How to Prepare and Pass an Online Job Interview

  1. Practice: You can either record yourself practicing or do an online video call with a friend or relative for them to give you feedback.
  2. Quiet Atmosphere: Find a quiet, private, well-lit place, free from noise and possible interruptions. If you’re living with your family members, make sure you notify them that you have an interview during that particular time so they don’t interrupt you.
  3. Good Connection: Ensure your internet connection is stable and conduct some audio testing with the interviewer before you start. Technical problems may occur during an online interview. So if you don’t have fast stable wifi at home, try using a 4G hotspot or go to any other place where there is a good internet connection.
  4. Seating + Dress Code: Dress formally. Avoid bright-colored clothes. Generally speaking, the formal colors are: black, white, gray, and blue. Any top formal shirt with one of the previous mentioned colors is acceptable. Don’t forget to have your back straight when seated.
  5. No Distractions: Before the interview starts, turn off your phone or place it on silent mode and avoid any side distractions! Close all open tabs on your laptop related to music, movies, etc… so that you don’t play anything by mistake.
  6. Essential Items: Have a cup of water, a pen, a notepad, and a copy of your resume next to you. This will show the HR that you are well prepared for the interview. The resume can help you not forget anything about your profile and the note pads are useful for any comments, tasks, or information asked about from the HR.
  7. Cooperation: During the interview, while listening to the HR, make sure you nod and smile to show you are understanding and engaging in the conversation. Also don’t interrupt the HR, wait till they finish talking and then you can answer or talk again. If you don’t want to forget your thoughts or ideas, write them down on your notepad!
  8. Body Language: This is a very important part of an interview. Use hand gestures and appropriate facial expressions. Ex: Don’t keep a straight face, move your hands, change your voice tone, don’t stare at the HR, don’t show that you’re bored…

Are you ready for your next virtual job interview?