Virtual job interviews

How to prepare for a video interview: set up, prepare and be yourself

In light of the recent COVID-19 government advice, many companies are switching from face-to-face interviews to virtual video interviewing, through software and apps such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts and Skype.

While lots of general interview advice is still applicable for these interviews, there are a few other things you should consider.

Here are some specific tips to help you prepare:

Set up

  • Choose your location. If you're in a room which is untidy or cluttered, what message could this send to the interviewer?
  • Consider your background. Ideally, position yourself with a neutral wall behind, you with suitable lighting.
  • Close down any unnecessary apps. Ensure that these can't can cause problems while you're being interviewed.
  • Charge your device. Make sure your PC/tablet/smartphone is fully charged or plugged in, so that your interview isn't cut short.
  • Position the camera. It should be at eye level and enable you to sit comfortably, with good posture.


  • Let your household know that you'll be interviewing. Interruptions can be amusing, but they're also very distracting!
  • Give yourself enough time to set up your tech. Ensure that you're ready and relaxed for the interview.
  • Dress appropriately. Choose clothes that would be suitable for a face-to-face interview.
  • Research as much as you usually would. Prepare for questions about the company and why you'd like to work there.
  • Do a practice run. Check that all your tech, including your microphone and webcam, are working.

Be yourself

  • Eye contact is still important. Remember to look at the camera and not at the screen while you're talking.
  • Consider your body language. Are you slouching? Remember to smile! 
  • Practise speaking to a camera – it can feel very different than speaking directly to a person.

Practice makes perfect

This site provides a free practice zone so that you can test out your tech and your setup.

If you'd like any advice around interviewing virtually, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help:

Disclaimer: The Bath Spa blog is a platform for individual voices and views from the University's community. Any views or opinions represented in individual posts are personal, belonging solely to the author of that post, and do not represent the views of other Bath Spa staff, or Bath Spa University as an institution.



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