8 Tips for Acing Virtual Job Interviews

Know What You Need to Succeed When a Firm Handshake Isn't Possible

Online Job Interviews More Common Than Ever

Organizations interested in reaching a diverse applicant pool are finding it easier than ever to search well beyond their backyards for ideal employees. Thanks to technology, a growing number of companies are using virtual interview software and applications to screen the field of contenders without spending loads of time and money on travel. A virtual interview allows employers and candidates to "meet" and interact using video, instant messaging programs, and web-conferencing services. 

Whether you're participating in an in-person or virtual interview your goal is the same -- to make a lasting impression that earns you a subsequent interview. Yet virtual interviews present unique challenges, including use of technology, management of setting, and the ability to effectively show enthusiasm and interest, sell your qualifications, and send the right "vibe" in the absence of in-person interaction.

This article shares eight tips that will help you navigate the virtual interview, putting you in the best light instead of making you look like a deer in headlights.