Tips for Phone and Video Interviews

Adam Alred • 06 Feb 2023 • 3 min read

Interviewing for a job used to almost always require traveling to the company in person, but nowadays, quite a few application processes include a phone or virtual interview. A virtual interview is an interview conducted online using video conferencing software like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet. Virtual interviews are becoming increasingly popular because they offer a convenient and flexible way for employers to conduct interviews with job candidates who may not be able to meet in person. They work in the same way as in-person interviews, but due to the nature of the virtual setup, candidates will have additional considerations that they’ll need to keep in mind, such as their Internet connection, background, and camera angle, if they want to make the best impression.

Choose Your Setting

Preparing for either a virtual or telephone interview starts with ensuring a professional, distraction-free background.

  • A solid-colored background is the safest choice. A background full of pictures or books runs the risk of distracting the interviewer so they don’t fully focus on what you’re saying.
  • Experiment with camera angles to find the best setup.
  • Good lighting and a comfortable chair make for a better experience.
  • Choose simple but professional hairstyles and shirts to present a polished appearance.
  • If you’re doing a phone interview, make sure to find a quiet place with good phone reception where you won’t be disturbed.

Prepare for the Interview

The same level of preparation that someone would do for an in-person interview should be done for a virtual or telephone interview. However, there are a few additional things to consider.

  • Make sure the computer, webcam, microphone, and Internet connection are all working properly before the interview.
  • Have a copy of your résumé and the job description handy table.
  • Log into the virtual meeting platform a few minutes early to make sure everything is working properly.
  • Come prepared. Prepare answers to common interview questions, and research the company beforehand. Be ready to discuss your qualifications and experience.
  • Have a list of questions prepared for the interviewer. This can help to show your interest in the role.

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By Adam Alred

VP of IT @ VoiceNation