How to prepare for a video interview at home

December 3, 2021

Copy to Clipboard

Hanne was a senior content manager at Indeed.

This article has been approved by an Indeed Career Coach.

While COVID-19 made virtual interviewing a necessary practice, its popularity amongst employers is likely to stick post-pandemic. Virtual interviewing is convenient for employers as it allows for a more efficient interview process, eases scheduling conflicts, saves money and broadens the candidate pool. In this article, we review the best ways to be successful during your next virtual interview.

What is a virtual interview?

A virtual interview is an interview that takes place remotely, sometimes over the phone, but often using technology like video conferencing and other online communication platforms. During a time when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal government recommends people practice social distancing, it’s become essential for both human resources employees and candidates to learn how to perfect the virtual interview process. Virtual interviews are often conducted much the same way as face-to-face interviews. That said, virtual communication requires special considerations and adjustments due to the limited ability to read body language and facial expressions.

Perfecting your virtual interview to decrease the impact of COVID-19

If you’re in the middle of your job search, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to do your interviews virtually. Here are a few considerations to set yourself up for success:

1. Test your technology beforehand

A virtual interview requires tools like a camera and microphone on your computer, a software program (such as Google Hangouts or Zoom) and a reliable internet connection. At least a day before your virtual interview, check all of your technology to ensure it works effectively and can be used to communicate effectively. That means having a functional computer that meets technical specifications, downloading any necessary software and ensuring the connection is strong enough to sustain streaming video.

In the 15 to 30 minutes before your interview, check your internet connection and sign in to the video or phone meeting provided by the HR representative or hiring manager. Turn on the sound and video to ensure everything is in working order in time for your conversation.

If you need a cost-effective option for connecting to the internet at home, consider Comcast’s Internet Essentials package for $9.95 per month plus tax.

2. Wear professional attire

In a virtual interview, you should dress the same as you would in a face-to-face interview. Doing so not only makes you appear professional and excited about the opportunity, but it will also make you feel more prepared and confident. When an interview takes place from a remote location like your home, you should expect it to be just as formal as one that takes place in an office—if you’re unsure, business casual is a good standard to follow.

3. Prepare in advance

As with any interview, you’ll get the best results if you take the time to prepare in advance. Just because you are in front of your computer doesn’t mean you should rely on the ability to quickly look up answers or rely on pre-written answers you can refer to. You should prepare so you are able to have a natural conversation without clicking around or reading directly from a script, which can seem rehearsed and unnatural.

Employers may give you a list of questions in advance that they want you to answer, which can help you navigate your research. More often, you will be asked to give answers without prior knowledge of the questions. If this is the case, prepare the same way you would for an in-person interview:

Carefully the job description noting your relevant qualifications

Prepare relevant examples of your achievements and experiences

4. Limit distractions

The best place to take an interview in your home is a quiet location with few distractions. Choose a room that is clean and professional-looking so the interviewer can focus their attention on you and not what is around you. If you don’t have a dedicated office space, you can also use a bedroom or guest bedroom, your kitchen table or even cleared-out closet space. Try to place your computer on a table or desk instead of your lap or couch.

Tell people you are sharing space with about the area you’ll be using for your interview, the time of your interview, and that you and your quiet space will be off-limits during that time. Respectfully explain that during this time, it is best that the house stays quiet with limited distractions. If possible, you might also place pets in a designated room during critical working hours.

5. Use professional body language

Because interviewing via video or phone limits the ability to communicate with body language, it is important to utilize body language in a clear, professional way. For example, if you get a question that is unexpected, make sure to stay poised and take a moment to collect your thoughts.

Sit up straight and ensure your camera is placed so your face is in the middle of your screen (not too much blank space above or below your head). In most interviews, you shake hands with your potential employer at the beginning and the end of the discussion. It’s an important body language cue that helps you establish the relationship. Instead, find other ways to greet and exude enthusiasm, like smiling and giving a confident wave with eye contact.

