MetLife Recruiter Shares Virtual Interviewing Tips for Potential Candidates!

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has affected the way we live and work day-to-day.  One of the impacts on our candidates and recruiters is the shift to virtual interviews. To help you adjust to our new normal, we asked Scott McKenna, a MetLife recruiter, to provide insights into virtual interviewing and to see what tips he has to offer candidates.

Q. What are some benefits to interviewing virtually that candidates can look forward to?

A. There are many benefits to virtually interviewing. You do not need to travel to the company site so you can spend more time preparing for the actual interview. Also, you will be able to easily share documents, website information and other online materials to  showcase your background. 

Q. What should candidates do to prepare for a virtual interview?

A. Make sure to allow yourself time to prepare. Ensure your camera and audio are functioning correctly by testing them prior to the interview. The light source should be in front of you and the computer should be at eye level so you are not looking down into the computer. Also, take a look behind you to make sure that there are minimal objects in the frame; a blank wall is preferable.

During the interview, you should look directly into the camera at the person you are meeting with instead of looking at yourself on the screen - and also ensure there is nothing that will distract the interviewer. If family members or pets are in the household at the time, try to find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Additionally, it is important to dress in business appropriate attire.

Q. What are your top 3 tips for candidates who are virtually interviewing?

  1. Treat the interview in the same professional manner as you would an in-person meeting.
  2. Do your homework - research the company and the role you are interviewing for and prepare a few thoughtful questions.
  3. Things may go awry during virtual interviews (technology issues, interruptions, etc.) Try to relax, and keep in mind that the way you handle any unexpected issues during the interview can reflect how you might handle unexpected work situations.