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Virtual interviews becoming the new norm when hiring

Three simple tips to stand out
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Posted at 10:13 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 22:18:19-04

TAMPA, Fla. - 2020 brought with it a new way of doing things.

People have made changes from the way they run errands to how they apply and interview for potential jobs.

No longer are companies welcoming people into their four walls for a typical job interview.

Instead, they are turning to virtual interviews.

District President with Robert Half, Chad Leibundguth said traditional and virtual interviews have one thing in common.

"Just like an in-person interview, we certainly encourage taking the time to prepare," Leibundguth said.

Leibundguth said with no end in sight when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, virtual interviews may be here to stay.

"In some cases, the virtual interview has replaced the phone interview and now it's flip your camera on and it's a better way to connect the person who is interviewing you," Leibundguth said.

Leibundguth said there are a few key things people can do to prepare.

First, he recommends logging on to the interview five to ten minutes early to work out any technical kinks.

Also, wear professional work attire that isn't too loud with prints and patterns.

Another tip Leibundguth has is to be aware of your surroundings.

"Don't have background distractions. Loud noises. Don't look down often or look away. You know be focused on the person who is interviewing you. Be focused on the topic and the conversation," Leibundguth said.

As more companies opt for a virtual interview, the competition is there.

Leibundguth said standing out is more simple than one may think.

"Talk about what you have done and your accomplishment's that's important. To talk about how you may fit with the company culture. That's important," Leibundguth said.

It may be cliche, but it still holds true at the end of the day just be yourself.