Tips for Online Interviews
Here are some of our best tips for confidently rocking your online job interviews!
- Show up to your online interview as you would in person. We recommend dressing as you would for an in person interview. This means anticipating what your industry expects when it comes to dress code.
- Eliminate distractions if and when possible. We can’t always control our home environment! Pets, family members and other things might interfere. Try your best to let others know you need the time and space. If unterruptions happen, it’s okay! You can acknowledge it and keep the interview going by bringing your attention back to the interviewer.
- Test things out beforehand! Here are some suggestions:
- The lighting in the room. A darker room will make it more difficult to see you.
- Your device (computer or phone) and it’s internet connection. You can check to see if your device plans on making any software updates the day of your interview and schedule them for later or do it ahead of time.
- Get familiar with the online platform the interview will take place on. Although Zoom is common, not every employer will use it. Try to log on to the interviewing platform beforehand if possible. This will help you feel more comfortable when the interview begins.
- Have a plan if internet disruptions occur. Remember that it’s okay, as this is not always in your control. You can have a plan for if it happens so you don’t panic and freeze on how to fix it in the moment. One option could be to make sure you have the interviewer’s direct phone number to connect with if video becomes inaccessible.
- Keep your eye contact with the camera versus the computer screen when you are responding to the interviewer’s questions. This will make a virtual interview feel more like an in person experience.
- Be sure to double check the time zone of the interview time scheduled. Is it local or not?
- If you have access to headphones, it might be a good idea to use them. This helps with minimizing unexpected external noise like echos.
- Practice your interview skills by using InterviewStream. It never hurts to brush up on your skills! InterviewStream is a helpful free online tool to help you practice.
- It’s okay to use a notepad to have notes next to you or take notes during the interview. Be sure to let the interviewer know you’ll be taking notes because they might not actually be able to see what you're doing!
- Remember that you can always book an appointment with a CEHD career counselor if you would like help with preparing for an interview!
Know the employer
One of the biggest mistakes interviewers make is
failing to research the employer. Comprehensive research
on the employer is an essential step in preparing for an
Know the position
Interview questions are many times developed around
the skills and qualities listed in the job posting. By
knowing the position you can anticipate potential
- Carefully review the job description
and create a list of skills and
- Anticipate questions the interviewer
may ask given the list of skills and
qualities you created.
- Talk to professionals in similar
types of positions in different
Concluding the interview
Have a prepared closing statement
that reiterates your skills and
qualifications along with your interest
in the position for the end of the
- Thank the
interviewer(s) for their
- Ask for next steps
and timeline for the
- Ask for the business
cards of all
Following-up after an interview is an
excellent way to show you are on top of
things and really interested in the
- Send a
thank you letter to
everyone who interviewed
you within 48 hours of
- Respect the hiring
during the interview.
Don’t call too early or
- Call the employer in
timeframe to inquire
about the status of the