How to ace a virtual interview?

A trend we see since Covid-19 is the increase in online interviews or virtual interviews. This is not only due to the social distancing requirements of COVID-19, but the current working from home arrangements means companies can engage talents from all over the world.

The ability to ace an online interview is key to getting your dream job.


  • Research the Company including its values, history, current news and financial reports and refer it if appropriate during the interview
  • Prepare 3-5 well thought out questions to ask the interviewer. The research you’ve done on the company will come in handy for your own questions.
  • Building a rapport by researching the interviewers and identify a common interest
  • Find out the interview structure in advance. Follow the STAR technique when prepare your answers, ensuring you highlight your key achievements and value propositions.


  • Familiarise yourself with the interview platform by downloading the software and try it out
  • Ensure a strong internet connection and have a contingency in place. If you are interviewing from home, make sure you find the spot that has a stronger internet connection.
  • Close off all unnecessary programs on your device. Ensure your device is fully charged for unexpected delays.
  • Ideally, you should choose a place where you have natural light from a window. However, if the light is not sufficient, then position an even, soft light behind your device. You can also put lamps on both sides of your device.
  • Check your audio is working. Headset or headphones with a microphone is recommended for better sound.


  • Ensure that you unclutter the space in the background for your interview. This doesn’t mean you need to have a bare wall, but to remove anything that’s distracting or could paint you in a negative light unnecessarily.
  • Position yourself to be at the centre of the screen and not too far or too close to the camera. Look straight into the camera by elevating your device.
  • You speak paragraphs about yourself before you even open your mouth in an interview. Therefore, it’s crucial you dress appropriately to the role and the company you are interviewing for. Research the company and its employees to get a vibe of the culture and what do their employees typically wear. The general rules are simple but rich colours; simpler patterns; wear full attire in case you need to stand up; and make sure you feel comfortable in what you are wearing.

Mock Interview

  • The way you appear online can be slightly different than the way you appear in person, so it is wise to do recorded mock interview and ask for feedback from family and friends.
  • Be genuine, engaging, courteous and positive during the interview. Make eye contact by looking into the camera and not at the person’s face or your notes on the screen too much. If you do the latter, your eye line will be slightly off.
  • Conversations on a video call don’t flow as naturally as in person, be mindful not to talk over the interviewer. Pause before jumping in to respond.
  • Limit body language such as gestures as it can be distracting on a video call. Watch your habits such as touching face and hair.

Like any skill, virtual interviewing is a skill to practice and to master. Due to COVID-19, the majority of interviews are conducted virtually and it will be a permanent feature in the future, to increase recruitment efficiencies.


TopNotch Consulting provides a range of career and job searching services. If you are a job seeker, we can assist you in this often daunting process and give you a competitive edge. Enquire NOW for a 15 minutes complimentary consultation.


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