Virtual Interview Etiquette

Whether you’re applying to internships or full time positions, you’re not going to get the job until you interview.  These days, a growing number of employers are opting for a virtual interview in place of an in-person interview.  According to Indeed, “A virtual interview is an interview that takes place remotely, sometimes over the phone, but often using technology like video conferencing and other online communication platforms.”

We hear from employers about potential mistakes students make that could cost them the job.  Follow these easy steps and you’re on your way to virtual interview success. 

  • Test your technology – Test your internet connection and make sure your camera and microphone are working.   
  • Prepare for the interview – Review the employer website and prepare questions.  Think about why you want the job and what you can offer the company.  Look at their social media accounts and check out press releases or company news articles. 
  • Be aware or your surroundings – What does the recruiter see in your background?  Don’t have an unmade bed, your cell phone ringing, or your dog barking nearby.  The employer should focus on you, distractions will just make it that much harder.   
  • Wear professional attire – Although you’re not in-person, the employer can still see you.  Dress like you are going to the office for an in-person interview. 
  • Watch your body language – Make eye contact with the recruiter, sit up straight, and smile.
  • Follow-up with the employer – After the interview, send a thank you email referencing something you talked about and reiterate your interest in the position. 

Still have some questions?  Check out our website for some helpful advice.  In addition, you can practice using Big Interview, an online mock interview system that will help you prepare for the big day.

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