Preparing for a Video Interview

In the current Covid-19 crisis interviews are still being held but via video.

If you are looking for a new job and have been asked to take part in a video interview then you might find the following tips useful.

Don’t forget; a video interview carries as much weight as an interview conducted in-person, so make sure you are well prepared.

For a video interview at home:

  • Ask the Interviewer which platform (WhatsApp Skype Zoom etc) and do a trial run with a friend using the platform a day or two before the interview.
  • Set up your phone lap top and any headset or microphone as if you were going to do the actual interview.
  • Your camera should be at eye level (not above or below). A poorly placed camera can result in unflattering double chins or weird shadows. Check to make sure your sound equipment works properly.

During your test run with your friend, take a look at the background that shows up in the video. Plan to have your background be tidy. A plain wall is ideal, or an office-like setting.

Pay attention to the lighting, too. You do not want to have light sources behind you as that may leave your face in the shadows.

On the day of the interview, dress professionally, wearing the same outfit you would for a face to face interview. Choose clothing that is neutral in colour and does not blend into the background in front of which you will be sitting or standing.

You will probably be video interviewed in your home, so try to make sure that you are in a quiet space with no barking dogs, children, music, or other sounds. Naturally turn off your phone and any alerts on your computer to avoid getting distracted by emails or instant messages during the interview.

Make eye contact, and remember, that means looking at the camera (and not the picture-in-picture image of yourself).

Sit up straight using the same good posture you would in an in-person interview. Try to avoid making a lot of hand gestures—even with a great Internet connection, there can be lag time, and hand gestures can stutter on the screen.

It sounds obvious but a video interview has the same objective as meeting you in person, and that is to screen you for potential employment. So prepare yourself in exactly the same way.

What’s most important is to consider this type of interview is just as important as if you were meeting the interviewer in their office.

If you would like some personal guidance on interview technique, get in touch!