Graduate Virtual Interview Preparation

2020 and 2021 have seen a massive change in how graduates are assessed. Many firms are moving to an online process rather than face to face.

We can see that this may become the way forward. As a new graduate, how do you make sure you still have the same impact as being in a face to face environment? How can you be prepared as well as stand out from the crowd and being the number one choice?

We have approached a number of our graduates who have been successful as well as clients to find out what their top tips are.

How To Prepare For A Virtual Interview

– Preparation

Preparation is still the key to being successful. By being on a virtual assessment or interview can give you an added advantage. You can keep notes close by including them by the side of the screen where no one will detect them. Ensure they are the key points you want to cover and prompts to possible questions asked. Remember to put the time into research into the company. This includes the culture, competitors, the role or scheme to ensure you have a full understanding before you enter the online assessment. Treat this as a face to face interview/assessment and ensure you are dressed to impress! For extra help on how to prepare, click here for interview preparation tips.

– Check Equipment

We find its always a good idea to try the equipment, connect with a friend/family member before the interview This is to make sure the volume/camera will work. There is nothing worse than this all failing on the day. Make sure you are prepared and don’t leave it until 5 minutes before the start time. Check at least a day before and again 1 hour before the interview. Enter the online process at least 5 minutes early as you would if you were attending the offices of a business.

man on an online interview

Make sure the screen has a professional background if you don’t feel your area will be tidy enough. There are many preset choices you can use from zoom or teams. Get this sorted the day before so again you can test it.

– Engaging Online

When you meet the interviewer/assessor for the first time, have lots of eye contact and don’t forget to smile, this will be important to put everyone at ease and break the barriers and remember to keep eye contact!