Virtual interviews add extra challenges to the interview process such as managing video technology and conveying a positive image through a virtual space. How can you conquer technology, exude confidence, and make a lasting impression on your interviewers?
Consider the following tips:
Technology and Environment
- Familiarize yourself with the virtual platform. Whether your interviewer asks you to use Skype, ooVoo, Zoom, or another system, test it before your interview. Do you need to install new software on your computer? Make sure to test system functions before the interview. Ask a tech savvy friend or family member to practice with you if possible.
- Check your computer and internet connectivity. A reliable internet connection, working microphone and speakers, and functioning webcam will help you avoid technology glitches. If you are using a headset, make sure it is plugged in and working properly. Finally, close all other computer applications during your interview.
- Set your stage. Position your webcam toward a neutral background and add extra
lighting to brighten your video image. Unclutter your desk, organize your notes, and choose a quiet space to minimize distractions.
Presentation and Delivery
- Focus on professionalism. Check how you appear in front of the camera. For example, multi-color patterns and shiny jewelry may be especially distracting on video. Instead, select neutral colors and professional business attire.
- Pay attention to body language. To make a positive impression, look straight at the camera, remember to smile often, and remain still without fidgeting. Since you are “on camera,” avoid glancing downward and shifting away from the screen.
Practice Virtual Interviewing Using OptimalResume
- Record virtual interview questions. Did you know that OptimalResume offers an Interview Prep module that you can use to practice interviewing skills in a virtual environment? Use this tool to record your video and review your responses. Do you come across as confident, knowledgeable, and friendly? Build your virtual interviewing skills for a flawless delivery.
Want to learn more about interviews?
Visit the Career Services Center’s Interviewing tab to watch our Interview Strategies video and gain essential tips to ace your interview.
Written by Dina Bergren, Associate Director of Career Services
(Adapted from the Career Services Center’s Interviewing tab)