Before your virtual interview, it is important to identify the platform the interview will take place on and download the necessary software ahead of the meeting.
Downloading the software is free and intuitive and most applications are compatible with mobile devices, laptops, and tablets. Below are some of the more commonly used video applications:
- Google Chat
- Goto Meeting
- Microsoft Teams
To prepare for a virtual interview, follow these best practices:
- Make sure you have a strong internet connection. If additional devices are connected to the Wi-Fi network, they should be turned off for the interview to improve bandwidth.
- Find a quiet room or location where you can focus and limit distractions. Roommates or family members should be made aware that you have an interview and be sure that any pet needs are addressed in advance.
- Understand your surroundings and the background of your video. A blank wall tends to provide the best backdrop for at-home interviews. Reduce visual distractions as much as possible and be sure to test your background out ahead of your interview.
- Organize your desk and interview area to create a professional setting.
- Position the camera at eye level and test the video lighting ahead of time to adjust as needed.
- Turn off all notifications on your devices and close any unnecessary applications or browsers.
- Dress professionally. A virtual interview is usually one of the first impressions between a candidate and a company. Dressing professionally boosts confidence that translates through the screen. You should dress the same or similarly for a virtual interview that you would for an in-person interview.
- Utilize the chat feature, as needed. If there are technical difficulties or you cannot hear the interviewer, you can let them know by using the chat feature.