7 Tips for Online Interviewing

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
  1. Be Yourself Thumbnail
    -Try not to be too nervous
    -Remember you are interviewing them just as they are interviewing you
  2. Prepare the same as you would for an in-person interview
    -Research the company
    -Review the position description
    -Familiarize yourself with the STAR method for interview responses
    -Have a few good questions lined up to ask the interviewer(s)
  3. Practice your responses to typical interview questions
    -Try to refrain from using filler words such as “uh” and “um”
    -Listen to your pace, are you talking to slow or fast?
    -Record yourself running through the questions and play it back
      Set up an account in Duke Optimal Resume and try the Interview Prep Module
  4. Be prepared to share your story
    -Know how to talk about your experiences
    -Be comfortable talking about your strengths, areas of improvements, successes and failures
  5. Be mindful of body language
    -Sit up straight
    -Maintain good posture
    -Keep good eye contact (if you are nervous looking at the person, on virtual interviews you can stare at the camera on your computer instead)
    -Be sure not to fidget too much or talk with your hands
  6. Dress for Success
    -Dress professionally even for a virtual interview (dress professionally depending on the culture of the company)
  7. Prepare your environment
    -Make sure you are in a quiet, clean, professional looking space
    -You can even do this in your bedroom, but make sure the wall background is not distracting and you are sitting at a desk or somewhere that is not distracting
    -Test your internet connection, camera, and microphone to make sure everything is working properly.

Remember the Career Center offers in-person Practice Interview Days once in the Fall and the Spring semesters. You can also schedule practice interviewing/interview coaching though CareerConnections, as a career adviser will be happy to prep/coach you!