Tips For Virtual Interviews In Covid Era

1. Show your best professional side while at home.

As the video call is an open window to your home it is really important that you ensure that you have a tidy room, neutral background, regulate the lights, and inform people (and pets) sharing your habitation that you won’t be available at a set timeslot. If you are using an application like Zoom you can use a virtual background to hide details about the location as well as people or kids that can enter the screen range.

2. Check your software, microphone, and camera.

Before starting the interview, check if you have the right software i.e. Whatsapp, Skype, Zoom on your device to match with the one you are using for the interview. Test it out long before the meeting and check it again a few minutes before it. Assess the clarity of your voice through the microphone. Use a headset if the quality is better. Avoid any noisy disturbances. Check the quality of the camera and how you appear on the screen. Hearing along with sight are the only senses you can use to make a good first impression, so make sure to take care of them.

3. Practical tips to conduct a virtual interview.

  • Use a normal screen and not your mobile as you will see the reactions and be able to react better.
  • Place the camera in a horizontal line to your eyes; don’t put it too low.
  • Look to the point where the camera is located or to the middle of your screen.
  • Make sure you have a good internet connection or WIFI.
  • Do not react when not necessary.

4. Dress to impress.

It takes about 7 seconds to make a first impression. As you cannot shake hands, the first point of judgement becomes the way you are dressed. Dress smartly so that the company can see you made an effort and are interested.

5. Prepare yourself to speak in front of a camera.

Looking and speaking in front of a computer might be challenging for many of us, as we are not used to doing so. Remember, it is the same for both parties this is a new way for everyone.

 6. Have relevant questions to ask and do your research  

Make sure that you have a few questions to ask that are relevant to the role you are doing and the company you have applied to such as What training do you provide? What is the internal opportunities like?

7. Ensure you smile

No matter what during these difficult times for all, a smile is the one thing that translate your positivity and suitability for the role so ensure you continue to smile throughout the interview.

During these difficult times, the Healthcare industry, have been called upon to ensure that we can protect our most vulnerable in society and be able to provide top quality care to them while in the comfort of their own homes.

It is our role in recruitment to ensure that we source Healthcare Assistants that see our vision of quality care to the client in everything that we do.

During this pandemic, Comfort Keepers have had to change how we meet candidates and I wanted to share some tips for candidates interviewing for roles in Healthcare to ensure that they have the best opportunity to showcase themselves as they would if we were meeting them face to face.

In Comfort Keepers we provide virtual interviews with you through a series of platforms such as Whatsapp video, Skype etc so that you are kept safe and can interview at a time that suits you from the comfort of your home.

We also offer some of the most competitive rates on the market to ensure that only the best Healthcare Assistants come and work with us.

– €11.50 – €12 per hour Monday – Friday

– 12.50 – 13.00 per hour Saturday

– 14.65 – 15.25 per hour Sunday and Bank Holidays

– Double BH per hour on Christmas Day

Along with a number of other benefits such as free access to completing QQI awards, flexible hours, on-call support, access to our online training hub, refer a friend scheme €500 One4All voucher, EAP programme, Full PPE provided, Employee of Month and year awards and many more.

This is your perfect opportunity to contact the recruitment team to learn more about working with Comfort Keepers and getting a virtual recruitment interview scheduled for you.

I look forward to meeting you, virtually for now, and seeing you put these tips into action.

Edel Morrissey

Recruitment Manager
Edel Morrissey