1. Polish that profile
2. Set the scene for success
- Check your tech. Internet connection, microphone, webcam—are they all working? If not, make sure you troubleshoot ahead of time.
- Create a professional setting. Your background—real or virtual—should be as professional as possible.
- Test the platform in advance. Make sure that wherever you’re meeting (Zoom, Teams, etc.) you have everything downloaded or updated, and you'll be able to get into the virtual interview without a hitch. Do a practice run with a friend if you’re anxious.
- Strip out distractions where you can. Kids, dogs, landscapers, snowblowers—they're all noisemakers of the highest order! Be aware, and do your best to minimize.
- Acknowledge distractions you can’t control. In a tiny apartment or homeschooling kids solo? Don't stress! Just call this out as the meeting begins so no one is caught off guard. Any interviewer with a shred of humanity will offer you some grace.
If the interviewer isn't willing to cut you some slack, pay attention to that vibe! I mean, is a workplace that can't roll with real-world challenges graciously really where you want to be?
3. Account for the floating head syndrome
In the absence of body language, you’ve got only your voice, so check in with the interviewer.
4. Keep that energy soaring
Focus on being fully present.
5. Ask questions of the moment
6. Put your resilience on display
Every company wants to know: Are you resilient?