A virtual interview leverages video technology to allow a discussion to take place remotely. Although virtual interviews were being done, the spread of COVID-19 has made this the standard for most communications, medical education included.

The tools required for this type of meeting typically require a computer with a built-in or external video camera and microphone, a reliable internet connection, and headphones if desired. PC’s don’t come with this technology built in.

Test your technology

As technology and communications expand, so too does the medical field. Tele-health is gaining mainstream function, so brushing up on, or building your tech skills is not only essential for an interview but is one of the top competencies’ employers look for in new talent.

Avoid potential technical glitches by testing your equipment before the call. If your video conferencing software produces grainy visuals or muffled audio, it might be time to invest in an external webcam or microphone. You should also secure your internet connection. Nothing stifles conversation quite like a call dropped mid-persuasion point.

Keep your virtual identity professional

Presentation is key. While virtual interviews allow for communications remotely, this should not mean less effort should be exerted on looking professional. This extends for usernames and emails as well; keep them simple. Try different combinations of your first, middle and last name. Avoid using numbers one and zero, as they look like letters depending on the font.

Dress for success

Dress as if you’re going to an in-person interview. Wear business attire and still to neutral tones. Avoid overpowering patterns or accessories. You should be the focus of the interview, not your wardrobe.

Create a set

The backdrop of your interview also should not be flashy or overpowering. Keep it neutral and simple, as to not distract the interviewers. A simple, clean space will convey to the interviewers that your detail-oriented and organized. Check your lighting. Sitting near a window will produce a clear image of you.

Remove distractions

Eliminate personal distractions on your end such as pets, noise, children, the television and your housemates. Ask your housemates to hold their communication with you until after the interview. While you cannot plan for every distraction, the more prepared you are, the better you will showcase your strengths.

At Residents Medical, we can help you prepare you for your virtual medical residency interview by ensuring you are the main focus of the interview.