You’ve got a virtual interview! Congratulations! Before you start celebrating too much about the fact that you don’t need to wear pants or commute to your next interview, make sure you’ve checked everything off this list.
You need to take virtual interviews just as seriously as you would take a regular interview. Interviewers are looking for the same outstanding qualities in candidates whether it’s face to face or over a computer screen.
The theme of this article is to BE PREPARED. Prepare, prepare, prepare. If you really want to land this gig, you need to be putting your best foot forward the second someone is open to seeing if you’re a qualified candidate. Don’t let anything be left to chance.
How exactly do you show up prepared for a virtual interview?
- Square away any potential technological mishaps.
Think of anything that could potentially go wrong during your interview and prepare to deflect those things beforehand.
This includes the very basic preparation like making sure you have a strong internet connection. There is nothing worse than scrambling to restart your router or to find out that the one corner of your home you decided to sit in doesn’t have a Wi-Fi signal.
Test your internet connect, have a friend virtually call you and make sure your video camera works. It’s also important to test how you come across through the camera – make sure you have a clean & professional environment. The last thing you want your interviewer to see is your laundry or your messy bed in the background.
Make sure you triple check your profile picture to make sure it’s professional. Have the interviewers contact details as well so if for some reason the call doesn’t go through, you have a way to reach them. Go a step further and send a virtual call invitation beforehand!
Healthcare Managers are very busy and expect you to be on time because not only does it show respect for their time, but it’s also part of your job description. Avoid the above issues to ensure you are on time to your virtual interview. Pharmaceutical and Medical Representatives are expected to be on time for their meetings with doctors and other healthcare professionals.
Show that you are responsible, have initiative and are the perfect fit for the healthcare role you’re applying for by avoiding these mistakes.
- Write Notes
The great thing about having a virtual interview is that you don’t have to remember everything off the top of your head. If you are very nervous, jot some notes down that you can refer to if your mind goes blank.
During your interview, if there is anything of interest, make notes that you can refer back to. Interviews can be a bit of a whirlwind and you’ll be glad you took notes that will last longer than your short term memory.
In addition, one of our favourite pieces of advice is to give yourself visual aids to keep you confident. Try writing post-it notes to place around your laptop screen such as “Don’t forget to sit up straight!”, “Remember to SMILE” and “Be Confident”.
- Anticipate connection delays
In some cases, a virtual call can be harder to keep natural flow of conversation than a conversation in person.
When you are in person you can read facial expressions and body language that can cue the correct reaction. This is something to keep in mind especially when you first start the call. To avoid any awkward lulls, we suggest you have a couple of “small talk” ideas ready, just in case.
In addition, remember to speak slowly and clearly as there may be internet connection delays on either side. You need to find the sweet spot of not having too many pauses or cutting off your interviewer completely. Always let them finish their questions before you provide your answer.
- Prepare for the interview
Virtual interviews require the same preparation as a regular interview. Prepare answers to the questions you could be asked about your CV, your experience and about the company you are applying to work with.
It’s also not a bad idea to have your resume handy so you can easily email it to your interviewer if they misplaced your copy. This way your precious interview time can be spent on you instead of frantically sifting through documents on your computer.
You also want to make sure you understand all the terminology and technical information that may be asked during the interview. Research the kind of information you are expected to know in your Pharmaceutical or Medical Devices role. Representatives are expected to know a lot of in-depth knowledge in their daily work so employers will be looking for someone who has an aptitude for learning and excellent communication skills.
Also, like with any interview it’s imperative that you prepare questions for your interviewer. This shows that you are engaged with not only the industry, but with the specific job.
- Prepare your interview outfit
Although this one seems like common sense, this is a big one. Just like an in-person interview it’s important to look your very best.
There is no excuse to look like you just rolled out of bed. Put the same effort into your appearance as you would for any other interview. This means decide what you will wear the night before, iron your dress shirt and put on your best jacket.
Although you may not need to get up for anything during your interview, you never know what can happen. To avoid any accidental flashes to your future boss, we suggest wearing business bottoms as well. The minute after your interview is over, feel free to rip those off and have a dance party for surviving your virtual Interview.
Virtual Interview Review & Checklist:
- Have a strong internet connection
- Have a working computer camera
- Have a clean & professional environment
- Provide a correct + professional virtual ID
- Send a virtual call invitation to your interviewer beforehand
- Have a backup phone number (if possible)
- Write key points down that you want to get across
- Take notes during the interview
- Have reaffirming post-it notes around your screen
- Have an electronic version of your resume nearby
- Have 1 – 3 conversation ideas on hand
- Speak slowly & listen to the whole question before you answer
- Prepare answers to common interview questions
- Research and understand job terminology & technical information
- Prepare questions for the end of the interview
- Decide on your interview attire the night before
- Groom & dress yourself in professional business attire
- Ace the interview!