May 19, 2020

It’s the new normal. Since the COVID pandemic began, video interviews are now standard for job seekers, so if you’re looking for a new role, it’s almost guaranteed that you will be subjected to a video interview. Here are a few quick tips to make your next video interview a success.

Don’t Get Distracted by Technology

Sometimes the video aspect of the interview can throw you off your game. Take care of a few basics to make sure the video will run smoothly. Then you can then move on and prepare effectively for the interview itself.

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Clean your Camera

You may not notice it, but your interviewer will. A smudged camera lens can be a major distraction. Take a few seconds to clean the camera before the interview.

Professional Setting

Sitting at a desk, in front of a blank wall or a bookshelf is ideal. Sitting on your bed in front of an open closet is not! Watch out for clutter.

Check the lighting, make sure you are not backlit. If possible, try to sit facing an open window.

Don’t forget to take control of background noise. Find a place that will be free of distractions, both for your sake and the interviewer’s. If you’re at home, let others in the house know you will be on an interview and ask for their cooperation.

Professional Appearance

Dress the same way you would for an in-person interview. Dressing appropriately sends a clear message to the interviewer that you’re taking the interview seriously and that you are interested in the opportunity.

Eye Contact

Try to look at the camera as much as you can. Many video platforms will let you choose the placement of the window showing you your own face. If you can, try to position that window right below the camera, so when you’re checking your own appearance you’ll be looking at the interviewer.

Plug in

Use a laptop or desktop computer if possible. A bigger screen will allow you to check your own appearance, and will make the call feel more like an in-person meeting.

If using a computer is not an option a cell phone should be fine, just make sure you have your phone positioned so that you can focus on the interview. Don’t hold the phone in your hand.

Plug in the power cord. Video streaming will quickly drain your battery. Use headphones for improved audio quality and reduced background noise.

Have a Backup Plan

If the video quality is poor or the call is lost, don’t panic. Always start the interview by making sure you have the interviewer’s phone number (or they have yours) in case the video connection is lost.

Focus on the Interview

Once you have these basics taken care of, you can prepare for the video interview in the same way you would for any interview. Research the opportunity, and be ready for some common interview questions.

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