The world is rapidly changing, which means the interview process is too. DaVita SOURCE is here to help prepare you to interview with future employers in a digital world.

Know the technology – Before the interview, it’s essential to know the technology you’ll be using. Once you have been informed of which platform the practice is using for your interview, follow these steps:

  • Download and install the platform’s application
  • Create a login and password
  • Log in to the application and explore its features
  • Test your camera and microphone are working
  • Check your Wifi connection
  • Consider a trial run with a friend or colleague

Look the part – Even though you will be meeting virtually, it’s essential to treat the interview as if it were in person. Not only will you need to look professional, but the atmosphere around you matters too.

  • Dress professionally and wear neutral colors that will not distract the interviewer (no pajamas!)
  • Style hair in professional matter
  • Be in a neutral background – with natural elements such as plants or minimal decor
  • Position yourself in a well-lit room – preferably with natural light so the interviewer can see your face
  • Minimize distractions
    • Set your phone to do not disturb
    • Exit out of all other applications on your computer
    • Set up in a quiet place with minimal background noise
    • Pets/family/roommates should be out of the room and will not walk in during the interview
  • Keep a notebook and pen nearby – use this to take any notes or important information, it can be distracting to the interviewer to toggle screens and take notes on your computer

During the interview – Maintain your confidence and composure. Even if you are not comfortable with technology, treat the interview as if you were sitting right in front of the employer with these tips:

  • Look directly into the camera, not the screen – this makes it look as if you are making eye contact with the interviewer instead of looking down, which is how you appear if you look at the screen
  • Keep it short – it can be hard to keep the attention of the interviewer during a virtual interview, so keep your responses concise and to the point
  • Maintain enthusiasm and energy – it can be difficult to convey energy through a screen, but by fluctuating your voice tone and using facial expressions, you can seem excited and confident
  • Prepare thoughtful questions and express your interest in the job
  • End the interview by thanking the interviewer for his/her time and asking the interviewer to reach out to you with any additional questions

Interviewing in the digital age can be new and challenging, but DaVita SOURCE can help you prepare. If you have further questions about employment or your job search, please take a look at our other blog posts or email us at physicianjobs@davita.com.