Four tips to nail a virtual job interview

Laker, Ben, Godley, Will, Kudret, Selin and Trehan, Rita (2021) Four tips to nail a virtual job interview. Harvard Business Review, ISSN (print) 0017-8012


Remote hiring is here to stay. The benefits of having access, speed, and ease are unrivalled, but you need to do your bit to ace this relatively new process. Based on research by the authors, here are ways to set yourself apart during virtual interviews. Set up your space. Have a clean, uncluttered background and check your lighting so it’s falling on you, not behind you. Make sure to do a speed test so technical lags don’t break the flow of your conversation. Prepare for the unexpected. Master the platform you’ll be using for your interview and keep notes handy, lest you forget to call out an important accomplishment. Rehearse before you go live. Monitor your pace so it’s easy for everyone to follow and use hand gestures and keep an open posture. Spark conversations. Go beyond the usual small talk and ask questions about the team, the culture, or undertake pre-work to find common interests with your recruiter.

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