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TIPS & TRENDS

How to Prep for a Virtual Interview

BY ERIN BRADY
GLOBAL TEAM LEAD,
BENNETT INTERNATIONAL
EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANCY
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hether it's for school or for a job, the interview is a vital part
of the application process because it's a chance for both the
interviewee and the organization to get to know each other
and figure out whether there's a good fit. A virtual interview
adds another layer of complexity. Here's how to best to prep
for a virtual interview.

* Test out your audio and video before the interview. Make
sure you can be heard and that the camera angle makes it easy to see you. Choose a
background that is not distracting.

* Manners still apply! You can't offer a virtual handshake, but you can introduce yourself with a smile and greet the interviewer by name. Sign off at the end with a "thank
you" and polite goodbye.
* Do research on the school or organization before the interview, and prepare questions
about programs of interest or the position to demonstrate your genuine interest.
* Be ready to talk about your different strengths. They could be in academics, sports
and personal hobbies, or awards received and years of experience. Also be ready to
talk about your relative weaknesses or challenges.
* Show, don't tell. Be sure to provide details and not just facts. For example, use words
to draw a visual picture of a major project you completed and what you enjoyed about
it, or describe a particular passion, such as sports or music.
* It's fine to have some notes, but don't rely on them too much. Refrain from memorizing answers. Be yourself!
* If you have technical difficulties-for example, your internet goes down or your computer battery dies-don't panic. Call or email your contact to explain what happened
and reschedule your interview.
* After your interview, be sure to drop a note of thanks to the interviewer. Express how
excited you would be to be a part of his or her organization.

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