Virtual interviewing strategies and in-person interviewing strategies share many similarities, but there are also some key differences to consider:
1. Technology Preparation:
Virtual: Ensure your technology is set up and tested in advance. Check your internet connection, camera, microphone, and lighting to ensure clear communication.
In-person: There’s less emphasis on technology; instead, focus on bringing printed copies of your resume and any relevant documents.
Virtual: Choose a quiet, well-lit space, free from distractions. Ensure your background is professional or use a virtual background if needed.
In-person: You have less control over the interview environment, so focus on your personal presentation and body language.
3. Dress Code:
Virtual: Dress professionally from head to waist since that’s what the interviewer will see on the screen.
In-person: Dress professionally in its entirety, paying attention to shoes, accessories, and overall grooming.
4. Body Language:
Virtual: Maintain eye contact by looking at the camera, sit up straight, and use hand gestures sparingly.
In-person: Focus on a firm handshake, good posture, and appropriate eye contact with the interviewer.
5. Connection and Engagement:
Virtual: It’s essential to establish a personal connection through the screen. Be attentive, nod, and smile to show your engagement.
In-person: Building rapport through non-verbal cues is more direct and can include a firm handshake, warm smile, and confident body language.
6. Communication Style:
Virtual: Be aware of potential lag in video calls and practice clear and concise communication.
In-person: Face-to-face interviews allow for more natural conversational flow.
7. Presentation and Materials:
Virtual: Use screen sharing for presentations and have your resume and notes on your screen for reference.
In-person: Bring printed copies of your resume and any relevant documents.
Virtual: Send a thank-you email after the interview, as you won’t be able to provide a handwritten note.
In-person: Handwritten thank-you notes can leave a positive impression.
Remember that the core principles of interview preparation, such as researching the company, preparing answers to common questions, and asking thoughtful questions, apply to both virtual and in-person interviews. Adapting your strategies to the specific format will help you make a strong impression in either setting. ** And whatever you do, make sure that if you are interviewing virtually that you HANG UP and even wait a couple of seconds before speaking freely, making facial expressions or standing up without those necessary pants on!**