<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=475767032605295&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Ace Your Video Interview in 3 Simple Steps

Post Author Harlee Bush
May 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM
Career Tips
Ace Your Video Interview in 3 Simple Steps

Video interviews are becoming more common during the hiring process. Due to technological advances, many businesses are using video as an alternative to traditional interviews. So, how do you make sure that you’re a video interview pro? Preparation is key!

Set Up Your Interview Space

First, make sure you have a quiet place to hold your interview. If you plan on doing it at home, let your family or roommates know so that you won’t get interrupted. If you don’t have a quiet place or internet connection, you could book a study room at your local library. Once you have a designated location, make sure that your background is not distracting. Set up in front of a bare wall or remove posters and pictures if possible.

Now it’s time to set up your computer. You want to put your best foot forward, which means angles! If you open your laptop and start your interview with the wrong angle, you will appear to be looking down at the interviewer. Stack your laptop on top of books or boxes to bring the camera to eye level. This will make the conversation feel more natural while taking care of those unflattering angles.

Once your view is at eye level, the next thing to work on is lighting. Yes, this may seem a little overboard, but the effort makes a huge difference. Setting a lamp on each side of the computer and removing the shades helps remove shadows created by indoor lighting, while closing the blinds on any windows helps avoid shadows from the natural light.

Test Your Equipment

Download the interview app or software and create an account. This will prevent any technical issues and allow you to focus on your skills and qualifications rather than worrying about equipment. When creating your account, remember to keep everything professional; stay away from inappropriate user names and profile photos.

Test your camera and microphone prior to the interview to ensure they work well and that they are compatible with the interview app or software. Don’t forget to make sure that your connection is reliable; you don’t want your feed cutting in and out during your interview.

Practice Interviewing on Camera

Now that your space is finally set up and you’ve ensured your equipment is working properly, it’s time to get ready for the actual interview. Take a few minutes to practice interviewing on camera - either review your talking points with a friend in video chat or record yourself. Practice looking at the camera throughout the interview. This will create a sense of eye contact for the interviewer and make the connection typically made during an in-person interview. When you are practicing, pay attention to your volume and clarity, and listen for any echoes. It will help if you practice speaking at different volumes and enunciating your words. This will allow for the conversation to flow more smoothly without the dreaded “What did you say?” and having to repeat yourself.

Last Minute Tips

If you have skills and accomplishments you’d like to highlight or questions you want to ask, write short reminders on sticky notes and place them on the sides of your computer. This way, they are only a glance away. 

Another helpful tip is to pick out your outfit the day before. This will keep you on track as you get ready on the day of the interview. Some people only dress professionally from the waist up for interviews; however, dressing as if you were walking into the office will boost your confidence and keep you in the proper mind-set.

Now that you’re set up and ready for the camera, you still need to do all the regular prep work for an interview, like researching the company, reviewing answers for common interview questions, and making a list of questions to ask the interviewer. If you want to refine your interview skills further, click the button below to learn how to exude confidence by moving from nervous to natural!


Nervous to Natural

How to Use Social media to find a job

How to Use Social Media to Find a Job!

Post Author Delorion Williams
Sep 21, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Make the most out of your social media scrolling! Check out this step-by-step guide to finding your next job through Facebook.

Continue Reading >
Down to the Detail

3 Tips to Not Standout for the Wrong Reasons

Post Author Harlee Bush
Sep 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Small details may seem unimportant, but overall, they have a significant effect on your resume. Stand out for the right reasons with these housekeeping tips!

Continue Reading >
Personal Branding - How to Stand Out in an Applicant Pool

Stand Out in an Applicant Pool

Post Author Grace Halverson
Aug 10, 2020 9:22:30 AM

Stand out in the applicant pool by establishing your personal brand through your CV, Resume, Interview Questions and more!

Continue Reading >