6. Build rapport

Establishing rapport is important in any business relationship because it allows you to separate yourself from other candidates by building a personal connection with the interviewer. When you interview in person, your enthusiasm, body language, handshake and early small talk all help you build that connection with your potential employer.

When communicating virtually, it’s still necessary to find ways to establish rapport. You can do this by being prepared to talk about a common interest, asking how your interviewer’s experience has been with virtual interviews or by finding some other neutral topic with which to learn more about your interviewer.

7. Be authentic

When interviewing virtually, you have the rare opportunity to speak in a relaxing, familiar environment and show the interviewer who you are and why you’re the best person for the job. Recruiters will look for how you express yourself to understand whether you are a good fit for the company. Use tools like your body language, facial expressions and interview preparations to convey your confidence and personality as it relates to the position.

8. Follow up

After your interview, plan to send a well-timed follow-up. It’s good practice to send a follow-up email within 24 hours of an interview, thanking the interviewer for their time and letting them know you’re available if they have any additional questions. Reach out to the HR representative or hiring manager you’ve been speaking with to get a list of your interviewers’ emails.

Video interview tips

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and job interviews

COVID-19 is affecting the way businesses recruit new candidates. While a small number of business are still holding face-to-face interviews, the majority of organisations are unlikely to do so until the current social distancing restrictions come to an end. Because of this, it’s now more important than ever to make sure that your telephone and video interview skills are up to scratch.

Read on to discover how to ace a video interview.

While video interviews have always been a part of recruitment the COVID-19 pandemic has made them crucial to the application process

Traditionally used in the early stages of the interview process to filter out large numbers of candidates they can vary in style and length. However as COVID restrictions were put in place the majority of things moved online and interviews were no exception.

The obvious benefits are the money and time savings for both you and the company. It also means that the recruiter and their colleagues can watch the interview again rather than just relying on notes.

The format isn’t without its challenges though – the main ones being connectivity problems and time delays. Not everyone is comfortable on camera and this may put some candidates at a disadvantage. However, with some preparation these issues can be overcome and help you move on to the next stage of the process.

Research the format

It’s vital that you know in advance what format the video interview will take, as the two main types are very different experiences.

  • Live – this is similar to a regular face-to-face interview. You’ll speak to the interviewer (or panel of interviewers) in real-time over a video connection using a service such as Skype or Zoom. Live videos enable employers to recreate the traditional interview format without requiring the candidate to travel to their office, meaning they can recruit from anywhere in world. Try to treat the conversation as you would an interview at the employer’s offices and build a rapport with the interviewer.
  • Pre-recorded – this is a much less personal experience as you won’t be speaking to a real person. You’ll be presented with pre-recorded or even written questions on screen, and then you’ll have to record your answer on video, often to a time limit. This helps employers who have lots of candidates, as they can simply watch your answers later at a time that suits them – but it can be awkward if you aren’t used to recording yourself. This makes practice even more important. On the plus side, you will be able to do the interview at a time of your choosing up to a set deadline.

Choose your location

Plan well in advance where you’re going to do the video interview. Use a quiet location, where noises and people won’t disturb you. Make sure the room you choose is tidy and use a clean and simple background so that the recruiter focuses on you.

You need to think about the lighting, as it won’t be a great interview if you can’t be properly seen. To ensure you don’t get a shadow either use natural light from a window or put a lamp in front of the camera and adjust the distance to get the best result.

Close any software on your computer that might play notification sounds, and switch your phone to silent to guarantee you won’t be distracted. Also, let everyone in the house know you’re about to start the interview so they don’t interrupt

Dress appropriately

You may be at home but it’s still a job interview and this is your opportunity to give a professional first impression – this means dressing appropriately. You should wear the same outfit you would have chosen for a face-to-face meeting with the employer. Think about how your clothes will look on screen and avoid busy patterns and stripes.

