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We are Engage• 2 Min read

5th May 2020

Tips For A Successful Virtual Interview

Remote working is the new hot desking! With people not able to go to their place of work, many businesses (like Engage) have moved to a remote working model. Face-to-face meetings are unlikely to be possible for the foreseeable future, but with organisations still functioning,  recruitment needs to continue, especially as the lockdown eases. This means finding new ways to make interviews work and for businesses and organisations to learn whether someone will be a good fit for a role. Virtual interviews do just this – they are a way of speaking directly with an employer and for both parties to get a feel for the organisation and job role.

Virtual interviews have many of their own unique pitfalls that in-person interviews don’t suffer from.  Our key advice is to approach the interview exactly as you would an in-person interview. Here is our complete guide to successful remote interviews.

 

PLAN PROPERLY

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready before the interview and make sure to research the organisation and who you are being interviewed by (Linkedin is a great resource for this!)

Make sure you have pen and paper for taking notes, a drink and that your phone is on silent – it’s also useful to test any technology you are going to use during the interview – make sure the camera and microphone on your computer are active and that your devices are fully charged or plugged in.

 

DRESSING FOR A VIRTUAL INTERVIEW

We’ve said before that wearing ‘work clothes’ can make a difference to your mindset when working from home, but it’s very easy to fall by the wayside after several weeks of not leaving the house! Dress for the interview as though it was a face-to-face meeting – it shows professionalism and that you are taking the interview seriously. Don’t be tempted to scrimp on your lower half and wear joggers because the interviewer can’t see – many of us have been caught out having to stand up halfway through to answer the phone or let the dog out!

REDUCE BACKGROUND NOISE

Many remote working apps and platforms work in a similar way – they will connect the microphone of the person speaking and shut off the rest – the same as any call you might make on WhatsApp or Facebook. This means background noise, even quiet noise, can make a big difference to the quality of the session and how much you can hear the other person. Don’t have music or the radio playing during the interview and ask other members of your household to give you some space.

It’s also important to let the interviewer finish each question before you start to answer – interrupting doesn’t come across great during in-person interviews and it can be amplified during virtual meetings, especially if there is a slight delay in receiving sound.

 

CONNECT WITH YOUR INTERVIEWER

Once the interview has started, it’s time to shine! Being in your own environment could be a positive element to your interview as you’ll be more relaxed and confident whilst in your own space. Take the opportunity to really connect with your interviewer, building a rapport can be more difficult over technology than in person but it’s not impossible.

 

Make sure you get all of key skills and experience across to the interviewer – it might help to note them down beforehand or have your CV in front of you. Be aware of your body language too as your interviewer will be looking at all the clues you give about what sort of individual you might be to work with.

 

We’ve also published some other great blogs around interviews and interview questions for teaching staff.

5 Interview Questions Every Teacher Should Be Prepared For

6 Teacher Interview Tips

And here are some example questions for Head Of Department interviews and Deputy Head interviews

 

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