If you are currently looking for employment you’ve already felt the swift change in technology while applying for jobs. No longer are you going door to door to fill out, by hand, applications or faxing in your resume to employers. Most of you are applying via online job boards and just as soon as you apply for the role you may be receiving an immediate turn down email. You just experienced the employer’s applicant tracking system that scanned your resume and categorized you as unqualified for the position. The recruiter never even looked at your application because the system deemed you unqualified based on keywords the recruiter embedded in the application.

Technology has made a recruiter’s job almost obsolete and a lot easier. I write in “The Recruiting Snitch” how to understand and how to navigate the application process, so if you are interested in learning about the application stage order your copy at www.recruitingsnitch.com.
Some companies are hiring hundreds of people at a time and only have 1 or 2 recruiters on staff. The recruiter may be working on 50+ openings at one time that mean they have hundreds to thousands of applications to look through weekly. Virtual interviewing is the new wave of technology that helps recruiters sift through those applicants and find the “gold” for their company.

HireVue is one of those companies that provide this awesome technology to many large Corporations across the country. So if you are interested in working for WalMart, Ocean Spray, Dow Jones, CDQ, Warner Chilcott, LivingSocial, Geico, Dunkin’ Donuts, Red Bull, or United Health Group you may come across a virtual interview.

After you apply for a position, if the applicant tracking system likes what is on your resume or recruiters views your resume and is interested in the next steps, you will receive an email that will have a link to conduct a virtual interview.

So just like that, you received an interview. The cool thing about this technology is it just saved the recruiter and company time in getting a hold of you, playing phone tag, conducting a phone screen, and scheduling an interview. You see, it just cut out all that process in 1 email.
So now what? Now is your time to ace that virtual interview! Let’s get started on the top 5 things you must do in order to ace your virtual interview.

1. Get prepared- I know when you get the email informing you that you received a virtual interview you are excited so your first reaction is to click on the link and start the interview. Pump your breaks! Just like a face to face interview you must prepare. Research the company a head of time and review the job description. Be prepared to answer the questions I blogged about in “How to Answer Common Job Interview Questions”.

2. Test your computer-HireVue’s technology is compatible with most computers and systems. Prior to starting your interview, check your internet connectivity, audio (speaker and microphone), and your camera. If you don’t have a camera on your computer and don’t have access to get one, HireVue will ship you a camera, how cool is that?!

3. Check your environment-Chose a place in your home where you have little distractions, is quite, and the background of your interview is a wall or easy to the eye. You want the person who is watching your interview to be focused on you and what you are saying, not something going on in the background. Also, be sure there is plenty of lighting, your face should be very clear.

4. Dress appropriately– Since you are in the comfort of your own home you may feel less inclined to dress in professional attire. News flash, this is an interview, so the same attire rules apply. Where a business suit and look as if you were walking in to the company for a face to face interview.

5. Mind your mannerisms-When you are conducting a virtual interview everything you do is magnified. Your hand movements, how you fix your hair, your eye movement, how you blink, and what you do with your mouth. The best thing to do is sit up straight, keep your hands down on your desk, smile the entire time, and keep your eyes focused on the computer.

In the world of technology you must be able to adapt to these new ways of applying for a job and interviewing for a job. Throughout the next few years I guarantee you will see more and more companies using virtual interviewing to find their employees, after all, it saves them time and money, so it’s a win for everyone.

By following these 5 tips you should be more prepared and perform better when you are faced with a virtual interview. To learn more about interviewing and other secrets on how to land your dream job order “The Recruiting Snitch” today!