Key Tips for Virtual Interviews 

Spinwell Global

Posted Feb 07, 2023

Key Tips for Virtual Interviews 

Remote working has become the new norm. With that, there is every possibility that you will face a job interview virtually.

Although this may not be the traditional setting for an interview, there are a few advantages to facing one this way. For example, saving on travel expenses and the time it takes that comes with travelling. Below are some key tips on how to present yourself and be video interview ready.

Test your equipment  

Have a stable internet connection; a reliable device; and ensure you are connected to a power supply so your device stays on throughout the interview. Your computer shutting down mid-conversation is not a good look, especially if the job you are interviewing for is a remote one.

Use a desktop or laptop instead of a mobile phone or tablet. Desktops and laptops are steadier, minimising the risk of a shaky screen, which might interrupt the flow of your interview and frustrate the interviewer.

Presentation—backgrounds, professional appearance and lighting 

Present yourself professionally. First impressions count, so dress to impress and show the interviewer that this job means a lot to you.

In terms of lighting and background, set yourself up in front of a well-lit plain white or light-coloured background to avoid distraction. You want the focus on you and the interviewer to see you.

Set up away from any disturbance  

Ensure that the environment you choose to set up for your interview is in a quiet setting, free of noise or anything that might disrupt the flow of the conversation.

Practise makes perfect  

Practising for an interview is a given. Be sure to research the company, get to know its morals and culture, and figure out how you could be of value to them. Practise answering a few sample questions to get into the flow of things.

Setting up your camera 

Before being interviewed, position the camera so that your head and shoulders are visible. Make sure that you are at eye level with the camera, and when answering questions, try to look directly into the camera and address your audience confidently.

Stay composed 

In virtual interviews, pause for a few seconds after a question to account for delays and gather your thoughts. There may be instances where you choose to answer a question directly after it has been asked and unintentionally end up cutting off your interviewer, accidentally speaking over them and coming across as rude in the process.

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