7 Ways to Be Prepared and Succeed in a Video Interview

Posted by Erin Bazinet On Sep 16, 2015 10:27:00 AM


As technology has become more prevalent in the world of hiring, so has video interviewing. According to a survey by Software Advice, a site that helps buyers find video interviewing software, more than 60% of hiring managers and recruiters now use video to interview remote candidates. This type of interviewing is only going to become more common so it is likely you will experience one during your job search. Before that time comes, it’s vital to know the ways to be prepared and succeed in a video interview so that you are able to land the job.

Choose the right setting

Where you plan on having your video interview is crucial, so be sure to pick a good setting. Be wary about choosing a public setting because you want to have as few distractions as possible. There should be minimal background noise and a clear back drop without a lot of clutter. So if you are setting it up in your apartment, make sure you’ve cleaned the room you’re setting the interview up in and make it seem like an organized environment.

Get your lighting and angles correct

As important the right setting for your video interview is, it’s also essential to get other aspects of your interviewing surroundings correct. This includes getting the right amount of light in a room so the interviewer is able to see your face. Also be sure to set up the angle at which you are sitting in front of your computer to directly face your screen. This way you will be able to hold your posture as if you are interviewing in person.

Test your connection

This point cannot be stressed enough. Before you are scheduled to have the video interview, you need to test your software and internet connection. Whether you are having the interview through Google Hangouts, Skype, or paid software, be sure to test it multiple times. Test your microphone volume, webcam, screen resolution, appearance, settings, etc. Once you have tested all of these, test them again. You want to make sure everything is ready to go the day of your interview and nothing will interrupt you.

Dress appropriately

Your wardrobe is just as important in a video interview as it is in an in person interview. You want to dress sharply and professionally. While in a video interview, it’s best to stick with solid colors and keep patterns to a minimum in order to keep the focus on you.

Maintain eye contact

When you have started your video interview, it’s crucial to maintain eye contact with your interviewer and not get distracted. Be aware of where your camera is located on your computer so you know where to look to maintain this contact. If you have written notes or your resume, try not to look down at them too often while you are speaking.

Keep motion to a minimum

As the interview goes on, keep your motion to a minimum. Be conscious of your hands when answering a question to make sure you aren’t waiving them around too often. Also, it may be best to sit in a stationary chair throughout the interview in order to minimize your chances of moving around too much in a swivel chair.

Treat as an in-person interview

Lastly, it’s important to realize that a video interview should be treated like an in-person interview. Just as you would prepare to have an interview in an office setting, make sure you have done your research on the company and have a variety of questions to ask the interviewer. When the video interview is complete, follow up with a thank you correspondence as well.

Chances are you will have to complete a video interview at some point in your career. There are more recruiters and hiring managers finding an ease of access with video interviews, so they are not going away at any point soon. In any case, it’s better to be prepared when it’s your turn to make a great impression through a computer screen.

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