, and follow up with the interviewer. Good luck!
Claire Weinzierl is the communications manager for the Illinois Soybean Association.