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How to Tackle Virtual Job Interviews during the Pandemic


As businesses adapt and look for alternative ways to make the most of the current coronavirus pandemic, employers and the recruitment industry are moving quickly to make the most of video interviews. Just as effective as in-person interviews, employers who are seeking to continue their company growth plans, should be optimising the use of video interviews to reach out to and engage with talent.

Job seekers who have been invited to a video interview should consider this the same as a face-to-face interview, and therefore preparation is vital.

We recommend finding a suitable environment that allows you to engage in a successful interview. Consider your location- are you in a quiet setting with good lighting and a neutral background? Make sure that there are no distractions around e.g. your television in the background or your mobile phone- this certainly isn't professional.

If you don't feel comfortable conducting a video interview in your home, consider finding a quiet cafe or professional space. Also, you should practise talking to the camera. It may be a strange feeling, but after having your first video interview, you will feel much more comfortable.

Dress as you would do for a face-to-face interview. Employers will be looking at how somebody presents themselves and assessing their professionalism and suitability for their company, whether at home or in person.

Here at Empower Personnel Career Academy we offer virtual interview coaching, available from our Career Marketplace, for you to practise your interview technique and build your confidence. Our package is available for £49.99. You can email the team: enquiries@empowerpersonnel.com if you are looking for any further information and our consultants would be happy to assist you.