Use positive body language

It’s best to avoid slouching, moving too much or touching your face. Instead employers will be looking for you to make good eye contact, smile, listen and take an interest in what they’re saying. To help you do this your camera should be at eye level and you should look into it rather than at the screen.

For pre-recorded interviews, try to imagine you’re speaking to a real person, maintaining your enthusiasm and positive body language. This can be harder to do when you’re simply recording your answers.

If you’re nervous it can be easy to rush what you’re saying but remember that the employer wants to hear your answers. Speak clearly, and be careful not to interrupt as this is more easily done with the slight delay over the internet than during a face-to-face meeting.

Advertisement

Get technical

A few days before the interview you should test the computer, camera and any software that you’ve been asked to use. Make sure the picture is clear and the sound quality is good. It’s also worth checking your internet connection.

On the day of the video interview ensure everything is fully charged or plugged in, as you don’t want the battery to run down. You don’t want to be still sorting things out as the interview starts, so switch everything on at least half an hour before the interview and sign in to any software that you’ll need.

If there are any technical hitches, for example if you can’t hear the questions very well, don’t struggle through, as you won’t put in your best performance. If it’s a live video interview, mention the problem. It may easily be fixed, or the interviewer may be happy to end the call and redial.

For pre-recorded video interviews, check beforehand whether you’re allowed to stop and restart in case of technical issues.

How to prepare for a video interview at home

How to prepare for a video interview at home

Theresa Chiechi / The Balance

Do you have a video interview on your schedule? As hiring becomes global and more employees work remotely, video interviews have become commonplace.

For hiring managers and recruiters, they’re a way to quickly conduct first-round interviews, save on transportation costs, and get the interview process started much faster than scheduling in-person interviews.

For some positions, the entire process may be handled virtually, while others may have a combination of video and in-person interviews.

Types of Video Interviews

Your interview may be a live video chat with a hiring manager or recruiter, or you may be invited to participate in an on-demand interview. With an on-demand interview, you will record your responses to a series of interview questions for the hiring manager to review at a later time.

Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview

The key to a successful video interview is to practice beforehand, so that you avoid technical problems and feel confident with the process.

Keep in mind; a video interview carries as much weight as an interview conducted in-person, so you will want to make sure that you’re well prepared to interview remotely.

Review the following tips to make sure you ace this type of interview.

What to Expect

What should you expect during a virtual interview? The video platform will vary depending on the company, but a ResumeGo survey reports that employers typically use:

  • Zoom: 43%
  • Skype: 12%
  • Google Meet/Hangouts: 19%
  • Microsoft Teams: 7%
  • Cisco WebEx: 5%
  • Other: 14%

Zoom ranks even higher as the most-used platform in another report. The Zenefits report notes that Zoom is the most commonly used interviewing platform (72%), followed by Skype (43%).

Surveyed companies reported that most interviews lasted under an hour:

  • Under 30 minutes: 36%
  • Between 30 minutes and 1 hour: 48%
  • Over 1 hour: 16%

If you’ve got multiple interviews in a single day, be sure to give yourself a time buffer in between so you have time to get set for the next interview.

Advance Planning

Take the time to prepare for your interview in advance. In most cases, everything will go smoothly, but it will be less stressful if you practice in advance.

  • Do a trial run a day or two before the interview.
  • Check your webcam and any headset or microphone as if you were going to do the actual interview. If possible, use the same video technology that you’ll be using during the actual interview. That way, you won’t have any last-minute installation issues or password problems right before your interview.
  • Your camera should be at eye level (not above or below). A poorly placed camera can result in unflattering double chins or weird shadows. Check to make sure your sound equipment works properly.
  • Regardless of location, make sure that you send any materials (resume, portfolio, etc.) that the recruiter needs in advance.

Check Your Background

During your test run, take a look at the background that shows up in the video. Does it look cluttered or distracting?

Plan to have your background be tidy. A plain wall is ideal, or an office-like setting. You may be able to choose an online background to use, depending on the video platform you’re using.

