Virtual and Phone Interviews

Live Video Checklist:

Before the interview, have you:

  • Researched the organization and the position?
  • Practiced using InterviewStream or scheduled a virtual mock interview (check IS access through Handshake)?
  • Selected a quiet place (with a blank background)?
    • We have interview rooms available; click here to reserve. (put link from Mallory)
  • Tested the technology (including the camera angle, audio, video, etc.)?
    • Confirmed the time, name, email and contact information of the interviewer.
  • Selected your attire?
    • Professional on top and bottom… ie. no bunny slippers or sweatpants!

During the interview, don’t forget to:

  • Be aware of your body language.
    • Sit up straight and remain calm.
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera.
    • Don’t lean in too close.
    • Cover your own image with a post-it note.
  • Relax, smile and show enthusiasm.

After the interview, don’t forget to:

  • Send thank you email and handwritten note within 24 hours.
  • Watch for next steps from the employer.

 

Download a more detailed tip sheet for live virtual interviews:


Recorded Video Checklist:

Before the interview, have you:

  • Researched the organization and the position?
  • Practiced using InterviewStream or scheduled a virtual mock interview (check IS access through Handshake)? Make sure you know the recording/time limits.
  • Selected a quiet place to interview (with a blank background)?
    • We have interview rooms available; click here to reserve. (put link from Mallory)
  • Tested the technology (including the camera angle, audio, video, etc.)?
  • Confirmed the time, name, email and contact information of the interviewer.
  • Selected your attire?
    • Professional on top and bottom… ie. no bunny slippers or sweatpants!

During the interview,

  • Sit up straight and remain calm.
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera.
  • Don’t lean in too close.
  • Cover your own image with a post-it note.
  • Know the interview “rules” (how long can your answer be, how many recording attempts can you do, etc.).
  • Relax, smile, and show enthusiasm.

After the interview,

  • Send thank you email and handwritten note within 24 hours.
  • Watch for next steps from the employer.

Download a more detailed tip sheet for recorded virtual interviews:


Telephone Interview Tips

  • Interview in a quiet place.
  • If possible, use a landline phone and temporarily disable call waiting.
  • Keep these items at hand: copies of materials you have sent the interviewer (resume, cover letter, writing samples, etc.), information you have received from the organization, a “cheat sheet” of research information you have gathered about the organization, a list of your significant experiences and skills that you wish to communicate, a list of your questions about the organization and the position, pen and paper.
  • Consider standing throughout the interview. It will help you project energy and reduces the risk of sounding too casual over the phone.
  • Smile and be enthusiastic.