How to Prepare for a Virtual Interview
Do your research.
Whether it’s a remote or in-person interview, you should always do some research on the company and the role you are interviewing for beforehand. Additionally, if you know who you are meeting with, try to get a better sense of their professional background as well as their role within the organization.
Print your resume.
It’s better to keep your resume next to you to reference instead of flipping between different browsers on your monitor, which may indicate to your interviewer that you are not paying attention. The same goes for typing during an interview. If you would like to take notes, writing them down can be much less distracting than hearing you typing on the keyboard.
Find a quiet room free from distractions.
It’s important to stay engaged and focused during your interview. Loud noises, like music and people talking for example, will not only be distracting for you but can also cause feedback through video calls and be distracting to your interviewer.
Test your technology.
Check that your camera, speakers, Wi-Fi, and video conferencing platforms (Zoom, Skype, Teams, etc.) are all working properly to ensure you do not run into any connection or technology issues during the interview.
Even though it’s a virtual interview, it is still important to treat the interview as you would if it were in-person. Dressing for the part, practicing appropriate body language, and maintaining eye contact all show that you are focused, engaged, and confident.