Virtual Interview: How to put Your Best Foot Forward

Brush up on your interview questions and dust off your webcam. It’s time to prepare for your virtual interview. Make a lasting impression that will help you start your career.

Congratulations on landing your virtual interview! But that’s only half the battle. Now you need to get set up and make sure you’re ready for the big day. With our tips for a successful interview, you’ll definitely impress recruiters and start your dream job.

What is a Virtual Interview?

Are you picturing an interview taking place via video call? Well that’s exactly what it is. It can be one-on-one or through a panel interview. You’ll have a set time as to when it will take place. These aren’t only for remote jobs. Many recruiters rely on a virtual interview before they meet up with candidates for their final interview face-to-face.

Setting up for Your Virtual Interview

Ready to press “join” and get started? Well hold on a second. You need to set up first. Since you won’t be heading to an office where everything is prepared for you, you need to do all the preparations yourself. So get set for success with our helpful tips below:

Choose a Spot

Where you sit during an interview matters. Make sure you choose a background or wall that won’t be too distracting or unprofessional. If possible, try facing a window for natural light. In this way, the recruiter will see you clearly.

Get the Technical Requirements in Check

Your top priority is getting your technology ready. You need to get the necessary hardware you will need. Don’t stress, you don’t need to get the latest  tech. But they have to work and be up-to-date to avoid any technical difficulties. You should have:

  • A stable internet connection
  • Laptop/ computer
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

Make Sure There are no Distractions

Distractions can happen at any time. So get them cleared up beforehand. Switch off all electronics and put your phone on silent mode to avoid calls and notifications. Inform family and friends to ensure no one walks in on your interview.

Have all Your Documents Ready

So you’ve already sent all your documents along with your application. Should you still have them ready? The answer is yes. If the interviewer wants to refer to any of it, then you will have it right there next to you.

Install the Right Video Call Software

The interview will take place via video call. So it’s best to install the right software before you get started. This includes Zoom and Google Meet. But to avoid any delays, ask the interviewer which software they will use in advance.

Guy talking into his laptop. Virtual Interview: How to put Your Best Foot Forward

How to Put Your Best Foot Forward in Your Virtual Interview

Now that you’ve got the set up, it’s time to make sure you land the spot at your dream company. Remember, it’s almost exactly the same as being at an interview face-to-face. So don’t be too nervous. Use our tips on how to put your best foot forward. 

Dress for Success

If you want the part, you need to look the part. So make sure you dress professionally. Don’t overdo it though. Keep it simple with a shirt or blouse and you’ll be good to go.

Early Bird Gets the job

You need to make a good first impression. So don’t start off by keeping the interviewers waiting. Get ready ahead of time. Open the video call link while you wait on the recruiter to get started.

Stay Professional

When you’re at home, you’ll be in your comfort zone. But make sure you don’t get too comfortable. Remember to stay professional. Keep eye contact and have a positive attitude.

Prepare for Common Interview Questions

Want to give the best answers? Then make sure you prepare common interview questions. This includes talking about your weaknesses and where you see yourself in five years.

Be Confident

We understand that you might feel anxious. But you need to be confident in yourself. If you allow your nerves to take over, you could end up making preventable mistakes.

Practice Makes Perfect

A trial run of your virtual interview is a great way to prepare for this special day. You’ll be able to practise your answers and test your equipment. This way you’ll spot any issues ahead of time.

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Last Updated: August 4, 2022

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