Virtual Interviews

Virtual hiring isn’t something new, but you’re much more likely to see it now than you were before the COVID-19 crisis. Today we’re going to share our top virtual interview tips so you can give your potential employer the best possible impression!

Katy Boyles |
Katy is our Social Media Manager at Snagajob, where she loves talking to hourly workers and employers all day long. Her first hourly job was as a hostess.

Virtual hiring isn’t something new, but you’re much more likely to see it now than you were before the COVID-19 crisis. Today we’re going to share our top virtual interview tips so you can give your potential employer the best possible impression!

Types of Interviews

Let's first talk about the traditional, in-person, interviews you might have encountered.

  • one-on-one 

  • group interviews aka panel interviews

  • career fairs

  • hiring events

Then there are virtual interviews. These can be done remotely, from anywhere. Such as:

  • phone interviews

  • video interviews

Virtual interviews

We have surveyed workers and employers and have noticed an interest in virtual interview methods.

66% of workers are comfortable with phone-only interviews.

And 45% are comfortable with video-only interviews 

Which makes sense! People prefer phone interviews because that’s the way it has always been done. But we are in a different time now and this is the future of hiring!


Employers are also on board. 

16% already use video interviews and 41% plan to start.

How to prepare for a virtual interview

Here are the basics on how to prepare for virtual interviews.

For video interviews, you will need access to:

  • A smartphone, tablet, or computer for the interview

  • Reliable phone connection or internet speed

  • A quiet space

  • A notebook or piece of paper and pen to take notes

  • A glass of water

Here are a few of our top tips!

  • Remember this is new for you and the hiring manager, embrace it! 

  • Be sure to test your technology. Make sure everything is working ahead of time

  • Treat this like you would an in-person interview. Dress professionally!

  • If you live with other people let them know you have an interview. To be safe lock the door to the room you’re in if possible so you are less likely to be interrupted!

  • Don’t forget to take a deep breath before beginning, you go this!