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Simple steps to help you make a great impression during your video interview

How to make a great impression in your video interview

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

Treat this like an in-person interview. Research the role and company, prepare to answer interview questions and have questions to ask the interviewer.

Lights!

  • Make sure you have light casting in front of you and not from behind to avoid being washed out on the video display.

Camera!

  • Ensure your device is plugged in or fully charged.
  • Raise your device so that it’s at eye level or just slightly above.
  • Take note of your surroundings. Ensure that the area behind you is appropriate and avoid a 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, etc.), ensure that these features are turned off to avoid possible distractions. 
  • 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 to avoid clothing with intricate patterns and bulky accessories, as they can distort on camera.
  • Perform a test of looking into the video camera on your laptop; are you looking right into the camera or right at your interviewer? 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.
  • 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, and notes about your experiences behind your laptop so you can quickly sneak a glance to help during your interview.
  • Sell yourself! Make sure you can speak confidently about any experiences you've had in the workplace and/or in the classroom.
  • 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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We know that home situations can vary widely in our current virtual environment. If you have any questions or concerns about a virtual interview, please connect with your recruiter. They would be happy to talk to you about it!

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