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Acing Your Virtual Interview


As everyone adjusts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are still hiring, and candidates are still interviewing. For those who are job searching while stay-at-home orders are in place and companies are working remotely, they will need to be prepared for a new interview process. While video interviews aren’t a new thing, most people aren’t accustomed to only virtual interviews before being presented with a job offer. We have created a guide for video interviewing that will help you feel confident navigating the virtual process!

Preparing for your interview:

  • Prepare as if you are scheduled for an in-person interview, as the same questions and flow should ensue.
  • Prepare questions to ask ahead of time and write them down.
  • You may not be able to experience the physical environment of the company, so make sure you prepare questions about their culture and workspace.
  • Eat a good meal ahead of time, get enough sleep the night before, and get ready as if you are leaving for an offsite interview.

Dressing for a video interview:

  • Dress like you are going onsite for an interview - you will not only look professional, but you will feel professional which will help you be in the right frame of mind.
  • Avoid dressing in bright clothing and patterns. You want them to focus on what you are saying, and not be distracted by your outfit.
  • Wear light makeup and minimal jewelry.

Managing your environment:

  • Pay attention to the room you are in, and make sure it’s conducive for an interview. You should have muted walls, a clean space, and few personal items in sight.
  • Make sure you won’t have any interruptions or distractions during the interview.
  • Check the lighting in your room through your camera to ensure they will be able to see you well.
  • Make sure your microphone is working.
  • Use your camera self-view to preview how they will be viewing you and adjust as necessary. It should not be zoomed too far in or out.

During the interview:

  • Speak and act as natural as possible so they see the same version of you as if you were there in person.
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera, have good posture and speak clear.
  • Remember they can view you at all times, so be aware of body language and facial expressions.
  • Minimize distractions and unnecessary background noises - music, tapping a pen, animals, etc.
  • Smile and make sure they see your true personality!