A virtual interview uses web-based video conferencing instead of a face-to-face meeting. Virtual interviews are becoming more popular in our increasingly digital world because they save on time and travel expenses—especially if the job is not near you.
Prepare for a virtual interview with the following tips:
- Practice a virtual interview. Use OptimalResume’s Interview Prep function to record yourself answering common interview questions. You will be able to both see and hear how you come across as an interviewee.
- Prepare your space. Be sure your computer is set up in a quiet space, with a professional background. Check your lighting to make sure you are visible in the webcam.
- Test your technology. Review any instructions sent to you, and test your audio and web camera.
- Review your application documents. Print a copy of your resume and cover letter, and open them on your computer. This will allow for easy reference.
- Dress as you would for an in-person interview. View our tips on what to wear on the Preparing for the Interview page.
- Go into the virtual space 10-15 minutes early. This will allow you to settle in before the interview begins.
- Demonstrate strong body language: Sit up straight, smile, limit movement, and maintain eye contact with the web camera.
- At the end the interview, say thank you and ask for next steps. Next, mute yourself and close the virtual interview environment prior to getting up from your computer.