Top 5 virtual interview tips for the class of 2021


Like everything else this year, interviews are looking a little different than they used to. Instead of sitting in the Human Resources department, waiting for your interviewer to come and get you, you’ll likely be sitting in front of your own computer! Does that mean the interview will be more casual? Nope. Even though the format is different, your goal is still to show your interviewer you’re the best person for the job. Here are some tips to nail the virtual interview.

  • Prep your space. Choose somewhere quiet to do your interview where you won’t be interrupted by roommates, family members or pets. Have helpful documents on hand such as your resumé, the job posting, and any important notes about the organization. Also keep a glass of water nearby in case you need to take a sip during the interview.

  • Test your tech. Before the day of the interview, make sure you have the required meeting software installed on your computer. If you’ve never used the platform before, practice with a friend so you can get comfortable with the technology. Also test your camera and microphone to check that they’re working properly.

  • Treat this like an in-person interview. Be at your computer ready to go at least 15 minutes early, and put your phone on silent. Even though you might be calling in from the comfort of your own home, you still need to dress the part… from head to toe. You don’t want to be caught wearing sweatpants if you need to get up during the meeting!

  • Look at them, not you. As tempting as it may be to look at your own screen, try to look at the camera as much as possible in order to maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s) — and don’t forget to smile!

  • Stuff happens. No matter how hard we try, technology can still find ways to fail us. Your internet connection might drop, your computer might freeze or shut down — we’ve all experienced these mishaps at one point or another while working remotely. At the start of the meeting, ask the interviewer how they’d like to be contacted in case something like that happens (i.e. email, phone). Not only will this demonstrate your ability to be proactive, it’s also a great way to start things off on the right foot and show the interviewer you’ve got this!

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