17 OCT 2016

Seven Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview

Learn how to master the art of interviewing on camera.

Thanks to virtual interviewing, both live and recorded, Goldman Sachs is now able to interview more candidates than ever before from every corner of the world.

While you largely prepare for a virtual interview like you would any other, there are a few special considerations. Prepare using these seven simple tips.

1. Test your technology

Make sure your technology is in good working order with a fully-charged battery and a strong internet connection. Ensure you have all necessary software and updates so that your video interviewing platform will work properly. Pause any streaming during your interview, as this will interfere with your connection. Log in a few minutes early to make sure that there are no technical difficulties and that you can be well seen and heard. 

2. Pick the right location

Find a quiet location with a clean, uncluttered background and good lighting where you know that you won’t be disturbed. Test the set-up in advance so that you can make adjustments if necessary. Note that many university career centers have rooms available for students to conduct virtual interviews in, which are a great option.

3. Dress for success

Dress the same way for a virtual interview as you would in person. An interview is an interview no matter the format.

4. Pay attention to your body language

During virtual interviews, interviewers take greater notice of body language. Make sure you have good posture and minimize any gesturing or movements that could become distracting. You also want to maintain eye contact with your interviewer, so avoid looking at the image of yourself on the screen or any notes you may have used to prepare.

5. Look at the camera, not the screen

Looking at the camera simulates eye contact much better than by looking at the screen. You wouldn’t be staring at yourself during an in-person interview so try not to do it on screen either! Most video interviewing platforms allow you to hide the image of yourself to avoid being distracted.

6. Take it slow

Don’t rush your answers. Take a moment to collect your thoughts and then speak slowly. People have a tendency to speak quickly on video, which can become hard to follow. This is especially problematic in a recorded video interview where the interviewer can’t ask follow up questions.

7. Practice!

Just as you would with any interview, practice is essential. Record yourself doing a dry run and watch yourself with the above tips in mind. Adjust as needed, and then try again.