September 24, 2021

Categories: Recruiter

Virtually everything you need to know about a Virtual Interview

If you recently landed a job interview, the chances are, it won’t be in person. Interviews are one of the many things that companies are now conducting virtually. Although in-person interviews aren’t quite a thing of the past, virtual interviews are quickly becoming the new norm. The video aspect of these interviews provides a great alternative to meeting in person. Before Tactical Talent put you forward for an interview, they will have conducted a Zoom or Teams interview with you so it won’t be your first time. Nevertheless, it is important to go through the preparation below prior to any virtual interview. 


  • Test your tech in advance

There’s nothing worse than having technical difficulties during an important call. That’s why it is important to get familiar with the platform you’re using before your interview. To begin, download the app to your phone or desktop ahead of time. If you’ve never used it before, familiarize yourself with it and do a test call with a friend to get familiar with the interface and features. This is also a great opportunity to practice speaking to the camera. Remember, you will want to look into the camera lens while talking, and not the screen. You can take your test one step further by recording yourself and watching it to find areas of improvement.

Immediately before the interview

  1. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection. 
  2. Test out your sound. Use headphones to hear clearly and to block outside noise.
  3. Turn off notifications and put your phone on do not disturb/silent mode.
  4. If you are using a phone, prop your phone up so that you are clearly seen. Use a phone stand if you have one.
  5. Prepare your space.
  • Think about your space

Before your interview, identify where you will take the call. The ideal location is one that is quiet, has good lighting, and has a clean space that you can use for your background. Prior to getting on video, do some last-minute tidying of the area that will be within the video frame. You may consider using a virtual background if you want to conceal areas of the room you’re in. If you choose to do so, make sure that you are using a professional background and have tested it out beforehand.


At this point, you’ve done everything to prepare for the interview. Now, it’s time to put your best foot forward. While on the call, you’ll want to be aware of your presentation and how you are engaging with your interviewer. 

  1. Be mindful of your facial expressions & body language

Don’t forget that you are still on camera and can be seen. Be mindful of your facial expressions and make sure your body language shows that you’re alert, engaged, and professional.

  1. Speak clearly & slowly

You’ve practiced your interview questions and have them nailed, so make sure that your answers are actually heard. Speak clearly and slowly so that you can effectively communicate all of your great accomplishments to your interviewer.

  1. Be confident

Confidence, or lack thereof, can be spotted a mile away. Show confidence by being sure of your answers, sitting straight, and looking directly into the camera.

  1. Listen before you answer

Although you may have an idea of what questions to expect, listen carefully to what is being asked. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for further clarification or for them to repeat themselves.

  1. Be positive and engaging

Now is not the time to speak negatively about your former employer. Instead, remain positive about your experiences and provide engaging dialogue.


Thank the interviewer for their time and, of course, confirm what the next steps will be. Once you hang up, pause for a few seconds to ensure that you have fully left the call and that your microphone and camera are off.