Video Interview Tips: Make The Best Impression

It seems like everything is done online these days. And lately, even job interviews fall into that category. For absolute safety and to reduce the protocols necessary for COVID, employers now request video interviews as a matter of routine. 

These employers often easily see more candidates in less time using the technology, so making sure you stand out can be more difficult than ever. Video interviews are similar to regular face-to-face interviews, but some specific video interview tips can help you get an edge on the competition. 

Set Up a Stationary Background

Choose a quiet, stationary space for your interview. Don’t wander about with your phone or try to have the interview on the bus. And tidy anything visible to the camera to look presentable. A clear, uncluttered space helps you concentrate on and reminds everyone this is a formal situation.

Also, make sure your interviewer can’t see your bed or anything else potentially embarrassing or offensive. Check for mirror reflections. The smallest background distraction can reflect poorly on you.

Dress the Part

Video interviews follow the same format and rules as face-to-face interviews, so wear the same outfit you would wear if you went in person. Being dressed up also puts you in the right state-of-mind, so you don’t fall into an overly relaxed state.

Sit down in front of the camera to check the view. Of course, your interviewer should only be able to see you from the waist up. As tempting as wearing an interview-appropriate top and pyjama bottoms is – don’t. Just don’t. What if you have to stand up? Or the cat knocks the camera downwards? Or it just seeps into your mind that you’re in your PJs. It’s unlikely to be more than an hour from your life. Wear pants!

Avoid Potential Interruptions

Get a babysitter. Turn off your phone. Let your friends know you’re out. Make sure the dog is fed, walked and has gone outside. Turn off the TV and your music. Close other programs and windows on your computer. 

And finally, make sure everyone who lives with you knows what is going on. If they can leave, great. If not, then make sure nobody screams your name at the top of their lungs, asking what you want for dinner. 

Don’t Look at the Screen – Look at the Camera

When you look at your screen, you don’t have eye contact with your interviewer. Practice this with a friend, so you know where to look without seeming odd. 

When you look at the interviewer on the screen, it feels like good eye contact, but they see you looking down. Focus on the camera instead, at least sometimes. 

And smile.