There are so many options for employers to conduct online interviews in today’s market. Zoom, Google Meets, Skype and Microsoft Teams are some of the new technology platforms that organizations are utilizing for all phases of interviews.

Even before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing practices and mandates requiring remote work environments, virtual meetings were beginning to gain popularity because they save employers (and candidates) time and money related to travel expenses.

Now, as the pandemic continues to impact business operations, video job interviews have virtually (pun intended) become the norm.

While many of the “rules” for virtual interviewing are the same as those for face-to-face interviews, there are some important differences to keep in mind as you prepare. Here are four tips:

Test out and become familiar with the technology before the scheduled job interview. Make sure everything is working, you know how to change various settings and that your background looks professional.

Pick a quiet, distraction-free spot where the interviewer can hear you (and not your dog barking). Also, make sure your children know you cannot be disturbed during the interview by posting a sign on a closed door.

Dress appropriately, just as you would for an in-person interview. Make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free and that you also wear professional pants or a skirt, even if you don’t think it will be seen in the screen.

Prepare answers to common interviewing questions and create questions for the interviewer as well. Always research the company before the interview, so you can build a rapport with the interviewer and show your interest.

Our culture has now fully embraced this technology, so not only is it best to jump onboard but right now it is essential. Ensuring these strategies are in place will help you make a lasting impression!

For more tips from the JCS Career Center on interviewing see these other Life@Work blogs:

What Does ‘Preparing for the Interview’ Mean?

Six Mistakes to Avoid in Job Interview Situations

Whether you are new to the job market or a seasoned professional, the JCS Career Center can help you sharpen the tools you need to succeed. Our professional staff provides job seekers of all abilities and skill levels with customized services including career coaching, resume and cover letter services, interview preparation, job readiness training, vocational rehabilitation and job placement assistance. For information, call 410-466-9200 or visit jcsbalt.org.