Virtual interviewing requires a different skillset and preparation process than traditional interviewing. In addition to preparing for the interview itself through mock interviewing, researching the position, and being able to talk about why you’re a great fit…you now need to be your own producer! Some virtual interviewing tips below:
Lighting: Position your camera in a location that capture the most possible direct natural light. If you are not able to capture sunlight, illuminate your face with lamps or other sources of light. Test your lighting on Zoom prior to the interview and make sure your face is evenly lit. You can play with moving a lamp or light around the room to counter window light on one side of your face, for instance.
Sound: First, conduct your interview in a quiet place. Be as free of distractions as possible. If you cohabitate with others, ask your housemates to be mindful of sound during your interview.
Second, wearing headphones can dramatically improve the sound quality on your side. It can minimize background noise as well as prevent a lag or echo.
Camera positioning: Position your camera so that it captures your entire face and shoulders. Avoid an angle that looks up at your chin or down at your forehead. Use books or furniture to adjust the position of your camera and device.
Background: You could take various approaches to setting up your background. One is to keep it simple – a neutral blank wall, for instance. Another option is to create a unique home office background. If you don’t have the option to create a home office, your default can be a simple neutral background.
Avoid technology mishaps: First, ensure that Zoom is installed on your computer and that your microphone is configured correctly. Test your camera and adjust your aesthetics accordingly. Move closer to your router if your connection is weak.
Next, do a practice interview with a career coach, friend, partner, or family member before your interview. Set up your lighting, background, outfit, and camera position exactly as you plan for the interview itself. Ask for feedback and adjust accordingly.
The day of your interview, stay calm if technology issues arise. Sometimes technology mishaps are unavoidable. Check to make sure your speakers and mic are turned on if you are having audio issues. Use the chat feature to inform your interviewer if you cannot hear them.