Skip to main content
In-person undergraduate classes resume Sept. 28. The Return to Campus website has updates about WVU's fall plans. Visit and for health resources related to the global pandemic.
Career Services remains committed to helping students online this fall through virtual appointments. To schedule an appointment with a Career Development Specialist or for questions regarding virtual career fairs, email For Employers – please visit

Best Practices for a Virtual Interview

  • Test your technology
    • Make sure your internet connection is good
    • Confirm your camera and microphone are working properly
    • This will help you to look technical savvy
  • Have a neutral background and good lighting
    • Tidy up your surroundings
    • Have a plain wall behind you and sit in an area with good lighting
    • Consider facing a window or having a lamp beside you
  • Sit down prepared
    • You don’t want to have to leave your computer screen to go grab something
    • Be focused and don’t be clicking around on your computer
    • Have a list of questions you would like to ask the employer ready
  • Practice but do not memorize
    • You do not want to sound robotic so do not memorize your elevator pitch, etc. 
  • Monitor your body language
    • You can’t shake the employer’s hand so it is crucial to monitor your body language during the interview
    • Be enthusiastic, keep the camera at eye level, sit up straight, and smile
  • Dress professionally
    • Dress like you would for an in-person interview (button-up shirt, blazer, dress, skirt, blouse, etc.)
  • Make a connection with the recruiter
    • Recruiters enjoy having a break from routine questions and connecting on a personal level
    • Try to find a common interest with the recruiter because it helps you to stand out and be remembered
  • Be yourself
    • It is noticeable to recruiters when you are being your authentic self
    • This helps to show if you would fit in with the company’s culture
  • Be on time
    • This shows the recruiter you are punctual, dependable, and respectful of their time
  • Follow up immediately
    • You should send a thank you email within 24 hours of the interview to everyone you met
    • This shows you value their time and gives you the opportunity to resell yourself
    • Consider mailing a handwritten thank you note if you have the interviewer’s address