Online Interview


Increasingly, employers are turning to video technology in their recruitment and selection processes. So don’t be surprised if your first contact for a new job is, in fact, a virtual one. Although general content can be very similar across video and in-person interviews, there are a few things to consider when your meeting is on Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Here are some of our top tips for your online interview.


  • It might seem obvious, but you should look at preparing your tech in advance of your interview day.
  • Ideally, have a laptop or tablet available for your video interview with a headset or earbuds (if desired). If you absolutely have to use your phone, ensure you have a stand to hold it in place.
  • You’ll also want to ensure you have a good internet connection.
  • You may want to install Zoom or Microsoft Teams on your tech, but it’s not essential as both platforms allow you to join meetings on the web.
  • Consider doing a test run with a family member or friend to check everything is running smoothly.
  • On the day, turn off any notifications on all your tech. No-one wants their phone to ring when they’re talking to a potential employer about how to lead a successful team.


  • Find a quiet space where you are unlikely to be disturbed for the duration of your interview.
  • Neutral backgrounds are a good option for a job interview, not busy bookcases, forests of potted ferns and colourful artworks. Exceptions can be made, of course, if your backdrop is related to the job you’re going for. (That bookcase with a few strategically placed titles could be just the ticket for a job in publishing).
  • Think about the lighting and/or where the sun will be during your interview. If there’s a chance of glare or reflections on the screen, draw the curtains or lower the blinds and consider using a desk or floor lamp instead.


  • You may well be in the comfort of your own home, but this is still an interview. You’ll feel the part if you dress professionally.
  • Video interview experts suggest that solid colours are less distracting than patterned clothing on the screen. Others advise job seekers to wear neutral tones – just ensure you’re not blending into that neutral background!
  • Take care with any accessories, such as dangly earrings and jangly bracelets. They too can be distracting both to you and to your interviewer.


  • Look at the camera rather than the screen to maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
  • You may be looking at a screen but try to speak confidently and naturally.
  • Smiling can be a great way to calm your nerves and engage with a potential employer.
  • If there are any technical issues, such as sound lags, frozen screens or echoes, don’t suffer in silence. Let your interviewer know.

It can be daunting to be invited to an online interview for a job you really want. With thought and preparation, however, you can help stack the odds in your favour. Now that should have you feeling more confident and ready to shine on the day!

Do you have any online interview tips to share with us? We’d love to hear from you. Contact the professional team at Optimal Recruitment today on or 02 8416 4181.