On Wednesday, we hosted an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) with Bill H, a University Recruiter for Facebook. Bill provided advice and answered questions around virtual interviews, with tips about how to get into that headspace. Here are some of his top tips!
Don’t stress too much about your virtual surroundings.
We’re all in this situation together and understand the challenges of operating virtually. Don’t worry or panic if someone walks through the background or if your dog barks occasionally. Just be sure to communicate up front if there may be issues, such as if your internet has been spotty or there may be some background noise.
Communicate with the interviewer throughout the call about changes in sound or video quality.
If you miss something the interviewer said due to sound issues or freezing video, ask if the interviewer can repeat themselves. We’ll work together through internet, sound, and video glitches. Avoid simply guessing what was said or waiting until the end to let the interviewer know about issues. Communication is key.
Practice, practice, practice – don’t let the challenges of virtual interviewing distract you from the basics.
Prepare for a virtual interview as you would for an in-person interview. Research the organization, find interview questions to review, schedule a virtual mock interview with the career center, or ask a friend to help you practice. It can be easy to panic about the virtual aspect and forget about the basics of general interview preparation.
To stand out, emphasize the impact and intention of the work you’re doing.
When discussing your accomplishments, focus on the “how” rather than the “what.” How did you achieve that? What was your intention with that accomplishment? What was the impact of your work? We want you to take a deeper dive beyond the impressive list of achievements on your resume and let us get to know you, your passions and your goals.
Take a deep breath and enjoy it! We’re interviewing you because we are truly interested in getting to know you.
Try not to let your nerves overwhelm you. We scheduled the interview because we feel you have earned the opportunity to move on to the next step. We don’t have an interviewing “quota” to meet, nor do we conduct interviews just for the sake of doing so. We’re excited to talk to you, and will be focusing on you, not your surroundings. Enjoy it!