Brandeis International Business School

Follow these tips to ace your next online interview

It’s all about being prepared and making a good first impression

someone typing on a computer

via Pexels

Technology has changed the way we do many things, including how we interview for jobs.

If you recently applied to business school, you may have already submitted a video interview as part of the process. Online interviews are also an increasingly common aspect of the hiring process. So if you’re seeking a job or internship, it’s more important than ever to be at your best while on camera.

Here are my tips for acing your next online interview.

Do your homework — and practice, practice, practice!

If you are prepared you’ll feel confident and relaxed, which is always a recipe for success in any interview. Even if you already think you know the company quite well, do your research — you’ll be glad you did.

It also always helps to practice with a friend before the interview. They’ll be able to tell you if you’re speaking too fast, too slow, etc. Remember: practice makes perfect!

Make sure you have good answers prepared for these common interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you think you are the right candidate for this position?
  • What are some of your biggest accomplishments?
  • How do you approach new challenges or difficult situations?
  • What motivates you?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Look the part and stay engaged

You want to make a good first impression, so dress appropriately.

Your outfit will communicate a lot before you even introduce yourself. Business casual may be appropriate in certain cases, but this depends on the industry and what they consider standard attire. Also always be sure to dress nicely from the waist down as well, in case you need to stand or walk away from the camera.

Body language and posture are also critical. Sit up straight and keep good eye contact with the speaker because it’s sometimes harder to read body language online. Smile and nod to show you’re involved and focused.

Keep in mind that the interviewer wants to get to know you. So be authentic!


Someone on their computer on a video conference

via Pexels

Prep your space and check your equipment

Always prep your workspace.

Before the interview, make sure your internet connection and equipment (laptop, computer, iPad, etc.) work properly, and test your audio. Sit in front of a neutral background.

In addition to making sure your technology and background are all set, keep a notebook handy so you can jot down the names of your interviewers, as well as any notes that might be helpful in answering questions as they come up. But remember that you’re still on camera, so don’t look down and write at length as if you’re in a classroom. Jot down key words quickly so you don’t come across as distracted or unprepared. 

It’s also important to keep a drink of water within reach. This should go without saying, but make sure your glass is clean and neutral. If you use a reusable water bottle, make sure it’s not difficult to open, or too full. You don’t want the interviewer’s lasting memory of you to involve a filthy pint glass or an unfortunate bottle malfunction.

After the interview

After your online interview is complete, thank your interviewers and show your appreciation as best you can. It may not be a handshake, but it still serves as your last opportunity to make an impression. And don’t forget to send thank-you emails to your interviewers.

Student Insights features blog posts and videos produced by current students and recent graduates of Brandeis International Business School. The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here belong solely to the author.

@BrandeisBiz Tweets

Follow @BrandeisBiz
on Twitter  

Related Content