How to ace a virtual interview and work from home

How companies are adjusting during pandemic
Posted at 7:03 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 22:10:03-04

TUCSON, AZ — In our continuing series on the Rebound of Arizona, we take a look a how the job market is changing and going virtual all across the country. According to a recent Gallup poll at least 62 percent of Americans have worked from home during the coronavirus crisis. It's changing how people work and how employers are hiring new workers.

While some are working from home others are looking for new jobs online because of the coronavirus pandemic and they're heading to sites like indeed and linked in for job posts and information.

Paul Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources with Indeed, says employers are looking at more options for workers adding that virtual interviews are here to stay.

"There are a lot of positive things that we hope companies will being back into the workforce. This big forced social experiment has opened up a lot of businesses up to the ability of people working from home and that work can still happen," Wolfe said.

New Gallup poll says 3 out of 5 Americans who are working from home want to keep it that way.Wolf adds that employees are looking for a better work-life balance

"We've got five generations in the workforce for the first time. All of those generations talk about wanting more flexibility. Whether it's flexibility because I have young children or have a parent I'm taking care of or other things going on," Wolfe said.

KGUN 9 checked with both Indeed and Linkedin and we're told you should prepare for virtual interviews the same way you would for in-person interviews. It's also a good idea to test your technology before the interview. Download apps like Zoom, Skype, and Teams and make sure they work. Keep your computer at eye level to maintain good eye contact. Another important point is to find a quiet and calm space to hold your interview.

"Make sure you have some good lighting. Again it has been proven that working from home can happen," Wolfe said.

Here are some sites to check out for virtual interviews and working from home: