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Virtual Job Interview Tips to Boost Your Confidence


August 14, 2020


5 min

Woman actively engaging in a virtual job interview.

Within just a matter of months, the entire world has changed. The way we do business has shifted and so has the job market. If you are one of the many individuals on the hunt for a new job in 2020, then you probably know things look a little different. In-person interviews are quickly becoming a thing of the past and many people are even starting jobs from their home office.

Aside from a quicker commute, there are some major differences when it comes to virtual job interviews. And if you’ve never had experience with one, you might be a little apprehensive about how to prepare for a virtual interview. Take a deep breath and use our virtual interview tips to help you regain your confidence and get the job!

10 Virtual Interview Tips

In general, when it comes to virtual interviews, you can expect that they will follow a similar format to a traditional in-person interview and your preparation should generally be the same. However, the digital aspect changes some things and so in order to nail the job, you must be ready for anything. Use the tips below to help put your mind at ease and make sure you put your best foot forward. 

  1. Test Your Technology – The second you receive the invite for a Zoom, Skype, or Google meeting you need to test your technology. Make sure your internet is working properly, your camera is connected and pointed in the right direction and that your microphone is working. Download any necessary updates or applications to make things as seamless as possible.
  2. Plan Your Background – If you are sitting in the middle of your living room with the television on, you can bet it will be a distraction to a future employer. Instead of giving them a private tour of your home, set your laptop up in a quiet, neutral space with limited distractions.
  3. Dress for Success – While you most likely only be seen from the waist up, you still need to dress for the job you want. Being at home doesn’t mean the interview will be casual. Dress as you would if you were showing up for the interview in-person.
  4. Bring Notes – One of the best things about a virtual interview is that you can prep a little more thoughtfully. Have talking points outlined on a note pad in front of you so that if you find yourself stumbling through a question, you can quickly recover.
  5. Show Your Confidence – While you won’t get to show off the killer handshake you’ve been mastering, there are still ways to show off your confidence virtually. Sit up tall, dress for success, and maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Make sure you look engaged and pay attention to your body language.
  6. Eliminate Distractions – If you know your dog is going to bark when the mailman approaches your house, let your dog outside before you start your virtual interview. If you’re expecting a delivery, leave a note to have them leave the package at the door. Do whatever you can to limit any distractions during the interview.
  7. Do Your Research – As with any job interview, make sure you do your due diligence. Look at the company’s website, read some blog posts from the company, and have a working knowledge of the business.
  8. Make a Connection – One of the advantages of having a virtual interview is that you can get a small glimpse into the interviewer’s life. You might see photos in the background or awards. Don’t be afraid to make a connection based on shared interests.
  9. Follow-Up – Again, just because the interview is virtual doesn’t mean you shouldn’t value the interviewer’s time. Send a follow-up email thanking them for the opportunity and providing any relevant additional information.
  10. Be Yourself – Don’t let the computer screen take away your personality. Be yourself, smile, and try to look as comfortable as you can. Doing a virtual interview shows you are flexible, lean into it.

Ultimately, the key to success in a virtual job interview is preparation. Avoid procrastinating until the last minute knowing there is no commute time. Respect the process and treat it as you would an in-person interview. And most importantly, be confident!

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