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Mastering a Virtual Interview: A Checklist for Success

by | Oct 23, 2023 | For Candidates

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the authors analyzed 513 video recordings of remote interviews from 2020.  Data was collected on the recruiter and participant responses, the interview process, aesthetics and participant engagement.  Not surprisingly, 80% of those job candidates who did not receive an offer appeared to be “distracted, failed to engage their recruiter in a meaningful way, or seemed as though they were reading from a script.”  On the other hand, 90% of  job candidates who did receive a job offer seemed to have mastered the virtual interview.  Based on research by the authors, the successful candidates had four things in common: they had established a space for the interview, prepared for the unexpected, rehearsed, and did not read from a script.  Based on these commonalities the authors of the article organized four well thought out tips.  We’ve turned these 4 tips into a simple checklist so you can put your best foot forward at your next virtual interview.  If you want to read more in-depth about the research, check out the full article here.

  • uncheckedSpace is clean
  • uncheckedSpace is well-lit (light yourself from the front)
  • uncheckedSpace has an uncluttered background
  • uncheckedConduct an internet upload speed test 
  • uncheckedMaster the platform being used for the interview
  • uncheckedCreate brief, organized notes in two or three headings
  • uncheckedHave notes in sight during the interview
  • uncheckedPractice your interview with a friend or family member
  • uncheckedSpeaking pace is easy to follow
  • uncheckedUse hand gestures
  • uncheckedTurn off video monitoring (this ensures you won’t look at yourself on the screen and you can have excellent eye contact during the interview)
  • uncheckedFormulate 2 – 3 questions to ask about the team and the culture 
  • uncheckedResearch your interviewer on LinkedIn and Google 
  • uncheckedTake note of common interests
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