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Tips and tactics to help you with virtual interviews

How to make a great impression in your video interview

Video interviewing is becoming more and more common. These tips will help you succeed.

Lights!

  • Make sure you are not facing a window or sitting directly in front of a window, or you will become washed out on the video display for the interviewer.
  • Conversely, make sure you have some soft light casting on you from the front of you so that the interviewer can see you clearly.

Camera!

  • Ensure your device is plugged in or fully charged.
  • Raise your computer, tablet, or phone so that it’s at eye level or just slightly above.
  • Take note of your surroundings. Ensure the area behind you is appropriate. No piles of clothes or messy background for the interviewer to see. 
  • Be sure to seek out an area that is quiet with no interruptions. Face away from doorways and windows to avoid getting distracted during your interview.
  • If you are using a device where you receive notifications (text messages, email notifications, chat windows), ensure that these features are deactivated. 
  • Don’t assume you will only need to wear business attire from the waist up. Take the time to get fully dressed or you may risk an embarrassing interview moment.
  • Try and steer clear of stark white shirts, as well as bright colors or intricate patterns. Pastel-colored shirts are a nice alternative for both men and women.
  • For women, try and keep your accessories to a minimum and your makeup professional. “Statement necklaces” are great for a night out on the town, but can be distracting to someone interviewing you.
  • Perform a test of looking into the video camera on your laptop; are you looking right into the camera or right at your interviewer? What are your hand gestures like? Are any of your movements distracting? Doing a test with a family member or friend prior to your interview can help you get comfortable with eye contact and body language.

Action!

  • Be sure to connect to your interview early to avoid any technical hang ups, and to be ready to greet your interviewer on time.
  • Keep in mind that an interviewer can easily see your body language during a video interview so keep this in mind when gesturing or considering eye contact.
  • Don’t get too relaxed. Maintain good posture.
  • Don’t become obsessed with looking at yourself during the interview. Video interviews are sort of like 2-way mirrors. Keep focused on your interviewer.
  • Do post your resume, reminders of stories, notes about your experiences behind your laptop so you can quickly sneak a glance to help during your interview. Take some time to think through three to five key things you want to get across to the interviewer.
  • Be yourself! Video interviewing allows for a more personal interview experience while addressing geographical limitations. Treat your video interview as though you are in the room with the other person.


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Video interviewing insights

"Spend as much time as you can to practice interviewing with someone. This will go a long way in helping you feel as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the interview, and hopefully, will pay off with a job offer."

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