8 Virtual Interview Tips (From The Experts)

Congrats on advancing to the interview rounds! Now, time to prepare for the actual interview. Here are 8 virtual interview tips that will help you rise above the competition.

Job Searching
6 min read
March 14, 2022

In a post pandemic world, more and more first round interviews are being conducted online rather than in the office. 

In fact, a Gartner survey found that 86% of companies are conducting job interviews via videoconference!

And while there are great positives to taking an interview from home (goodbye traffic!), there are also negatives that can take away from an otherwise seamless interview.

In today’s blog, we’re going to talk through a few virtual interview tips to help you ace your next round and win the job you’re after. 

Let’s dive in. 

1. Test out the platform in advance

Even if you know Zoom or Google Hangouts like the back of your hand, it’s always a good idea to log into an interview right before it starts in order to triple check that everything is working as normal. 

Test your speakers. Test your microphone. And make sure your virtual background and/or backdrop is seamless. 

2. Set up good lighting

As basic as it sounds, good lighting really does make a difference on Zoom. And at the very least, it gives you a confidence boost. 

Invest in a budget ring light from Amazon for your interviews and subsequent work meetings, and play around with where the light works best in your room. Your confidence will thank us! Choose a place with high speed internet

3. Choose a place with high speed internet

Whether you’re logging on from home or a cafe, make sure the Internet is fast and lag-free. There is nothing worse than a spotty connection!

You can use Speedtest.net to test your bandwidth before the call. Make sure your bandwidth is at least 1.5 Mbps if joining a group call on Zoom. 

4. Turn off notifications on your computer

Do you know the rule of turning off your phone before heading into an in-person interview? It now applies to your computer as well! Log out of your mailbox, iMessage, Chrome notifications, and any other distractions that may pop up on your screen. 

On a Mac, use the Focus setting to turn off notifications easily. 

On Windows, use the Quiet Hours feature. 

5. Be early!

Similar to the ‘real world’, it’s important to show up on time early to a virtual interview as well. 

A good rule of thumb? Log in around 5 minutes before your meeting starts. 

6. Wait before you speak

Depending on the internet speed of all interview participants, there may or may not be a lag when someone speaks. This is where virtual interviews can work in your favor! 

Take a second to breathe (and think) before responding in order to make sure you aren’t speaking over anyone.

7. Use notes

This is one of those tips that may work for you… or may not. 

If you find yourself drawing a blank during questions or introductions, try keeping a few bullet points slightly off screen to glance at when stuck. 

Just be sure to focus your eye contact back to the interviewer when speaking, and avoid reading at any time! 

8. Practice, practice, practice!

The best thing you can do for any interview - virtual or in-person - is to practice with other people.

We work on interview prep and practice mock interviews a lot in our Job Search & Interview Skills Accelerator for a reason! 

Grab a friend, co-worker, or family member and go through a series of questions that you think might come up in the interview. (Even better if you can practice on Zoom!) 

Here is a good list to get you started. 

Need more help?

Here at WorkWell, we work with job seekers like you to help identify, strategize, and win your ideal job in tech. 

In fact, we’ve helped over 1,100+ job seekers land their dream job in just three years of existing as a company. 

Join us for a free event, or sign up to hear about our 4-week intensive Accelerator, where students have gone onto work at Google, LinkedIn, Zendesk, Apple, and more! 

We’d love to have you in the WorkWell community! 

Until next time!