10 Virtual Interview Tips and 10 Questions to Ask Your Guest

Virtual Interview Tips and QuestionsI did my first online interview last week and I’ve discovered some important virtual interview tips and questions from the experience that can help you!

If you don’t want to look like an absolute newbie when you get asked to do a virtual interview or you decide to do online, phone or in person interviews to grow your list, you will want to read this!

My first virtual interview was with Joe Young from JoesephJYoung.com and was a fantastic experience!  I have done a some interviews on the local news, but doing a virtual interview was a completely different experience and one that came with a little bit of a learning curve.

Here are some tips for you if you have the opportunity to be interviewed, or the opportunity to interview someone else.  I’ve also included several virtual interview questions for you in this post too, so you can jump into doing interviews for your business!

Virtual Interview Tips:

1. Make your guest comfortable:

I am so lucky to have my first virtual interview be with Joe!  He’s an amazing guy, kind to the core, let me tell you, and I really enjoyed the experience!  He was the perfect host and made me very comfortable throughout the whole experience.

2. Getting the appointment for a virtual interview:

It started off simple with a message in Facebook from Joe asking me if I would consider doing an interview with him.  Prior to that we were introduced to each other via the Unified Tribe and he’d commented on some of my updates, blog posts, etc.  I knew who he was and I already liked what I knew about him, so obviously I’m going to read and respond to his email.

Joe shared how he would promote the video to get exposure, why he was doing a series of videos with other marketers, and what would be asked of me.  Most importantly, he shared how doing an interview with him would benefit me with extra traffic, exposure, experience, etc.

3. Be flexible with your schedule:

Initially you will want to set the appointment at the convenience of your guest!  If that means doing an interview at midnight because of the time difference than do it.

Joe and I set the date for our interview and I was really looking forward to it, but then I had to reschedule because my motherboard crashed and I didn’t have a web-cam on our old computer.  Joe was totally understanding and flexible, but still followed up and set a new date.

4. Be prepared with interview questions ahead of time and stay focused during the interview:

Joe sent me a list of interview questions he’d be asking me a few hours before the virtual interview so could glance at them and gather my thoughts.  (The email contained a link to oovoo where the video was created.)

Remember to ask open ended questions that are easy for your guest to answer. You don’t want to stump them with a tricky question.  That would be rude, unprofessional, and wouldn’t make for a good interview on either end.  You both will want the interview to go well and it’s your job as the interviewer to make your guest look good!

Also remember to have more interview questions than you think you will need.  Chances are if it’s a great interview you will run out of time before you are done talking, but in the event your interviewee doesn’t over-deliver on your virtual interview, have some extra questions to fill up the time.

And remember to focus 100% on what they are saying. Have a pen and paper to take notes if you need to.

5. Plan for the unexpected to happen during your virtual interview:

Aside from having to reschedule when the time of our interview arrived I had trouble logging in and then trouble getting any sound.  Joe was very helpful and offered some suggestions.  It turned out that I had to close down oovoo and then click the link to log into our interview again.  That solved some of the video issues, but he still couldn’t hear me.  This was due to something with my computer, but we eventually figured it out when I plugged in my mic from my headset.

Just as he started the recording the sound on his end started to fade in and out.  You will see this on the beginning of the interview.  Once again, Joe was totally professional, we experimented and the whole time he made me feel comfortable, joking and laughing about the technical challenges we were having.

6. Have fun and relax:

While we were having our technical challenges, just as we started recording the virtual interview, Joe was laughing and making jokes which totally set the stage for us both having fun in the interview.  I was much more relaxed than I might have been if he was stressed out and flustered trying to solve the technical problems.

