Virtual and Phone Interviews

Interviews are going virtual

Virtual interviewing is becoming more and more popular with employers. You’ll need to prepare for a virtual interview differently than an in-person one. Below are checklists for different types of virtual interviews.

Cameron Booher, a recruiter for Volkswagen, is here to tell you what employers are looking for. Watch this video to get insights from an employer who is a heavy user of virtual interviewing.

    Live Video

  • 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)?
    • 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.

    Recorded Video

  • 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 non-distracting background.
    • 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 Inverview
    • 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.

Detailed live virtual interview tip sheet:

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Detailed recorded virtual interview tip sheet:

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Practice your virtual interview with Interview Stream

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Room Request for Virtual Interview

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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.