How to ace your next virtual interview

Published on September 1, 2020 in Productivity by Kyla Dewar


Learn how to excel at your next virtual interview with 7 tips and tricks.

Virtual interviewing and remote working are quickly becoming steadfast features in today’s job market. With more companies embracing the virtual interview, applicants need to be prepared for a whole different kind of meeting.

Just like with in-person interviews, virtual interviews require prep work. But there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration. To make sure you put your best foot forward at your next virtual interview, here are some proven tips to help you succeed.

Test your technology in advance

To ensure everything runs smoothly, test out your equipment by doing a practice call on the same (or similar) platform you will be interviewing on. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to test your camera, microphone and internet connection. By testing everything in advance you’ll avoid running into issues during the actual interview.

Prepare like you would for any other interview

Regardless of the venue, an interview is still an interview. Be sure to do the appropriate prepwork including company research and role responsibilities. Companies take virtual interviews just as seriously as in-person ones so don’t slack off just because it’s in a less formal format.

Dress the part

Just like in an in-person interview, what you wear forms part of the impression you make. When taking part in a virtual interview at home, avoid casual clothes like sweatpants or fitness attire. Business casual attire is always recommended. However, it is a good idea to research into the company you’re interviewing for so you can match their dress code more accordingly. For example, jeans and t-shirts are acceptable for some positions at Geotab, but not all companies may be as casual.

Show up early

If your interview is occurring on a platform with a waiting room, be sure to sign in before the start time so you are ready whenever the interviewer is. If the interviewer is calling you, ensure that you are sitting down and are prepared to answer well in advance of the set time. Eliminate distractions around you at least a few minutes before the start time so you are ‘in the zone’ for whenever the interview starts.

Minimize visual distractions

Set the scene for your interview to avoid unnecessary distractions for your interviewer. If possible, sit in front of a solid-colored wall and avoid being in areas where roommates, family members or pets could walk into frame. Additionally, though many video platforms allow you to add in your own virtual background, avoid selecting images that lack professionalism or will be more distracting than what is actually behind you.

Be aware of your body language

Excessive movement and posture changes can be a distraction when taking part in a virtual interview. In a video meeting, you may appear large on screen, so more attention may be paid to how you present yourself. Show your interest and engagement by looking at the camera and nodding. Avoid fidgeting, slouching and looking off camera. If you are sitting on a chair with wheels, try to keep your fleet firmly on the floor to avoid unnecessary movement.

Speak up about issues that could affect the quality of your call

If you are in a situation where you have an inconsistent internet connection or any form of faulty technology, be sure to speak up early. Interviewers should also be alerted if there is a lag in your video feed, so they can be prepared for any pauses before or after an answer. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat a question if you don’t hear it clearly.

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