7. Camera tips

Look at the webcam and not your computer screen.  I’ve seen some other interviews and videos on youtube where the person’s eyes are not quite looking at the lens and it’s a little weird.  Kind of when the voice and sound doesn’t line up with the actor’s mouth when you’re watching a movie. LOL   I recommend that you look at the lens and try to remember to blink now and again, but not constantly. 🙂

Set your laptop on a stack of books.  This is just a personal preference, and maybe it’s because I’m just self conscious, but I always feel like the webcam is looking straight up my nose and that I look heavier when it’s looking up at me. Plus I want people looking at my eyes, so I set my laptop on a pile of books so that the webcam lens was just above my line of vision.

8. Remember to pause:

Remember there is a delay between the two computers.  There were a few times when I felt like I was interrupting because I wasn’t accounting for the delay between the sound.  So sorry, Joe.

9. Go potty first and have a drink of water available!

While I didn’t need it, I felt good having a drink of water near by in case my voice got a little rough.  Because I was relaxed and having a great time, I didn’t even think of it, but I’ve been on conference calls or interviews where the interviewee gets a dry throat and a glass of water is an essential tool to keep handy.

And I am trying to potty train my son, so maybe it’s on my mind, but please go potty first. You don’t want to sit there wiggling and squirming!  (Any squirming you see me doing in the video was when I was petting the dog.)

10.Tell them how they can get more information!

If the interview is good your viewers are going to want to get more information.  At the end of the interview, let your viewers know how to learn more about the person you’re interviewing. You can share their web address, and if they have a product for sale talk about it.

Virtual Interview Questions:

If you’re going to do a phone, in person, or virtual interview with someone you will want to be prepared with some great interview questions.

  • Introduction: check out their blog, website, about me page, social media profiles, or ask them for a profile so you can give a little bit of background on them as you introduce them.
  • Ask them to tell you a little bit about themselves, what they’re passionate about, etc.
  • Ask them their top 3 tips for _____________.
  • Get them to expand on one of the tips.
  • Ask them about the mistakes they have made or the mistakes they see other people making.
  • Ask them what was the best piece of advice they’ve received regarding ___________.
  • If they were to start over, what would they do first?
  • What excites them most about _____________.
  • Ask them about their favorite mentors, authors, etc.
  • In closing ask them how people can follow up with them and if there is anything they would like to add…

Don’t over-think your interview questions.  Brainstorm a bunch of things you want to know about them, and a little research on Google ahead of time will help you make that easier.

Here’s the video if you’d like to watch it. 🙂

If you enjoyed this or you know someone who would you know what to do!  Leave a comment (this is a do follow blog) and share this on social media.  The buttons are right below this paragraph.  I would love to know your thoughts and your virtual interview tips, questions, and experiences!


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  1. Hi Heather, You have some great information about conducting interviews and I’m especially interested in this right now.

    I did watch some of the interview and there were some technical difficulties in the beginning. ARGGHHH! I hate those technical difficulties, LOL!

    Anyway I think I’d do much better with audio interviews or podcasts. But regardless of the media, this is great information for doing interviews and having fun with them.

    Have you done any podcasts yourself?

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Liz,

      Wow, thanks so much for the great comment. I think audio interviews are great but this was new territory for me. Overall I really enjoyed it and I felt like I got to know Joe so much better being able to see his expressions!

      I’ve not done podcasts yet. On my list, so please send any of your tips my way! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting,

  2. This was great Heather. I love interviews and I’m glad to see someone use oovoo. I’ve downloaded the program but I haven’t used it yet. How did you like using it? You also gave some great tips on conducting interviews. I’m being interviewed this Saturday on Blog Talk Radio, different median but your tips are still applicable. Thanks again.


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi there Golda!

      I really liked oovoo once we got the technical stuff ironed out. It was nice to be able to talk fact to face.

      Hopefully your interview on Saturday went well! I’d love to listen to it if you’re up for that. Send me a link in facebook!

      Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate you, Golda and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better!


  3. Hey Heather,

    Thanks for a really comprehensive rundown on the lessons you learned about conducting an interview. It’s great to see some personal experience being shared here.

