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How to prepare for an interview: Virtual Interview Tips

Since the rise of the covid-19 pandemic, a lot has changed in the business world. Businesses that can have had to switch to working remotely, some businesses have been forced to close, and job interviews are now more flexible than ever.

Virtual interviews are extremely common nowadays and are both effective and convenient. The process of preparing for an interview hasn’t changed much. Looking for helpful information on how to prepare for an interview? In this article, we’re going to discuss tips for preparing for a virtual interview.

What is a virtual interview?

A virtual interview is a job interview that is done online through video calling. Online platforms for video calls, video conferences, and virtual meetings have boomed in popularity since covid-19 hit in 2020.

The most popular choices for online interviews and meetings are Skype (a time-old classic), Zoom (a video platform that took the world by storm in 2020 and quickly became popular for online classes, meetings, conferences, interviews, and presentations), Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams.


Tip 1: Prepare in advance

Make sure you have the virtual interview date recorded in your calendar so you can’t miss it. Prepare any required notes, your CV, portfolios, etc. to have with you to refer to during the interview.

Don’t forget to send your updated CV and other requested documents to the company ahead of time!

Tip 2: Research the company

A good rule of thumb before any kind of interview is to research the company you are applying to work for. Learn what they stand for, what they’re looking for and how they want to be represented as a company. This information will help you to understand how you can impact the company and what you can bring to the team.

Tip 3: Read through the job description

Read the job description carefully. Think about what questions you might be asked, what input you’ll be asked to provide, and most importantly, why you should be chosen for the position.

One of the most important questions and top factors the interviewer will be looking for is, “What can you bring to the team and why do you think you’d be the right candidate?

Tip 4: Get ready early

It helps reduce the stress of an interview to be ready and done at least half an hour before the time. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before. On the morning of the interview, wash up, get dressed (in interview-appropriate attire), have some breakfast and prepare your space.

It’s always a good idea to have something to eat before your interview. After all, you don’t want to have to deal with coughing over a growling stomach! So get your morning routine done and dusted!

Then prepare your space by removing any distractions, checking your tech to make sure everything is working correctly and nothing will interfere with your interview.


Tip 5: Listen carefully and be yourself

When the interviewer talks and asks questions, listen carefully. Let them finish before jumping in and answering. Also, make sure you understand the question first. If you don’t, don’t be afraid to ask them to elaborate a bit more so you can provide the best possible answer.

Lastly, just relax and be yourself! If you have anxiety, use any of the calming techniques that work best for you. Breathe deeply, relax your shoulders, smile and be yourself.

Most companies are not just looking for a stiff professional; they are looking for a genuine person for the team.


Interviews can be scary and exciting. Remember, it’s completely normal to be nervous for an interview. Preparing ahead of time helps reduce anxiety and improve your confidence.

Follow these simple steps to help you prepare for any virtual interview, and hopefully, you’ll be landing your dream job very soon!

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