By now you’ve likely seen co-workers, friends, or family members testing out virtual backgrounds in Zoom meetings. Whether it’s your company’s office or the Oval Office that you’re putting in the picture, virtual backgrounds are a great way to lighten the mood. 

With the current covid-19 crisis, many companies are only conducting interviews remotely, through apps like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams. This means, if you’re on the job hunt, virtual communication skills have become a necessity.

When on a video call, your background is important. You wouldn’t walk into an office with dirty laundry trailing behind you, or invite a future employer into your home with dishes on the counter. Virtual backgrounds are a great way to mask the current chaos of daily life.

While the ideal solution is probably to set up a dedicated space in your home to take video calls, using a virtual background is a quick alternative that can be applied anywhere. They also open up new opportunities to creatively showcase your personality in the interview process.

Changing your virtual background in Zoom is easy. You can read the instructions on Zoom’s website.

Make sure not to choose virtual backgrounds that are too busy, or whose colors clash strongly with your hair, skin, and clothing. This will distract the interviewer, and ultimately take the attention away from you and what you have to say. (Unless it’s Happy Hour, in which case, refer to “A Sea of Yellow Balls”, provided below.)

So during your next job interview, try using one of these awesome free virtual backgrounds!

Simple All White Office with Clock

Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash.

Office Gallery Wall with Art

Photo by Jonny Caspari on Unsplash.

Chic and Cozy Library Corner

Photo by Victor Xok on Unsplash

Clean and Well-Lit Studio Apartment

Photo by Deborah Cortelazzi on Unsplash

Green Plants and Shelf Near Balcony

Photo by Huy Phan on Unsplash

Relaxed and Airy Piano Room

Photo by Lauren Mancke on Unsplash

Wood-Laden Empty Coffee Shop

Photo by Alessandra Caretto on Unsplash

Simple Black and White Framed Art Wall

Photo by Crew on Unsplash

Blue and White Empty Cafe

Photo by Al Ghazali on Unsplash

Sunset Ombre

Photo by César Couto on Unsplash

A Few Fun Bonus Virtual Backgrounds…

An Abstract, Colorful Painting

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

A Sea of Yellow Balls

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Blue and Pink Light Gradient Illustration

Photo by Gradienta on Unsplash

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Alexa Harrison

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