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4 tips to help you bring your best to a virtual interview

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Applying and interviewing for a new job can be a stressful experience. But when you interview with Northwestern Mutual, we want you to be prepared, not stressed, as you take the exciting next steps for your career. While many of our roles are hybrid and onsite at one of our dynamic offices, virtual interviews are not an uncommon first step in our hiring process. Check out some of our favorite tips to make you feel confident for your interview.  

Dress to Impress  

When you look good, you feel good. For a virtual interview, dress just as you would if you were interviewing onsite. Studies show that dressing for an interview can raise our confidence in the interview itself. When picking out your attire, don’t be afraid to pick out an item that will uplift your mood and choose a color that will energize you. 

Don’t just think about your attire but the space around you too. If possible, try to make sure the background behind you is neutral and free from clutter. On your desk space itself, we recommend keeping your resume, a notepad and a pen or pencil on hand.  

Practice Makes Perfect  

In the days leading up to the interview, look up common interview questions that align with the type of role that you're targeting, and practice your answers. Run through your answers a few times until they start to feel natural. Take time to practice with trusted colleagues or friends outside of work. Ask them to give you candid feedback about your appearance and eye contact.  

Testing 1, 2, 3 

Let’s face it, virtual interviews can come with a lot of technological variables. Take time beforehand to ensure your internet connection is stable and that your computer’s audio and webcam are working. We use Zoom for most of our interviews, so you’ll want to ensure whatever device you’re using is compatible and downloaded to your computer. 

Just as you would show up 10 minutes early to an onsite interview, plan to join the virtual interview a few minutes before the scheduled time. Doing so will give you a second to breathe and get into a positive mindset before the interview starts.  

Think About Body Language  

While eye contact is important, it comes across differently when communicating through computers. Position the camera so that you’re looking up slightly and centered at the screen. Avoid looking directly at your interviewer on the screen while answering a question. Instead, when you speak, direct your gaze at the webcam to align with the interviewer’s eyes. When listening, you can look back at the screen. Don’t be shy about using hand and face gestures to show you are engaged.  

Throughout the interview, convey optimism with your body language. Ensure good posture by sitting in your chair with your back straight and your shoulders open. Feet can be planted on the floor and arms can rest in your lap or on the desk.  

You have passions and career ambitions. That’s why we want you to feel supported throughout your interview – and hiring journey – with Northwestern Mutual. Looking to learn more about what sets our company apart? Check out our Culture page.