5 Tips for Navigating a Virtual Interview

More and more of our lives are being moved online for a season – whether it’s work meetings, conversations with family or even job interviews. If you find yourself needing to prepare for an upcoming interview, here are some tips for navigating your virtual meeting like a professional!

1.    Test your internet connection and video conference system ahead of time

With any online meeting, there are bound to be hiccups. But you can avoid or solve a lot of them by testing your resources ahead of time. Download the app you’re planning to use and any plug-ins early on, check your internet speed (simply Google that phrase and you’ll have what you need), and start a virtual meeting with a friend to make sure things run smoothly.

2.     Make sure your profile picture and username are professional.

There’s nothing wrong with having a photo of yourself from a recent vacation or with a friend or family member, but consider what you’re doing or wearing in the photo. Likewise, be mindful of if the software you’ve been asked to use requires a username and ensure your selected handle is professional.

3.      Try to find a quiet place.

This can be tough depending on who you’re currently sharing space with. Fortunately, this is a challenge for everyone right now so employers are more understanding if your environment isn’t serenely quiet. Whatever your situation, do your best to communicate with your family members or roommates before and find a less trafficked spot in your home. Don’t be afraid to mute yourself in between responses too!

4.     Prepare for and follow-up like you would for an in-person interview.

Just because you’re in front of your computer doesn’t mean you should be searching the internet for answers. It’s okay to reference your resume or some notes as you speak, but try to prepare as you normally would. Follow-up with a thank you.

5.     Consider lighting and backgrounds.

Good lighting can help your personality shine. Face a window rather than having your back to one. If that’s not possible, set up a lamp in front of you (behind your camera) and find an appropriate, neutral background. The focus should be you, not your home decor or something happening outside. Most importantly, you’ll want to keep a steady camera, so if you’re not able to dial in from a computer or laptop, prop your phone against something. 

You can do this! Pick out your power outfit and follow these tips to get ready for your virtual job interview. Congrats on the interview and good luck!