Video Interviewing Tips

Posted 12 May 2020

Technology is changing and with it, interview processes. Video interviews are becoming increasingly popular because of their convenience and flexibility. While different from your traditional face-to-face interviews, this interview method can severely diminish your chances of getting the job you’re interviewing for if you don’t prepare properly. Check out these tips to set you up for video-tech success!

1. Find A Quiet Space

Traditional face-to-face interviews typically occur in private offices or conference room settings, where it’s almost guaranteed to be pretty peaceful. To keep a similar atmosphere during a video interview (that is likely being conducted in your home), choose a day where everyone is out so that it’s quiet. You’ll also want to make sure you’re in a room with a plain wall that’s a semi-neutral color. Choosing brightly colored walls or sitting in front of framed pictures, televisions, or windows can be distracting to the interviewer.

Whatever you do, do NOT head to a fast food spot or something similar! Libraries may also suffice, but only if they’ve got a private study room available for you to use and you can sit with your back against a wall instead of the door.

2. Verify that your internet connection is stable

There’s nothing worse than video chatting and seeing that weird frozen, glitch, alien-like facial expression when your internet lags in the middle of talking. Avoid internet hiccups by testing your internet connection well before your video interview. If possible, hard wire in or sit as close to your router as you can.

3. test your webcam and audio

Possibly worse than glitch alien-face is not being able to hear your interviewer or not having them be able to hear you. That said, test your audio and microphone after testing your internet connection. Using headsets may be a good option as well since they’re less likely to produce an echo—just make sure it isn’t too noticeable. If it is, give your interviewer a heads up that you’re using the headset so that they are able to hear you more clearly.

4. dress professionally

You may be at home, but this is still a professional interview! Avoid bright colors and dress yourself from head to toe. You don’t want to be that person who is wearing pajama pants with a dress shirt and you have to get up to fix or do something.

5. Silence your phone

Even if you are using your cell phone to participate in the video interview, it is best to silence calls, text notifications, and other notifications because they may be a distraction to you or your interviewer.

6. send confirmation before the scheduled interview

Because you won’t be able to arrive ahead of time like you would for a face-to-face interview, it’s a good idea to send an email about an hour, or even 30 minutes, before the video interview to let your interviewer know that you are prepared. It’s also good practice to send a copy of your resume and keep one handy for yourself, along with a notepad. Having your resume ready to reference can help you answer questions about your professional background, and taking notes during the interview can help you analyze afterwards.

We hope that you find these tips helpful to RevUp your video interviewing skills!

Written by Kayla Saboor-Ramsay, our HR Generalist and Pet Enthusiast