Pay attention to the lighting, too. You do not want to have light sources behind you since that will leave your face in the shadows.

What to Wear

The ResumeGo survey reports that most employers prefer that job candidates wear business casual, but many don’t have a preference.

  • Doesn’t matter: 44%
  • Business casual: 52%
  • Business formal/professional: 4%

The camera angle should show you from the waist up because your face is the real focal point. But if there is any possibility you will need to stand up, make sure your pants or skirt is professional. You don’t want to be the person whose inappropriate interview attire gets noticed.

These tips for what to wear for a remote job interview will help you make the best impression.

During the Video Interview

Make sure the table and your surroundings are clean and neat. You don’t want to distract the interviewer. If you’re interviewing in your home, make sure that you are in a quiet space with no barking dogs, children, music, or other sounds.

As well, turn off your phone and any alerts on your computer to avoid getting thrown off by emails or instant messages during the interview. The microphone will pick up any noise in the room, so don’t tap your pen or shuffle papers.

Make eye contact, and remember, that means looking at the camera (and not the picture-in-picture image of yourself).

Use the same good posture you would use during an in-person interview. Avoid making a lot of hand gestures—even with a great Internet connection, there can be lag time, and hand gestures can stutter on the screen.

The Video Interview Process

  • The company selects candidates for video interviews.
  • Arrangements for an interview are scheduled.
  • The company will provide instructions on how the interview will work.
  • There will typically be 10 – 15 questions related to the job the company is hiring for.

Other than you’re not meeting the interviewer in-person, the interview process will be the same as an in-person interview. The interviewer’s objective (to screen candidates for employment) is the same. You will be asked the same type of interview questions. Also, be prepared to ask questions, as well.

What’s most important is to consider this type of interview is just as important as if you were meeting the interviewer in their office. The value, for yourself as well as for the hiring manager, is equivalent, and interviewing successfully, however it takes place, is the key to getting hired.

What Employers Look For

What do employers want to see when they review videos from candidates for employment?

How to prepare for a video interview at home

Many of the tips and tricks that you can Google about how to prepare for your video interview are common sense. Of course, you will find a quiet room rather than interviewing from a laptop in the middle of a crowded Starbucks; of course, you will try out the video application that is being used on the interview invite prior to the big moment rather than turn it on for the first time at the time for your interview.

Video interviews have been around for awhile, but they surged during the pandemic. By October 2020, 89% of companies were using virtual interviews . According to Indeed , 93% of employers plan to continue using video interviews in the future. Virtual interviews are easier and faster than traditional interviews, even for in-person jobs, so they’re here to stay.

You can think of the following tips from ECP as reminders for preparing for your video interview.

1. Make sure you know the important dates!

You may not be working and managing an hour-by-hour schedule for your job search, just not your bag baby. But, just in case there is an unexpected change to the event time, location, etc. don’t rely upon the old pad and paper to be with you when that information lands either by phone or email. We recommend that you log the date of your interview (and who it’s with: company, title, position you’re interviewing) on your digital calendar that you can access from anywhere.

For some of us, we’ve found it helpful to also record the date and info in writing (like a large desk calendar where you can doodle notes.) Then, the day prior to your interview it is a must and nice touch to confirm with the interviewer the date, time, and person for the interview.

2. Find a quiet spot and neutral background.

If you’re interviewing from home, find a quiet location without a busy background. Barter with the other people in your dwelling for peace and quiet for an hour. If you can choose a neutral background or office backdrop for the video interview, do that! There are many professional Zoom backgrounds available to download.

Whatever you choose, keep it neutral. Even if you know the political leanings or favorite team of the prospective interviewer, keep your background neutral. Who knows who else might be on the call and still sore about last year’s election or Super Bowl outcome.

3. Do the recon prior to your interview.

How much do you want this job? Much about how we approach business has changed during the pandemic timeframe of working solely at home. The need to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack has never been greater. Take the time to investigate the company, it’s culture and the person (or people) who you are interviewing.

