Virtual Interviewing

Virtual Interviewing Best Practices

  • Test Your Technology (Laptop or Desktop Computer is Recommended – Do NOT Use a Phone)
    • Check Video Quality, Sound, and Internet Connection (Days Prior AND Day of)
  • Set the Scene and Minimize Distractions
    • You Want to be the Focal Point of the Video
    • Tidy Background – Remove cluttered items; a clean, empty wall is recommended
    • Virtual Backgrounds – Nothing distracting or inappropriate
    • Lighting – Set up lighting so your face is evenly lit without being washed out
    • Camera at Eye Level
    • Minimize Distractions (TV, Laundry, Phone)
  • Sit Down Prepared
    • Minimize Clicking/Using Mouse During Interview
    • Have Company Research Prepared
    • Have Notes Available and Ready
    • Prepare Questions for Interviewer
  • Practice, Don’t Memorize
    • Prepare Responses Without Writing a Script
    • Use Notes with Bullet Points as References
    • STAR Response Method
  • Monitor Your Body Language
    • Visually Engage with Camera as You Would In-Person
    • Sit up, Smile, and Focus on the Camera (Not the Video of the Interviewer or Yourself)
  • Dress the Part
  • Make a Connection
    • Virtual Interviews Can Be Conversational as Well!
    • Stories and Anecdotes are Ways to Build Connections with the Interviewer
  • Be Yourself
  • Immediately Follow Up
    • Send a Thank You within 24 Hours with a Unique Connection or Anecdote from Conversation

From Harvard Business Blog

Virtual Interview Room Reservations

The Huntsman School has outfitted several reservable virtual interview rooms as hiring practices shift towards this practice. These rooms can be reserved through the steps outlined below:

  • Students can reserve Virtual Interview Rooms (EBB 317 A, B, & C) at scheduling.usu.edu – select Reservation Template “Huntsman School Interview Rooms: Virtual” to make your reservation.  Reservations require 24 hours for approval. 
  • Please make sure your reservation begins 15 minutes before your scheduled interview/role play to give yourself adequate time to arrive early, get signed in and test equipment. 
  • Rooms are equipped with a large flat-screen monitor, in-room computer, HD camera, and advanced lighting and sound. Plan to use the in-room computer for your interview. You will not be able to connect your own device to the screen, camera or audio.

Interview Room Contact

Shantel Johnson

Shantel Johnson

Building and Venue Coordinator
435.797.8406
shantel.johnson@usu.edu

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