631-259-4311 info@engagestaff.com

Engage Partners Virtual Interview Checklist

by | Oct 14, 2021 | For Candidates

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the authors analyzed 513 video recordings of remote interviews from 2020.  Data was collected on the recruiter and participant responses, the interview process, aesthetics and participant engagement.  Not surprisingly, 80% of those job candidates who did not receive an offer appeared to be “distracted, failed to engage their recruiter in a meaningful way, or seemed as though they were reading from a script.” 

On the other hand, 90% of job candidates who did receive a job offer seemed to have mastered the virtual interview.  Based on research by the authors, the successful candidates had four things in common: they had established a space for the interview, prepared for the unexpected, rehearsed, and did not read from a script.  Based on these commonalities the authors of this virtual interviewing research organized four well-thought-out tips. 

We’ve turned these 4 tips into a simple checklist so you can put your best foot forward at your next virtual interview. 

If you want to read more in-depth about the research, check out the full article here.

  1.  ESTABLISH YOUR SPACE
  • Space is clean
  • Space is well lit (light yourself from the front)
  • Space has an uncluttered background
  • Conduct an internet upload speed test 
  1. PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED
  • Master the platform being used for the interview
  • Create brief,organized notes in two or three headings
  • Have notes in sight during the interview
  1. REHEARSE
  • Practice your interview with a friend or family member
  • Speaking pace is easy for to follow
  • Use hand gestures
  • Turn off video monitoring (this ensures you won’t look at yourself on the screen and you can have excellent eye contact during the interview)
  1. SPARK CONVERSATIONS
  • Formulate 2 – 3 questions to ask about the team and the culture 
  • Research your interviewer on LinkedIn and Google 
  • Take note of common interests

Ready to land your next job at a company you love?

We update our jobs daily. To engage in your next opportunity, check back frequently.

See where we are placing people like you today.

Closing the Skill Gap on Cybersecurity

Closing the Skill Gap on Cybersecurity

If we've learned anything in the last 12 months, it's the importance of online security. Image this, you wake up tomorrow your entire work history stored on your believed-to-be-secure cloud is gone. The stress that builds from a data breach or online loss leading to...

31 Way to Say Thank You to Your Employees

31 Way to Say Thank You to Your Employees

With the season of thanks and gratitude here, there's no better time to say just how much you appreciate your employees. Whether you've got a team of 2 or a team of 2,002, we've rounded up thirty-one ways to say thanks. With so many possibilities, offering up some...

6 Tips for Changing Jobs

6 Tips for Changing Jobs

As Halloween is just a few days away, we think it's safe to say changing jobs can be spooooky. (see what we did there?!) Changing jobs is noted as one of the most stressful experiences we as humans face. If changing careers makes you feel paralyzed and overwhelmed...

50 Common Interview Questions

50 Common Interview Questions

From tell me about yourself to share about a time you had a conflict with your fellow employee and how you resolved it, there’s a lot of common interview questions that get asked. But the reality is, many candidates don’t prepare. As hiring experts, we screen hundreds...

One Word: BINGO

One Word: BINGO

As each of us continues to adjust to working from home and a surplus of video conferencing it's time to add some fun to the daily Zoom and google meets don't you think? By all means, the phrase "zoom fatigue" has been deemed a real thing. Before your next meeting,...