How to Prepare for a Virtual Interview
Virtual interviews have paved the way for more employment and internship opportunities for university students. Instead of losing half a day or more traveling to the company’s workplace, you can easily fit interviews around your classes and other commitments. This is both cheaper and more convenient. However, it’s important to take virtual interviews just as seriously as an in-person interview. This means preparing what you’ll say and how you’ll present yourself. Here are some tips to bear in mind.
1. Do Some Background Research
Before every interview, it’s important to learn as much as possible about the company, interviewer, and role. This will help you give more detailed answers to questions — such as why you want to work at the company — and mean you’re able to ask your own questions to demonstrate genuine interest.
2. Come Up with Answers to Likely Questions
Job interviews tend to involve many of the same questions, no matter the role. For instance, the interviewer may ask you about your accomplishments (academic and otherwise), your career goals, and the reason you applied for the position. You should also brainstorm what other kinds of questions you’ll likely be asked based on the role.
In addition to thinking of answers to possible questions, prepare to deliver your answers naturally. For instance, you could practice speaking out loud or ask a friend to help you — since you’re preparing for a virtual interview, you may find it useful to practice over video call. Alternatively, pay the career center on campus a visit. The staff there may be able to give you a mock interview to provide you with feedback on things like your answers, body language, and presentation.
3. Pick the Right Outfit
The right outfit is just as important for a virtual interview as it is for a face-to-face interview. Choose something slightly more formal than you would wear at the workplace to ensure you look professional. Since it will mainly be your face on the camera, pay particular attention to your hair. Lastly, avoid too much jewellery, as this could look flashy under the camera.
4. Create an Appropriate Backdrop
Check how you look on camera, making adjustments to your outfit if necessary. Choose a place to have the interview away from noise and where you won’t be interrupted. Figure out where to sit to ensure the camera has a clear view of your face and to avoid anything unprofessional or distracting in the background — you might even consider a virtual background.
5. Check Your Software and Connectivity
Make sure the software you’re using for your virtual interview is up to date and working well. Check your internet is fast enough for a high-quality call — it may be worth having a backup plan in case your internet fails, such as using your phone as a mobile hotspot.
Choosing the right place to have your virtual interview is crucial. If you’re likely to have more virtual interviews in the future or you’ll be working remotely, think about upgrading your housing. For rooms to rent near Carleton University, look no further than The Revalie. We have student suites with one to four bedrooms, fully furnished in a modern design and equipped with high-speed internet. In fact, we offer much more than just a room: you’ll have access to 30,000 square feet of amenities, including lounges, private study areas, and studios. Apply now to move in immediately.