Owning It Online: Successful Zoom Interviews for Therapists

Today, virtual job interviews have become increasingly common, especially in the healthcare field. With the convenience and accessibility of platforms like Zoom, physical, occupational, and speech therapists can now pursue new career opportunities without leaving the comfort of their homes.

“98 to 99 percent of the interviews I do are conducted virtually,” says Morgan Stanfill, a talent acquisition lead for EmpowerMe Wellness. “Honestly, it’s a lot easier for both parties. It’s so much faster and simpler to find 30 minutes in the middle of a day without anyone having to make time to travel.”

However, Stanfill says, just like in-person interviews, preparation is key to success. In today’s post, we will discuss some essential tips and tricks to help you own any virtual interview you walk into and successfully land the dream therapy job you’ve been looking for!

Show up early

Arriving early is essential, as it shows professionalism and allows you to familiarize yourself with the platform. Plus, it gives you a chance to troubleshoot any technical issues beforehand and ensure a smooth interview experience.

For example, here’s one often-missed detail: if you’re using a personal account to call in, double-check what your name is listed as on-screen. There’s nothing worse than showing up to an interview only to have Zoom identify you by an unprofessional nickname, or the name of a family member who borrowed your computer recently.

Don't blow your "tech stack"

A big part of your technical troubleshooting process to consider is your ability to connect to the Internet. A reliable network connection is vital to avoid any disruptions during the interview. If possible, try to connect your device directly to your router using an Ethernet cable to ensure a stable connection.

Dress to impress, even on webcam

While the setting may be virtual, dress as if you were going to be doing an in-person interview. Professional attire not only shows respect for the interviewer, but it can also help you feel more confident and prepared. Dressing professionally also helps create a positive first impression and demonstrates your commitment to the role.

Set the scene for success

Choosing a suitable setting for your interview is crucial. Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Listen for background noises which can be distracting and may affect your concentration. Ensure that the space is well-lit, preferably with natural light.

Virtual backgrounds can be a useful tool to create a visually appealing setting; just be sure to choose an appropriate background that aligns with the professional nature of the interview. Avoid using distracting or inappropriate backgrounds that might divert the interviewer’s attention from the point of the interview — your qualifications and experience.

Use virtual to your advantage

There are some big benefits to not being in the same physical space as your interviewer. Try laying out your notes in your space strategically. Stash post-it notes with important reminders around the edge of the screen where they are easy for you to find.

The same idea extends to your computer desktop; you can keep relevant windows open on your desktop with important information for easy reference. (But be careful not to rely too heavily on your notes – it’s important to maintain eye contact and engage with the interviewer throughout the conversation.)

“Just remember: whether you’re in person or online, everything you do during an interview is a reflection on how you handle yourself as a professional. Luckily, with just a little advanced prep time, you can go into any interview and own it!”

Morgan Stanfill

Talent Acquisition Lead, EmpowerMe Wellness

Want to learn more about how rewarding a therapy career in senior living can be? Visit careers.empowerme.com today!