Video interviewing insights
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Interested in reading more recruiting tips? Click here.