Have you landed yourself into the interview round and are presently looking forward to a successful interview? Have you ever wondered when to say what?

In today’s edition of #TipSeries, we bring to you the top ten tips that may contribute to your success story. We hope this article will enlighten and help you ace your virtual interview.

LET’S GET STARTED!

Tip 1: Conduct company research

Just like having a good night’s sleep is very important before a big day, researching about the company and the post you have applied for is of paramount importance.

Often, the candidate is expected to know about the company and provide good reasons as to why he/she would fit in well. Be ready to answer questions such as “Why do you want to work at this company?” to “Why do you think you deserve this post?” in addition to describing yourself.

Reading up on the company’s past performance, future goals and the work done in the area of your interest also goes a long way.

Tip 2: Don’t lose your train of thought

Try to keep distractions to the bare minimum. Close the door and windows in your room, and try to find a quiet space to make sure you approach the interview seriously.

Be careful to keep your surroundings neat and well organized. Setting yourself to a completely neutral background is always preferred.

Tip 3: Be Prepared

It is advisable to sign up for an account on the service your interviewer is using and to cross-check if the app or website suggested works. Test your gadgets, ear device, and keep your notes in place. Make sure to check the time zone. Lastly, keep in mind that it is always better to be early than late.

Tip 4: Make time to practice

As the old saying goes, “Practice makes a man perfect”. Conduct practice interviews multiple times with your friends and family, and ask them to give constructive criticism. You can also record yourself to check your posture and body language.

Tip 5: Dress well

How many times have you heard your friend saying that he wore a dress shirt and shorts for a virtual interview? You do not want to do that! EVER! Go for a business attire and that would send a message that you are professional.

Tip 6: Lighting and Camera positioning

Ensure that the camera is placed in such a way that you are visible and it seems professional as well. Also, ensure that there is adequate lighting as that really transforms the atmosphere of the interview.

Tip 7: Prepare yourself with commonly asked questions

Prepare answers for the commonly asked interview questions. Doing so will provide you with a fair idea about what you are dealing with and analyze your qualifications. Having an idea of what to say would ensure a free flow of thoughts and less of stammering.

Be ready to ask questions to the interviewer when you are asked if you have any questions. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask before the interview itself. Remember, you aren’t simply trying to get the job — you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel walking into the interview.

Tip 8: Jot down points

However easy it would be to read through an already written script for an interview, kindly refrain from doing so. The goal is to look authentic and genuine. List down points that you would like to communicate and glance at them if you forget something. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer at all times.

Tip 9: Get in the game

Be your best self. Energy and enthusiasm are always appreciated in a recruit, so make sure to be active or at least act the part. Do whatever helps to calm your nerves and prepare for a great interview.

Tip 10: Connect and Follow-up

Last but not the least, once you are done with the interview, connect and follow up with the recruiter to know the outcome.

Now that we have listed a few of the most successful tips to ace your interview, go ahead and give it your best shot! We hope that this article has been of help to you and we wish you all the best!

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