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Pants or no pants? 3 tips for nailing a virtual job interview

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Prospects are advised not to showcase their personal aspects in a job interview, and to keep it professional and ‘office-like’ in the video conference. The proper dress code and mannerisms of an actual job interview are to be mimicked, and that means the pants have to be worn!

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Pants or no pants? 3 tips for nailing a virtual job interview

Pants or no pants? 3 tips for nailing a virtual job interview

https://www.fastcompany.com/90500640/pants-or-no-pants-3-tips-for-nailing-a-virtual-job-interview

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Virtual Job Interviews

While it’s a big deal to score a (virtual)job interview in the middle of a global crisis as big as right now, there are certain factors that need to be taken care of when appearing for an interview sitting at home.

Subjective Hiring Decisions

Job interviews are still mostly subjective and rarely focus on merit, work quality, or important job skills. There are always biases, preferences and on-the-spot decisions that are not entirely professional or by the book.

Professional Environment

Prospects are advised not to showcase their personal aspects in a job interview, and to keep it professional and ‘office-like’ in the video conference. The proper dress code and mannerisms of an actual job interview are to be mimicked, and that means the pants have to be worn!

Traditional Job Interviews

.. often have borderline illegal questions, which may be discriminatory and make the employee feel entrapped. Questions like ‘What are your weaknesses’ are blatantly trying to expose the candidate, and making the person act submissive towards the prospective employer.

The Camera Background

It is not a good idea to let the interviewer judge you based on the contents of your background. ‘The Drake Method’ works best here, positioning your laptop to make use of a blank wall as your background.

It is also advisable to not showcase your children to the prospective employer.

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Instead of bluffing your way through a question that you are completely stumped with, it is better to be upfront and handle it with honesty and grace. Tell them straight away that you do not know the answer to this question and what similar things you have done which have been effective.

Your life experiences are unique and not identical to what the interviewer is trying to ‘slot’ you into.

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Show confidence in your body language

When you’re nervous, it shows in the way you’re standing or what you’re doing with your hands. The same goes for when you’re confident. Standing tall and making eye contact shows confidence. 

If you need a quick boost of confidence, take a power pose. One great power pose is the wonder woman – your hands on your hips, legs out in a V shape, shoulders and back straight, and chin slightly up. 

Be aware of the way you speak
  • Speak clearly and with an even tone. Not too loud or too quiet, as you could come across as dominating or shy.
  • Using filler words such as ‘um’ or ‘so’ or filling in gaps with ‘like’ or ‘you know’ will make you seem less knowledgeable. Pay special attention to your usage of the word ‘like’.
  • If you need time to compose your thoughts, simply pause, or restate the question.

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