Virtual Interviewing Tips: Before the Interview

When it’s time for a virtual job interview, making sure you’re set up for success is the first step in landing your dream job. To help you make the best of your virtual interview, Comcast recruiters and hiring managers reveal why preparing beforehand is so important and share their tips on how to maximize your “home court” advantage.

When it comes a job interview - virtual or in in-person - recruiters are in agreement that candidates should prepare themselves as much as possible prior to the interview. Candidates should not only have questions ready, but have great examples and possible action plans to demonstrate their qualifications to the hiring manager.

Corporate Recruiter
"Candidates should prepare for an interview and be able to speak to their experiences plus ask further questions as they are determining if the role and Comcast are a good fit. A prepared candidate will have a higher engagement in the recruiting process, positively show their interest and stand out against candidates that may be passively looking for a role."
Talent Partner, Tech Ops
"Interview preparation is probably one of the most important steps in securing a position. The time spent in preparing for an interview will not only make the candidate feel more confident and comfortable throughout the interview, it will demonstrate the candidate’s interest level in the position."
University Relations Recruiter
"With the outbreak of COVID-19, video interview will not be going away any time soon, so it's important for people to really get to know the format of their interview and familiarize themselves with video interviewing platforms."
A big question that recruiters like to ask is, 'Why Comcast?'. Having a background knowledge of the company will help answer most of candidate questions when it comes to culture, pay (sometimes), team, product and services and benefits. Savannah

Two of the most important things to keep in mind when preparing for your video interview are privacy and space. Having a designated space to conduct your video interview is extremely important as it will impact the way your interview flows. 

  • Make sure that you are in a well-lit area with minimal visual stimulation. 
  • Make sure the interviewer can see your face and won't be distracted by anything in the background. 
  • Privacy matters to help avoid interruptions mid-interview by a roommate, children, or pets. 
  • Make sure that when you are setting up for your interview that those around you are aware of what you are doing and try to keep children/pets in a separate room.

– Rick, University Relations Recruiter

Check lighting. Most candidates do not think to make sure that the lighting is correct so the camera picks up on them well. Make sure you do not have direct light going into your camera, but rather face the light or have it be on a side of you. Also, check your background. Offices are great, but some candidates don't have an office and use a kitchen table or something. make sure you have a flat background vs a deep background where things could enter in and out of frame and be distracting. – Brennan, Sr. Recruiter

While technology helps to streamline and simplify the job interview process, it can also be unpredictable and put you or the interviewer on the spot. Comcast recruiters Elena, Mary, and Brennan recommend the following pre-technology checks:

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Check your computer's audio to ensure its working and the volume is turned up.

Test the video camera on your laptop or computer to make sure it's working and the camera angle is good.

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Make sure your wifi gate way is in a place near your computer for optimal wifi speed. Use the link that is provided to make sure it works.

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It's best to utilize a commonly used browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. Make an browser updates prior to interview.