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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SCU chapter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered, if not permanently, how the workforce conducts job recruitment and interviews with potential applicants. Although the process is different from the in-person interview, online interviews and meetings are proving to be the new normal as the pandemic continues. Adapting to the new landscape of the job market will require many Zoom calls and coffee, but luckily HC Santa Clara has some tips to help you prepare for your virtual job or internship interview! 

Here are 5 tips to help ensure you succeed in an online interview:

Check the Tech

Before your interview, update your computer software and applications such as Zoom or Skype to improve stability and efficiency. When checking your technology you should also check your internet connection and make sure your camera and microphone are working properly. Another important tip is to mute your notifications; this will definitely increase your focus during the interview.

Find a Quiet Location

Find a location that has no distractions and a stable internet connection. This means that you might have to communicate with roommates or family members to ensure that you have a quiet place for the interview. Now, you will not have to stress about having any unexpected interruptions!

Prep as you would a Traditional Interview

As you would before a traditional interview, review your resume, do additional research on the company, and write down some questions that you can ask about the specific position or the company. You can also prep by reviewing the traditional interview questions such as “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and “Why do you want to work for this company?” Similarly, as you would during a face-to-face interview, you also want to dress appropriately. Dressing the part will show recruiters that you are a professional and take this seriously.  Although you are home, this is still an official interview.

Building a Connection

Building a connection virtually can be a difficult task. To establish rapport, try building on the conversation by asking follow-up questions and focus on finding a balance between asking questions and listening. Another tip many candidates forget to remember, but is immensely important is to remember to stare at your computer’s camera rather than the computer screen when trying to establish eye contact.


After the interview, send the recruiter an email thanking them for their time and briefly discuss something you enjoyed or that interested you about the position. Next, invite them to ask any follow-up questions that they may have and conclude with your contact information. 

When preparing for your virtual interview, remember to keep these tips in mind to ensure you smoothly transition into the pandemic-induced work environment. These are unprecedented times and it is important to be patient with yourself when seeking your next opportunity and finding a company that shares your values. Good luck collegiates and happy interviewing!

Alexis Takagi is the Marketing Director for the SCU chapter of Her Campus. Alexis is a 3rd-year student majoring in Communication. She is passionate about supporting women in business and business law. When Alexis is not working, she is taking photos, cooking, or volunteering!
Meghana Reddy is the Campus Correspondent for the SCU chapter of Her Campus. Currently, she is a 4th year student pursuing a Major in Neuroscience and Minor in Computer Science. Meghana is passionate about women in entrepreneurship, consulting, healthcare, women's health, and dogs! In her free time, she loves to travel, try new foods, and practice yoga!