It is all about being prepared, arriving on time, looking professional, and making a good impression. This guide will help prepare you for your next virtual hiring event.
We know that COVID-19 has a significant impact on how we live and work. We are here to assist you in your job search.
What is a virtual hiring occasion?
Virtual hiring events are group interviews where employers accept job applications and conduct virtual interviews in individual and group formats. As COVID-19 developments emerge, many employers are moving towards virtual hiring events. This is an exceptional opportunity to meet them in person. These events may lead to job offers immediately, significantly reducing the time it takes to find a job.
Virtual hiring event tips
Please read the description of the event.
Employers include important information in the description of a hiring event. Employers will include information such as whether they intend to offer immediately or the first of a series.
You may also find job requirements such as certifications or requirements for the job. These details will help you decide if the job is right for you. You may find out what you should bring, how to dress and what to wear to an interview.
Find out more about the company.
Employers can meet multiple candidates virtually in virtual hiring events. It will make you stand out by researching the company before you go to the interview.
Make sure to update your resume.
Check your resume to ensure it is relevant to the job opportunities at the virtual hiring event. Reflecting on your work history while reading the event description is one way to do this. Take into account how the job requirements correspond to your skills, experience, and qualifications.
Video interview tips
On the day of your interview, you will need to find a quiet place with internet access and bring a laptop, computer or mobile device with a camera. This checklist will help you prepare for your interview.
- You can ensure that you aren’t interrupted by locking the door or alerting others that it isn’t possible to be disturbed. A note may be placed on the outside and in the room’s door.
- Clear away any notepads or pens/pencils that you might need to make notes.
- Keep a copy of your resume and any notes handy for reference.
- Get a glass of water or a bottle for yourself.
- Verify that your webcam works.
- Verify that your audio works.
- It would be best to close any tabs, windows, or applications that are not being used.
- Ensure your internet connection is working properly and that you aren’t downloading any files in the background.
- Your phone should be turned off.
- Make sure your background is clean and clear of clutter.
- You can adjust the lighting in the room. You may need to add a desk lamp to brighten shady areas.
You may be unable to afford the technology you need, but the following options might work for you:
- Check out the resources at your local public library. You may borrow the equipment from some libraries that have private rooms that you can reserve.
- Ask your friends if they can lend equipment.
- Rent equipment.
Wear appropriate clothing
For a virtual interview, dress professionally in the same way you would for an in-person one. Do your research on the company culture before going to an interview. A button-down shirt and neutral slacks are good options if you are unsure.
Avoid bright colours and patterns to look your best. Instead, choose softer colours. Wear a solid tie instead of a patterned one if you’re wearing a tie. Adjust the lighting to reduce the glare from glasses.
Place the camera, so you’re looking at the screen from the top. Although likely, the interviewer will only be able to see your upper body, and it is a good idea for you to wear professional pants or skirts if you have to stand up.
Video interview body language
An in-person interview is all about eye contact. It would be best to show the same attention when conducting a virtual interview. Do not look at the interviewer directly while answering questions. Instead, focus your attention on the webcam while you speak. This will make your eyes align with the interviewer on the other side. You can see the screen from your side while you listen.
Maintain a positive energy level throughout the interview and communicate optimism through body language. Good posture is one way to do this. Your back should be straight and your shoulders wide open. You can place your feet on the ground or place your arms on the desk.
To show that you are listening, smile and nod when necessary. When appropriate, use hand gestures and keep your hands close to your body. Do not fidget or allow your gaze to drift from the device.
Be ready to wait
Virtual hiring events are known for their waiting times. These events are open to all, so you might need to wait to be interviewed in the virtual lobby. Candidates are typically interviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
If possible, RSVP well in advance to help employers count the attendees. It would be best to arrive at the chosen time as early as possible. Employers may not be available to meet all applicants within their set timeframe. They may ask you to interview on another day.
Be aware that there might be a wait, so be prepared with something you can do during that time. This time can be used to practice your elevator pitch or to review your resume for key points that demonstrate you are a good candidate for the job. You want to be positive when you meet with potential employers. In the lead-up to your meeting, make sure you have things to keep you calm, comfortable, and energized.
Technology is not perfect. These backup plans are for when something goes wrong.
If your audio or video stops working:
Ask the interviewer to give you a number to reach them in case of technical difficulties. Call that number if the video stops. Ask them if they can continue the interview over the phone or if it is possible to reschedule.
If there is any noise that interrupts the conversation
If noises (sirens, construction, etc.) If you are interrupted by noises (sirens, construction, etc.), apologize and wait for the noise to subside. If the noise is very loud, you may need to silence the microphone.
Unexpectedly, someone may enter the room.
If you are interrupted by family members, pets, or housemates while interviewing, apologize to them, turn off your camera, mute the microphone, and then move on to your next interview. Before you begin the interview again, make sure the room is safe.
Follow up on the event.
When you are done talking, ask the recruiters at virtual hiring events for their email addresses. Send them a thank you email after the event. This is a polite, simple way to thank them and make you stand out among other candidates. You can send a thank-you email to follow up if you had an interview in the evening.
Indeed offers virtual hiring events.
Interviews at Indeed’s virtual hiring events will be conducted on Indeed. You will be notified via email and text messages the day before your interview with a link to your interview. You can either join from your desktop or mobile device. Here are some things you should know once you have reached the check-in screen.
- The employer will display a welcome message. A pop-up will ask for your number. This number will be used to send you a text message when your interview is over. You’ll then be able to see which people are ahead of you.
- You will be notified by text when it is your turn. A five-minute timer will be displayed on the page. Or you will be removed from the interview room. To get assistance from the Indeed support team, click the blue chat button.