Platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Go to Meeting, Google Hangout, etc. are often used for virtual networking and interviewing, and even more so now due to social distancing and the pandemic.
Here are six quick tips for if you find yourself having a virtual opportunity:
Know your angles
Just as you know your angles for the perfect selfie, get to know your angles for the perfect virtual opportunity. Before the opportunity, test a few different set-ups to see which looks best. Try using books to stack under your computer to make your face level with the camera or positioning yourself in front of a window to capture natural lighting. Test out a few different options until you find one that looks the best!
Marie Kondo your background
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to donate anything that doesn’t, “spark joy,” but you do need to tidy up! Be aware of what people are able to see around you and try to keep your background clean and simple. Another thing to try is adding a virtual background. If you’re looking to show your #SpiderPride, check out these backgrounds!
Headphones, rather than using the external speakers on your computer, will limit the feedback and provide better sound quality. Also, just as you need to be aware of what people are able to see around you, also keep in mind what they can hear – make sure to find a quiet space with limited noise disruption. Pro tip: Make sure to put your phone on silent prior to beginning.
Dress as you would for a normal networking or interviewing opportunity. Not only will it give you a sense of confidence by looking your best, but it will impress. A good tip from Indeed.com is to research the company culture before your conversation, so that you have a good idea of what’s appropriate.
Know where to look
Just as eye contact is important during an in-person opportunity, it is still just as important in a virtual one. An easy tip is to look at the web camera vs. trying to look at the person you’re talking to. On screen, it’s hard to tell who you’re looking at, but if you look at the web camera, it will give you a focus point and look as though you’re looking them in the eye.
Practice makes perfect
Practice. This includes testing the technology and becoming familiar with the platform, making sure the link is working and not broken, as well as rereading any instructions you received prior to the scheduled time of the opportunity.
Even with the best of intentions, things can still go wrong – check out Indeed’s (scroll to bottom) quick troubleshooting guide if they do!