    I like doing interviews and I truly believe in them. It’s such a great way to create high value content. It’s also a great way to form a relationship or joint venture between to people and continue to add value to each others businesses over time.

    Well done with your first interview. Looking forward to seeing you do more.

    Take care,

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Wayne!

      You’re so incredibly right about interviews being high-value content! They are great for that and on the relationship point you made, I don’t think I would have connected with Joe any better had we been sitting across from each other over coffee (other than knowing how he takes his coffee of course! lol)

      Thanks for the “well done” I really appreciate that, as I was nervous, but thought it went well.

      Have a great night,

  4. Thanks Heather for these interview tips.

    I wish that I would have had these when I conducted my interviews with some online marketing experts that I recently interviewed.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Donny!

      Sorry I didn’t do this post soon enough to help you with your interviews, but I’m glad you have it now. 🙂 I’d love to listen to your interviews if you have them available on your blog. Send me a link or something!

      Thanks so much for the comment!


  5. Heather,
    WOW! I am humbled. I like the list of questions you posted here. You should have done the interview, LOL! It was such a great pleasure. I learned so much too. It was my 3rd interview, and I felt like I was growing and bettering at asking the right questions, which is key as you said above.

    But that is okay, we are all growing. These interviews were a vision and dream to do, for the said reasons of helping others grow and utilize the true opportunity that we all have in the 21st century. Home business is an economic revolution, and to become the Rockefeller’s and Ford’s of our day we must educate ourselves and overcome our fears and learn to implement and be as tenacious as Heather is.

    Thus, the vision behind these interviews. True success isn’t found only in those making the biggest noise online. There is valuable success and benefit from those who have life changing value to give. I am in search of that value and to extract it.

    Heather was one of those people. No one told me, interview her. What she was doing, how she was doing it, and the entrepreneurial spirit I was experiencing said, interview this lady!

    So glad I did. I know the interview is 47 minutes +, but if it keeps a person from wasting 47 hours + of time, money, and life, then it is worth every moment to watch her.

    God Bless,
    Joe Young

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Joe,

      Yea, it was 47 minutes but I think that’s because you were so comfortable to talk with! And I truly believe that it will help others.

      You watered my eyes with this comment you left and I’m so very grateful and humbled to know you! Thanks for everything Joe!

      Your vision to do the virtual interviews and to help others with the recruiting part of their businesses is a great one and I’m so excited to see what all comes of it.

      God Bless you too, my friend!


  6. This was great Heather. I haven’t utilized interviews on my blog yet but I know it’s something I’m going to be doing in the future and this was the perfect start for me. Thanks for the tips and questions!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Marcus!

      Thanks for your comment and I’m so glad that the virtual interview tips are something that can possibly help you in your business!

      Please let me know when you do your interviews so I can come check them out and learn more about you!


  7. This is great information Heather and I enjoyed the video (was nice once the technical issues were resolved :)). I like your run down of questions to ask – makes it not so daunting.

    Very helpful! Thanks, Laura

    P.S. I love the non-hype – I’m that way as well. I HATE the hype 🙂

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Laura!

      Yea, I’m pretty much a no-hype girl and to be honest I wonder if that’s a times held me back because I will be more reserved than I probably should be, in order to make sure I’m not hyping something up. 🙂

      I’m glad you liked the questions!

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  8. The friendly behavior of Joe for interview proves that we are members of a global village and that we are living just like families. Likes a family member we are too much caring for each others.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mano,

      You’re so right that we are like family and care about each other. Helping each other achieve success only helps us be more successful in the long run. I love that the lifestyle we’re living right now is so collaborative and is one where we grow by paying it forward to others.


  9. Hi Heather,

    Sounds like a really great experience! I’ll make time to watch the video, it will be interesting to get more insight into where you’re coming from.

    Especially love point #6. Have Fun – this makes so much difference to the viewer if they can get onto that relaxed wavelength with you.

    Great question outline too. Thanks for sharing!


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jym!

