The good news is, there’s a lot about preparing for a virtual interview that’s just the same as preparing for any interview.
- Dress the part.
- Do your research – on the role, the company and how your interests, skills and experiences align with both.
- Be prompt, professional, and have prepared intentional, thoughtful questions you want to ask of your interviewer.
- We’ve got lots of great web-based resources to help you interview prep (for in-person OR virtual interviews!)
But some parts are a little different:
- Check out our virtual interview handout here, which is full of tips and best practices.
- For pre-recorded interviews – it can honestly just plain be a little awkward. Prepare responses, practice, and be patient with yourself if it doesn’t immediately come naturally or comfortably.
- Does anything displaying in the background of your video divulge anything about your identity(ies) that you’re not comfortable with having known at this point in the process?
- Do you have a good connection, and consistent/clear audio and video? Consider doing a Zoom call with a friend or family member to test. Or schedule a drop-in with one of our career coaches for help!
- Be conscious of who and what is in your space – there’s empathy right now across the board for the ad-hoc workspaces we’ve managed to create in our homes. But can you be sure your roommate doesn’t walk through the background? That your mom’s music isn’t too loud, or your dog barking at the door? A quick scan to be sure that no posters, photos or other visuals in the background include inappropriate imagery or language?
And at the end of the day, regardless of format – know that YOU’VE GOT THIS. Consider a drop-in with one of our career coaches for interview prep advice, or one of our upcoming Virtual Interview Prep workshops (next one’s on April 29th). Questions? Not sure about the next best step? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org