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Any tips on virtual interviews?

I'm a sophomore accounting major. It will be a PWC internship and I am a first generation student being both fluent in English and Spanish. #student #internships

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Ksenia’s Answer

Hi Rafael,

Great question! It's very smart of you to learn more about how to prepare for the interview in this new reality.

I would suggest the following:

1) Find out what software you'll use and test it beforehand with your family and friends. Learn how to mute/unmute, share the screen, etc. Learn how to use the mobile app in case your wi-fi breaks. Prepare headphones/headset for a better quality of the sound. Charge all your devices. You don't need extra stress on interview day :)

2) You don't have the second chance to make a first impression: look neat and professional, business casual dress-code will work great. Choose neutral background. Provide enough light to make your face visible. Make sure there are no sounds in the room. Camera of your laptop/computer should be in front of your eyes (not below because it will create an impression you're looking down on the recruiter which doesn't feel good).

3) Video interview do not allow to read body language well enough so if you need to make some notes during the interview - let recruiters know that you'll be doing it so you'll have to look down sometimes (you don't want them to think you're distracted or not interested when not looking into the camera).

4) You might want to go an extra mile and prepare your portfolio in ppt or video format which will feature your key accomplishments related to the position you're interviewing for. This is something not so many people still do but it always creates an amazing impression on the recruiters.

Wishing you the best of luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you ! Those are some great tips you just gave me and will really incorporate them in my interview ! Rafael
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Fernando’s Answer

Just like any interview go with a calm mind. Treat the interview as if it were a conversation, don't be afraid to mingle a bit with the interviewer. In terms of the virtual aspect, makes sure the room is well lit. Be mindful of any noise that can be picked up by the microphone. If you live with roommates be sure to make it clear at what time the interview is taking place, so as not to be disturbed. Keep the camera nice and centered on you. Be confident when answering questions and don't be afraid to highlight your strengths and expertise.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! Appreciate the time and help. I will focus on practicing being calm and myself throughout the interview. Rafael
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Simeon’s Answer

I'd recommend talking about your background and unique stories that you have. PwC has a storytelling culture, so if you have a unique one, it will definitely catch the attention of your interviewer.
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Calm and focused, and watch out for a pet peeve of many interviewers - eye contact - make certain you are not looking at the screen, but at the camera if a video interview. Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you ! Rafael
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Nikki’s Answer

Do you have a career center at your college? That can be a great resource when preparing for interviews.

My university offers the opportunity to do mock interviews with a career advisor to prepare for virtual interviews. If this is available to you, it would be a great way to practice and figure out what to work on before your interview. If your school does not offer this, maybe you could do a mock interview with a friend or family member.

Good luck! I hope your interview(s) go well!!
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Hoi Khee’s Answer

Hi All! It's a very good question especially during this pandemic timing. Understandable that everyone of us are more towards to technology life as well since we want to reduce F2F activities to overcome the pandemic. Below are some tips for virtual interview as what I applied:

1. Be prepared - No matter on what questions that interviewers will ask or even technical part. Make sure you are familiar with the online tools that you are going to use during the interview. Have a strong internet connections and clean background as all this will increase the efficiency of interview progress.

2. Well-dressed - Even having virtual interview, we might also need to dress up nicely and professionally as the first impression is very important to the interviewer.

3. Eye contact - Do not read the script when answering the questions. Many of us might have prepared a script and displaying at the scene, but it will cause no eye contact if we keep reading it and not looking at the camera. Thus, a script is for our mentally prepared but not necessary for us to read accordingly.
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Anthony’s Answer

Hey Rafael,

Here are some tips for you:

1) Get clear on the details - platform you will be using, time zone, start time, etc.

2) Have your documents propped up next to the computer so that you can look off from the screen, not down in your lap.

3) Ensure that the background is neutral and the area where you are is quiet

4) Make sure that the only time you should be interrupted is if there is a 911 emergency

5) DRESS UP

6) Start off strong

7) Have impeccable manners (say please and thank you)

8) Make sure there is excitement in your voice

9) Talk slowly

10) Actively listen

11) Jot down important notes

12) Send a thank you note

13) Follow up if you don't hear back

Wishing you all the best
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the helpful tips ! Rafael
Thank you comment icon You are welcome sir. Anthony Sharp - The Edutainer (HE He/Him/His)
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