      Thanks for commenting. I think the HAVE FUN part of business should be the priority in anything we do, because it will only make us more attractive to others, and we’ll get to enjoy our lives so much more!

      It was a fabulous experience if you don’t mind the fluffy language! 🙂

      Glad the questions were a benefit.

      Thank you so much for your comment!

  10. Hi Heather,

    Discovered your blog some days ago via a comment of yours. You’ve got some great posts here and I was definitely left with a great impression. 🙂

    Either way enough with the fluff. I have come across dozens of interviews with different people lately and I really like the idea. You can learn a lot of interesting tips and tricks from other bloggers and also get to know some more personal stuff around the one being interviewed. Haven’t done one myself yet, but the idea is undoubtedly within my plans.

    Found the tips you provided very useful. Having the questions prepared some time before the interview is a must, but as you’ve mentioned, one needs to be ready for improvisations. After all you never know in what direction the interview can go. The tenth tip is also worth utilizing. Sharing the person’s website is great both for him and for interested viewers.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for the compliment on my blog! I really appreciate it.

      About the interviews, I HIGHLY encourage you do do some! They are so much fun and you’re right that you really can learn a lot from doing them and hosting them. (What a great way to get your biggest questions answered for free without having to purchase a training program or something like that!)

      I’d love to know when you do start doing some interviews how they go!

      Thanks so much for your awesome comment!


  11. This is a solid list Heather you make some great points here.

    Tip number 4 in my eyes is the most important. Open ended question are a must they make your guest feel very comfortable and allow them to take the question where ever they want. This makes for an interesting interview.

    I also agree you should have way more questions than you will need. It is hard to gauge how much time will be needed to respond to a given question.

    I once gave an interview and ran out of questions. I was lucky the person I was interviewing knew this and took it upon himself to help me out and provide the fill I needed.

    Like anything in life it is better to be prepared and not need it. Than to not be prepared and need it.


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for sharing your story! I can’t imagine how nervous I would be if I ran out of questions on an interview! Wow, thank goodness the person you were interviewing was savvy enough to help you out!

      Open ended questions that allow your guest some flexibility are a must to keep the interview interesting! Great point!

      Thanks for your comment!


  12. Hey Heather,

    Awesome virtual interview tips you are sharing here. I haven’t done this yet but this post will be a great reference for them.

    Sounds like you had fun as well 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mavis!

      Thanks for your comment. YES, I had so much fun and I totally encourage you to do some interviews. They are such a great way to connect with others and develop the relationship while creating awesome value for your viewers. I honestly can’t think of anything that isn’t good about them right now!

      Have a great night!

  13. Hi Heather,

    I haven’t considered doing interviews, but I see a lot of people doing them. They’re all great. Your tips should prepare everybody well for their first (or second) interview.

    Technical problems are normal, important is how we deal with them. If we hadn’t modern technology, we couldn’t even consider doing a virtual interview.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver!

      Thanks for commenting. I hadn’t considered doing interviews until recently. I think there are so many benefits to them and I’m starting to see them everywhere. Don’t know if it’s top of mind awareness or if they’re becoming more popular, but it’s definitely a medium I’ll be exploring more on my blog.

      I love your perspective on the technology! 🙂

      Thanks again for your thoughts!

  14. I have been considering interviews so your bog post is very informative with some great tips for those who are new to the whole online interview process. Thanks for the post Heather!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Ashley!

      Thanks for your comment.

      I hope you do try out some interviews. They are a fun way to get to know other marketers out there, develop relationships, and offer value to your readers. And, if you’re doing virtual interviews, you can do it all without having to travel! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Congratulations on your first web interview, Heather! It looks like you’re really getting things together. Just remember your friends when you become a huge Internet blogging star 😉

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Steve!

      I’ve MISSED YOU! Can you feel the virtual hug I’m sending you? Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment.

      A huge internet blogging star, maybe someday, but I’ll always just be Heather who is having fun learning new things and experimenting with them here.

