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Steal the Show in an Online Interview

Are you interviewing right now? Many companies will require you to complete an online interview. Here are a few tips to help you win the job!


Many companies are still hiring. However, the process has been transformed by COVID19. The traditional routine of networking, face-to-face interviews, hiring, and onboarding has moved to the virtual space for the time being. As before, you should thoroughly research the firm and be prepared to discuss details during your online interview. Study company profiles, industry bios, and LinkedIn to familiarize yourself with your interviewer before meeting them on the computer screen. Many job-seekers liken the online interview to an audition tape. Here’s how to steal the show and land the role!

Check your Props

Do not wait until 2 minutes before your interview to turn on your computer! Find out what service the interviewer will be using, load the software, and familiarize yourself with the platform. A free trial or tutorial videos may be helpful. Double-check that your camera and microphone are working correctly. Instead of relying on wifi, plug in an ethernet cable for a hard connection.


Record a mock video interview (or several) with a friend or career coach who will give you honest feedback. Wild gestures, repetitive phrases (um, like, you know), or nervous laughter will be amplified in a video interview. Things that may seem reasonable in a face-to-face interview don’t always translate well to video. Review your expression, voice, and eye-contact and make adjustments accordingly.

Set the stage

Nobody expects you to hide the fact that you are in your home. However, finding the best spot will keep the attention focused on you. Try to find an uncluttered, solid-colored wall with plenty of light. If possible, set up in a room where you can close the door. Silence your phone and other electronic devices that might make noise. Pause notifications on your computer. If you think you might be interrupted by something outside of your control (your dog barking, construction noise, etc.), mention it at the start of the interview. Clear the clutter around your computer, but have a notepad and pen ready.

Dress for the role

Dress just as you would for an in-person meeting – that means completing your outfit from head to toe! You might need to stand up in the middle of the interview, which would reveal pajama bottoms, or worse. Try on your outfit using the same platform for your interview.


Confirm the time zone of the interview and “arrive” early. It may take you longer than anticipated to log on, and you don’t want the interviewer to think that you are a no-show.
Speak Slowly and Clearly – The microphone may lag or have spotty sound quality. Speak clearly and try to keep the same pace as the interviewer.
Body Language – Your mother was right. Sitting up straight with good posture makes you appear confident. Keep your hands in your lap to avoid excessive gesturing or fiddling. Don’t cross your arms or prop your head up with your hand.
Engage with the interviewer – Nodding, smiling, and leaning in are all visual ways to show your interest and engagement. If you rehearsed adequately, you will know how much to nod without looking like a bobble-head.
Eye Contact – Look into the camera instead of at the interviewer’s face on your computer screen. Although this may feel unnatural, it gives the impression of eye contact.

End credits

After your online interview, send a thank-you note to the interviewer. This can be a physical card or an email, depending on the situation. Follow up with a phone call or email, just as you would with a face-to-face meeting.

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