• Interview Etiquette: Advice for Virtual

    London ON - April 26, 2023

    Nowadays, it’s commonplace to have an interview remotely, using some kind of videoconferencing software. Are you prepared to face your interviewer – virtually?

    Here is some quick advice to keep top of mind when doing with a virtual interview.


    Get Tech Savvy

    These days, having some level of tech savvy counts, no matter what the job is. Be sure you know how to use your computer and/or mobile device and your videoconferencing software before you get on the interview. Learn the location of the volume controls, share buttons, and other interactive features and how they work. You want to appear competent with technology.

    Frame Yourself

    Be sure you are seated so the interviewer can see your head shoulders and most of your upper torso. This will ensure that your head is not cut off and you are centered in the video frame. You don't want to sit too close to the screen, as it can be disconcerting for your interviewer to see a big image of your face and also shows them you have not considered this.

    Be Background Aware

    Make sure background is neutral or at least neat. If possible, have a plain wall behind you, or one without any distracting art work. You can also do a Teams or Zoom background to the screen; but, if you move at all, some of you could get lost in the background. Be careful not to move around too much, so you don't cut in and out of the frame.

    Perfect Your Posture

    Body language is so important in an interview and your posture says a lot. Avoid slouching or sitting ram-rod straight - you don't want to come across as not caring about the interview, but you also don't want to look inflexible or overly anxious. Lean slightly forward when your interviewer is speaking to show that you are actively listening and look them in the eye where possible. You want to appear relaxed, yet alert.

    Ask Permission

    If you wish to record the interview for future reference and learning, be sure to ask the interviewer if this is OK to do well ahead of the interview. The best way to do this is via email when confirming your interview, so you have a written consent from them. Do not record on your computer or mobile device if they indicate they are not comfortable with you doing this. You can also ask them if they are recording the interview, and, if so, if you can have a copy after, so you can learn from the experience. This shows them you are keen to build on your skills and improve.