Tips for video interviews

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These days, video interviews are more widely used and accepted than ever before (especially during COVID-19!). So, what happens when you’re asked to complete a video interview?

The interviewer can ask to conduct the interview via one of the many different video chat programs available. You might be asked to use Zoom, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, Skype or any other options in the market. The important thing is to be flexible. You should accept and use the interview medium they suggest. If it means downloading a new program, just roll with. If they ask you which program you’d prefer to use, suggest something that is convenient and familiar to you.

Do a test run

Make sure you can test your video quality, sound quality and background. You want the interviewer to see you clearly with no distractions in the background and hear you clearly with no echo or interference. Make sure you are familiar with the program, and how to use the basic functions like mute and volume. Check if the camera is clean and that your internet connection is strong. Lock the door to the room you are doing the interview in and turn your other devices off or onto silent. If you have a habit of looking at the screen and not the webcam, stick a note next to your camera reminding you to “make eye contact” (digitally, that is).

Dress appropriately

Just because you’re doing the interview at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress for a job interview. Dressing professionally can help get you in the right frame of mind for the interview. It’s important to dress to match the company culture but if you’re unsure, it’s best to wear formal business attire. This includes the bottom half of your body. Even though you are unlikely to be seen below the waist, what if you need to stand up to adjust the camera settings? Don’t show the interviewer your pyjama pants!

Lastly, be mindful of the device you choose. If you are using a portable device like a smartphone or a tablet, set it up so that it is stable and won’t fall down. Don’t walk around with it, ever. Make it seem like you’re working from a desktop to the best of your ability. Video interviews should be treated just like a regular face-to-face interview. Be punctual, professional and personable.

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