Hello, corporate world! With over 110,108 Coronavirus cases reported all over the globe to date, we are concerned with the stress every business should be under. We hope the conditions improve as quickly as possible.
In our stream of business, virtual interviews have suddenly picked up momentum and we see people all over the globe going the virtual way to hire talent. Now that we are on the topic, we have a couple of small stories in relevance to narrate!
Not too long ago, we had a candidate who outdid it during her first round of personal interview for a senior-level sales position in the US and was a quick shortlist to go through her next, this time a virtual interview. She chose to connect after she got home from work on a weekday evening and the fun began soon after the connection got established. She started pouring herself multiple glasses of wine through the interview process only to get intoxicated leaving the interviewer clueless of how to handle the situation. Her camera was facing her ceiling more times than it caught her in action. For obvious reasons the client wrote a long mail to us narrating the incident and rejected her outright though hers came across as a very impressive candidature during round one of the interview.
On the contrary, we had a new mother who was virtually interviewed by a client when she was looking at getting back after her maternity break. With just she and the newborn back at home, she carefully opted for a time her baby would go to sleep on a typical day for an interview to be scheduled. However, it so happened that the little one started to cry when the interview was on and she had no option but to attend to the child immediately excusing herself from the interviewer. However, she handled the situation so gracefully and professionally that she not only bagged the job but is doing extremely well for herself.
With a lot more of these experiences, we were wondering if a few pointers from our end will help our world of candidates ease out the process of a virtual interview for themselves as well as the interviewer.
- Check on the internet connectivity and confirm if your camera and microphone are in working condition.
- Find a room with optimal lighting and settle down preferably near a window or a blank wall to guarantee you are the focal point of conversation.
- Tidy up your surroundings, it’s hard to convince employers that you are detail-oriented and organized when there’s laundry visibly piling up in the corner.
- Research the company ahead of time and jot down notes for easy reference. Just because you’re on a computer doesn’t mean you can search the web for answers mid-interview, so avoid clicking around.
- Dress as you would for an in-person interview.
- Sit up straight, smile, and keep the camera at eye level. It communicates confidence.
- Print out a copy of your resume, so that you remember talking key points.
Good luck from #eHelium to all those who are taking up an interview today!
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