5 Tips for Acing a Video Interview

You’ve scored an interview for your dream job. Congrats! Just one catch: you’ll have to impress your potential new employer from afar. More and more companies tap into technology to assist with the recruitment process. Video interviews are an efficient and cost-effective way of determining if you and the hiring company are a good fit for each other, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your moment in the spotlight.    

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5 Tips for Acing a Video Interview

3 Nov 2017

5 Tips for Acing a Video Interview

You’ve scored an interview for your dream job. Congrats! Just one catch: you’ll have to impress your potential new employer from afar. More and more companies tap into technology to assist with the recruitment process. Video interviews are an efficient and cost-effective way of determining if you and the hiring company are a good fit for each other, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your moment in the spotlight.  

Do your homework.

Prepare as you would for any other interview. Research the company and position, practice answering questions and jot down your own questions. Take advantage of the situation by keeping a few subtle notes in front of you for quick reference.

Dress for the job.

Keep your focus by dressing the part. Sure, it’s tempting to wear pajamas from the waist down, but it won’t put you at your most alert. Consider how your outfit will look on screen and avoid anything too bright, sparkly or revealing.

Double-check your setup.

Run through the video program chosen for the interview to avoid any last-minute glitches or user errors. Situate yourself somewhere with lots of diffused natural light, and preview your webcam to ensure your face is perfectly framed in the picture.

Ditch the distractions.

Choose a quiet room away from all pets, roommates, alarms, and other potentially interrupting noises. Create a professional environment by removing any distracting or personal items in view of the webcam. Sitting up straight at a clutter-free desk with a neutral backdrop is ideal.

Don’t forget to interact.

When the interview begins, make a good first impression by smiling, giving a firm nod and looking directly into the camera – not the screen. Lean forward to show you’re engaged, but refrain from big physical movements and gestures as they can appear blurry on screen.

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Last, but not least, practice, practice, practice! See if you can get a friend to help you by doing a mock interview over video chat. Utilizing the 5 tips above, you’ll feel confident and ready to nail the real video interview.

This article was adapted from our Aspire! member newsletter. See all the articles here

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