      The friend part is and always will be the #1 priority in my activities online.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  16. Heather I always learn something when I visit your blog and this post was no exception.

    The interview itself was a pleasure. Despite the technical difficulties at first which is just part and parcel of this medium, it was a very entertaining and informative session. Thank you.

    You have aslo provided a heap of useful information on this topic and I know I will use a lot of it going forward.

    I have never used oovoo but I have heard good things about it so will add to my list of things to explore next! 🙂


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Marcus!

      Your feedback on my virtual interview and post is so appreciated. I’m glad it was a pleasure, after the technical problems at the beginning.

      This was my first time with oovoo, but it went pretty well, I think, after the sound wrinkles were ironed out.

      Looking forward to seeing some more of your interviews!


  17. Hey Heather,

    Wonderful tips! At some point I’d love to start interviewing others.

    Just a couple days ago I was interviewed for the first time. I don’t know why, but it’s been really hard for me to give a definite ‘yes’ to an interview request.

    I was so nervous the other day, my voice was shaking for the first half of the interview! I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m hoping it doesn’t sound too shaky. 😉 lol

    You did a great job with this interview. I could really relate to starting off with network marketing and wondering “why doesn’t everyone see this???”

    Thanks for sharing it!


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Susanna,

      I just watched your interview today and I think you did a fantastic job! 🙂 You don’t sound shaky at all!

      Thanks for your comment and for sharing your experiences as well. We’re all growing and virtual interviews are just the baby steps toward the success we’ll achieve if we keep moving forward!

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate your friendship!


  18. “Go Potty First” – that’s hilarious but so true.

    This is an awesome post. Anyone who follows these tips will have a very smooth interview process.. thanks for sharing them with us..

    I’m going to check this video out
    talk soon

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks Hector!

      I appreciate your comment! I think because I’m a mom of an almost 3 year old, the go potty first motto is one I’m applying to my life too. 🙂


  19. Hi Heather… Those are very helpful tips… Thanks a lot for sharing.. I actually written this down for some guide.. 🙂

  20. Rock solid list Heather!

    I want to add something like this to my startup kit when I am bringing on new distributors.

    This will be great to add in additional to their 90 day plans.

    Tommy D.

    • And great interview. Left out this part because I was having problems posting to your blog.

      So after the 5th time I wrote a comment, I also copy and pasted to word.

      Joe commented on my blog, so I know of him. Thought it was great for you to have a cool interview like this with him.

      I was recently asked by George Fourie to do a similar interview for the top 50 blogs, it will be my first, reading this post right before will definitely help 🙂

      To many more,
      Tommy D.

  21. Hi Heather, awesome post,

    This all things are really true. When I was read this post i remembering my old days when i was searching a good job. That was beautiful and very tough period in my life. When I go for interview that time I was so nervous. I am so unlucky man because when I need this kind of tips that time I have no source.

    • Heather Stephens says:

      Hi Jenny!

      I’m sorry for not replying sooner…your comment was lost in my spam folder! Thank you for sharing your experiences here! It’s so natural to be nervous for an interview, especially a job interview.

      I’m thankful to be working form home and know I don’t have plans of going through that soon. The interviews I’m doing are purely by choice, to learn from other professionals in my field and to grow my business. 🙂 It’s so much more fun that way.

      Have a beautiful weekend!

  22. hi ! thanks a lot for sharing this virtual interview tips …

  23. Heather, I’m LOVING your site! Finding such GREAT content and that is really inspiring and informative to a newbie blogger! 😉

    This article is so useful. I love how you share your experience, your tips and “what to expects” and then give some sample questions for those who may be in the position to interview in the future.

    Thanks for sharing such great info.

    • Hi Steve!

      I’m so glad you like my site. It’s been a labor of love, and I do feel proud of it!

      I hope the interview questions serve you well in the future!

      Thanks for the comment!



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