Checklist to Prepare for the Paralegal Interview by Video
A paralegal interview by video is becoming commonplace now. Many employers prefer a video interview over an in-person interview. And while it does cut down on commute time to get to the interview, it does take another level of preparing for the interview to go smoothly. Use this checklist to help you get prepared for your next video interview.
- Ask what video application will be used for the video call. Install the application and get familiar with how it works.
- If it’s an app, such as Skype, be sure to have a professional profile photo
- Do a quick social media check-up on yourself (we did a video on Social Media Ethics)
- Check your internet speed at SpeedTest.net
- Use a wired connection to your modem or locate yourself as close to the router as you can.
- Download the latest software updates for the video application
- Use a high-resolution camera
- If you’re using your phone, consider using a small tripod or mount somewhere to free up your hands
- Test the speaker input and output
- Consider using a headset
- Find a clean and quiet venue
- Position the light source in front of you
- 2-3 days before the scheduled interview, have a friend do a test video call to you
- Test the webcam view and adjust to frame your face/shoulders
- Check to see what the other person can see behind you on the video
- Practice answering a few interview questions on camera
- Record a portion of your practice interview so that you can check your body language and voice.
- Be prepared to answer some of the questions that are typical in a paralegal interview.
- Have a list of questions that you might want to ask the interviewer.
Right before the video interview:
- Dress professionally as if you were going to an in-person interview.
- Check your privacy settings to make sure they can call you
- Close all of the other open programs on your computer
- Use sticky notes to remind you of talking points – position them near the camera
- Print a copy of your resume
- Have a copy of your resume available on your device in case they ask for another copy to be uploaded during the call.
- Be sure that you are in a quiet place with no external noises (lock the dogs in another room, turn off phone ringers, put a note on the door not to disturb you).
During the interview:
- Remember to smile occasionally.
- Don’t slouch or lean backward.
- Leaning forward when you’re making a point is okay.
- Look at the camera, not the screen.
- Thank the interviewer for their time.
- Send a personalized email to each of the people on the call.
Get a copy of our Interview Checklist to help you prepare for your next interview.
About the Author
Ann Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp, specializing in training for paralegals that focuses on the important paralegal skills not taught in most certificate programs. Our courses bridge the gap between what someone learns in a certificate program with what a paralegal actually does at work every day.
Ann started her career as a litigation paralegal and then was a manager of paralegals for many years for an AmLaw 100 firm prior to starting her own company in 2010.
When she’s not working, you can usually find Ann somewhere near an ocean – either scuba diving, boating, cleaning up a beach, or volunteering to help save sea turtles.