5 Ways to Impress in a Virtual Staffing Job Interview

Posted on Nov 08, 2017 by admin

There are never any guarantees that any job interview – whether you do well in it or not – will land you the job. Sometimes, there’s just someone more qualified and suitable for the position. However, you can greatly increase your chances of landing that dream job, all by being prepared and knowing how best to present yourself.

It doesn’t matter whether your job is over Skype or in person – for a virtual staffing position or in a physical location; every interview technique counts. Within this article, we will show you five ways you can impress in a virtual staffing job interview.

Research the business

Believe it or not, plenty of people turn up to job interviews not knowing much about the business they could be working for. This potentially could be the biggest mistake you could make in a job interview. If you’ve reached the interview stage for a virtual assistant position, you need to ensure you know as much as you can about the business. It doesn’t matter if your interview is on Skype or in person, the same rules apply.

When researching the business, you need to know:

  • A brief history of the business – how long it has been around for.
  • What products and services the business offers – including any leading brands.
  • How big the team is.
  • Who you will be answering to if you are successful in your bid for the job.
  • Who the general manager, CEO or owner is.
  • The message, morals or values the business stands for.
  • What your job description is – what you would be doing within the company if you are successful.

Without basic knowledge about the business or company, you run the risk of not being able to answer a question, or being able to provide examples of how your skill set can benefit the business.

One of the main questions asked in any job interview is “what is our business all about?”

Failure to answer this can ultimately see your name scratched off the list of potential employees.

Dress to impress

It doesn’t matter if your interview is via video or in person, you should always dress to impress. However, it pays to know the kind of role you will be working in. This can ultimately help you decide on your attire. You don’t want to dress for a formal occasion, but you do want to dress how you generally would in an office environment.

For men:

  • Tidy facial hair
  • A dress shirt
  • Dress pants
  • Dress shoes
  • A casual/formal jacket
  • Cologne (not too strong)

For women:

  • Tidy hairstyle – avoid wearing it out if it’s windy on your way to the interview
  • Dress pants or a tidy skirt or dress
  • A dress shirt
  • Blazer
  • Basic jewellery and/or a light layer of makeup
  • Perfume (not too strong)


The best virtual assistant is one who can smile and make clients feel at ease. So where better to present your smiley disposition than at your first interview? First impressions do count, and if you’re sporting a scowl that could scare off a wild animal, you more than likely will not land the job.

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, scary and overwhelming at best. But you can’t let that show. As the old saying goes: fake it ‘til you make it.

Plant the smile on your face before you meet with the interviewer and try to believe it. Fortunately, many business owners or heads of department are aware of how daunting a job interview can be. Some counteract this by making the interview process relaxing, and sometimes even humorous. That can help you provide a genuine smile – not one that’s masking genuine terror.

Unfortunately, many people lose out on jobs purely because they didn’t let their personality shine through. Although it can be hard to do so in unfamiliar territory, you have to remind yourself that a change in facial expression can be all it takes to land that virtual administrative assistant position.

Be aware of your body language

When you’re feeling nervous, angry, sad, or happy, your body can do some weird and wonderful things. The most important thing is to be aware of those quirks, and ensure they aren’t prominent in a job interview! For example, if you’re feeling unsure or nervous (as you would in a job interview), you can often fold your arms without realizing you’re doing it. Unfortunately, folded arms are often seen as being closed off emotionally, guarded or unwilling to be open. You may only be feeling nervous, but it can be perceived in a totally different way. Some people play with their face or hair when they’re feeling nervous. Although you only feel nervous, it can present you as someone who is flighty, dithery, too relaxed or uninterested in the job.

The same can be said for those who pick their nails, tap their feet, play with their sleeves or flail their arms about unnecessarily. Although they’re all signs that you’re nervous, they also just don’t put you in a good light. This is why you need to be aware of what you’re doing.

To counteract bad body language, you can:

  • Cross your legs to avoid tapping your feet.
  • Clasp your hands together on your knees or legs to avoid fiddling with clothing, hair or your face.
  • Use your hands to show expression when you speak.
  • Choose a position within the room (if applicable) that can hide any weird body movements. If there’s a table, choose the side opposite the interviewer.

Say Yes

There are two things you should be saying ‘yes’ to in the job interview, aside from being asked if you want the job! Firstly, you should be saying ‘yes’ to a drink. Whether it’s water, tea, or coffee, it can give you something to do with your hands. It can also be used strategically. If you’re struggling to answer a question, take a sip in order to buy time to come up with an answer. This can help avoid awkward silences. If you’re generally the kind of person who can’t finish a full cup of tea or coffee and don’t want to be rude, opt for water. If you think you will need to use the bathroom midway through the interview if you say yes to a drink, once again, opt for water.

Secondly, you should be saying yes to the interviewer if they ask if you have any questions for them. Even if you have gone through your job description with a fine-tooth comb and everything has been answered, try to come up with something anyway.

Failure to ask questions can reflect poorly. It can make the interviewer believe you’re not interested in finding out more.

If you’re stuck for questions, here are some basic options:

  • What do you see for the future of this company or business?
  • If successful, will I be getting handover from someone in this position before me?
  • Is this a new position?
  • When does the successful applicant find out whether they get the job?
  • How many staff members make up your team?

Job interviews can be overwhelming and sometimes downright terrifying. But they don’t have to be.

Are you an interviewer? What do you expect from people you are interviewing? Have you had a nightmare of a job interview? If you’ve got an interview experience to share, we would love to hear about it! Get in touch!

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