Okay, so the world isn’t quite our oyster under the current global health crisis. However, when lockdown is finally lifted in whatever form that may be, we are all just going to have to “get on with it” in a new normal world. Virtual interviews are becoming increasing popular especially if you are seeking hospitality job opportunities abroad, the most convenient way to interview is via SKYPE o Zoom on the internet.

Fewer international recruiters will travel to South Africa to conduct face-to-face interviews, so your virtual interview may be your only opportunity to sell yourself and your skills set to prospective employers. It is important to prepare for your interview with an international recruiter. Here are few tips you might find useful to make sure your potential employer will be impressed.

Check your internet connection

It is very important that the audio and video on Skype or Zoom will be working when your potential employer calls you. All checks should be done prior to the interview. Sign in earlier and have a chat with your hospitality recruitment agency or a friend to make sure that they can see and hear you clearly.

Look and Dress like you mean it

Dress code during the virtual interview is as important as a traditional interview, so ensure that you make the effort to dress and look the part. Take the same level of care with your personal appearance as you would in attending a face-to-face interview, especially when applying for front of house positions in hospitality and restaurants. Avoid wearing bright distracting colours.

Be aware of what is around you

The camera is not only showing your face but also everything else that is in your interviewing room. Make sure that it looks neat and tidy and that no external noise is disturbing your conversation. Interviewing in a location where a lot of people are distracting you, such as an internet café is not a great idea but sometimes cannot be avoided. Do all you can to find a quiet place with good light. You can control your surroundings and you have time to prepare the location, so make the most of it.

Practice makes perfect

If you are not a Skype expert, practice with your recruitment agent or friends. Make sure you are looking into the camera on your device and are not distracted. Smile and sit up straight to make a positive impression. Body language in virtual interviews is paramount! Speak clearly and with confidence.

Pick the right device

Make sure you are sitting down and your device is still. The best is to have the interview done through a laptop or a tablet which will enable you to sit comfortably and make notes when required. Keep a paper and pen handy!

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