6 Virtual Interview Tips to Help You Land The Job

By Margaux Perrin

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Throughout the pandemic, we’ve become accustomed to heavily relying on the world of technology to continue with our everyday lives. As a result, the use of virtual interviews has reached new heights. Given it’s the new normal, we’ve rounded up virtual interview tips to keep in mind for next time.

VidCruiter, a virtual recruiting platform company based out of New Brunswick, had been allowing companies to interview potential employees from the comfort of their homes well before the pandemic began. Over the last year and a half, they’ve seen unprecedented growth.

“Now everyone is using video. There’s been a larger adoption of the technology in the market,” said Sean Fahey, CEO and Founder of VidCruiter.

Sean Fahey, CEO and Founder of VidCruiter

With the technology available, and remote work more normalized than ever, the talent pool is nationwide, even worldwide for some companies. Though we’ve eased into the comforts of our homes for far too long, and are itching to socialize and get out into the “real world,” the matter of fact is that virtual interviews are likely here to stay. 

Video interviews are easily accessible, save companies time and money, and blow open the doors for how and when you can find new talent.

So, how does one prepare for and stand out in a virtual interview? First, it’s important to recognize that there are two types of virtual interviews: pre-recorded and live.

A pre-recorded interview sees yourself, the interviewee, answer prompted questions in video format. This allows recruiters to watch—and rewatch—your answers to get a sense of who you are, before committing to a live interview. This step is an easy way for recruiters to sift through applicants and determine who may be a good fit or not.

“You know how on Friday night you log into Netflix and watch a movie? Well Monday morning you [a recruiter] log into VidCruiter and watch interviews,” said Fahey, about how a recruiter would process pre-recorded applicants.

No one wants to watch a movie with a 34 percent recommendation on Netflix. So, this is your chance to show the company that you are at least 80 percent compatible with their needs. 

A live video interview follows the standard of what you typically expect from an in-person interview, it just happens to be over a screen.

Luckily, for both types, the advice remains the same. Here are six virtual interview tips to help you land the job.

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