Tips for a Successful Virtual Tech Interview
Check out our in-house talent acquisition team’s tips and tricks to help ensure that you stand out in your video interview with our technology team:
Dress for an in-person interview
A video interview naturally feels a bit more casual than an in-person interview. However, it is important to still dress nicely. If you typically feel a little nervous before interviews, taking the time to look and feel your best can boost your confidence.
Build rapport with small talk
When interviewing in-person, there is usually small talk that happens before the interview itself. This brief rapport (even just about the weather) helps to create a more relaxed and friendly interview environment. It’s important to take time at the beginning of your video interview to establish that connection. This will help ease your nerves and allow for an interview that feels more like a conversation.
Display your enthusiasm and share your interest
Feeling passionate about engineering is important to us. If you’re working on a side project or actively contributing to an open-source project, let us know.
Login early and double-check your video and audio setup
It’s important to log in to the VC platform a few minutes early to resolve any technical issues with your video or audio. If possible, position yourself in a quieter part of your apartment to minimize background noise, but we understand there may be some noise in this work from home environment. You should also take this time to breathe and relax.
Prepare to code live
Engineering interviews typically require you to code and solve problems live, which can be stressful. Prepare ahead of time by practicing with HackerRank so that you are comfortable with the IDE and working with a time limit.
Clearly review your prior work
Prepare to talk through your past projects in detail. Consider framing your answers with the CAR (Context, Action, Result) or STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to provide your interviewer with sufficient detail around your contributions and experience.