Be sure to order an interview prep bundle (ask your ECP Career Strategist for details) to learn about up-to-date news, technology stack changes and organizational hierarchy info pertaining to the company. If you have time before the interview, reach out to people who are currently working for this organization and invite them to have a brief conversation about the company, their role, and the company culture. Not only might you make a friend in the process, but you may earn an advocate behind the scenes!

Also finding the company’s LinkedIn Profile and looking at the people that work at the company, especially the profile of who will be interviewing you, can give you a sense of what to wear. Are they “business casual” which to them means a button-down shirt or a shirt with a collar or more formal wearing neutral colors and jackets? This may seem like common sense but let it be said that a clean and neat appearance (light makeup if you wear it) is important!

4. Prepare for the interview as the CEO of YOU!

Most managers today are overworked and understaffed. Their bandwidth is stretched to the limit. Gone is the time of convincing someone why you’re qualified for the job. You wouldn’t be scheduled for an interview if they didn’t believe you were qualified. You can think of the interview as a way for you to give the interviewer an experience of what it is like to work with you.

Everyone appreciates it when people listen to them and most really notice when they know they’ve been “heard.” Overcome any nervous tension or anxiety by thinking of the person in front of you and how you can help them. Remember that you can listen both for what is being said as well as what is not said.

5. As the interview begins, notice the expression and/or body language of the person or people in front of you.

Pay attention to your own body language too! Are your shoulders up around your ears? Is your chest constricted? Take a breath and roll your shoulders back and down. See if the interviewer does the same thing. You’ve already begun to establish rapport without saying a word and given the interviewer an experience of YOU helping them to relax. From your interview prep info was there a scoop in the news that you could open the conversation with to establish verbal rapport?

Remember that most interviewers are not professional interviewers. They may be just as uncomfortable as you are so helping them to relax and feel comfortable with you will not only encourage the interview to go smoothly but you’ve just given them an experience of helping them to relax.

6. If your interview is a panel of people be sure to look each of them in the eye.

There is a tendency while on video calls to watch yourself speak, but as the interviewee, it is imperative that you are watching for physical feedback from the interviewer/s. Take a deep breath to not only regulate your breathing but also the pace that you speak. Don’t assume you kind of understand what is being asked if you don’t, ask for clarification. Restate the question, answer it in 90 seconds or less (think of a SOAR response that you can use that states a similar situation/opportunity, action steps you took and the results of your efforts) and then ask if your answer was what they were looking for.

Silence is golden. You don’t need to fill in the gaps with random words. Breathe. Prior to the interview, meet with your ECP Career Strategist to prepare for questions that may be asked especially if there are any objections that you need to address. Prior to the interview, also make a list of questions about the company and position that you would like to ask as well.

7. Make yourself a sandwich of support.

Before your interview, call someone like your ECP Career Strategist who can give you the support and strength you need to have a successful interview. After your interview, call them (or someone equally as supportive) to let them know how the interview went and process your experience. Create a sandwich of support for yourself so that you feel confident and prepared for a successful interview.

Some of us may never feel completely comfortable interviewing in person or on screen, but if we prepare ourselves well, we can not only do a good job presenting ourselves and our skills but may even enjoy ourselves in the process!

If you are looking for a new job, chances are that it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be asked to participate in a video interview. After all, in today’s working climate, video chat services are normal parts of the interview process. A Skype interview, or a Zoom or Teams interview, allows employers to interview candidates regardless of where they are located.

While video interviewing has become a common recruitment tool, not everyone is comfortable on camera. To ensure your suitability as a candidate shines through in your next video interview, you need to prepare appropriately – and this requires you to move beyond in-person interview best practice and plan for a whole new set of variables.

To help, we share the following 11 video interview tips for a successful video job interview.

1. Prepare everything in good time

First and foremost, think about where you are going to have your video interview. A home office is ideal, but if you do not have a separate home office, your bedroom, dining room or kitchen could make appropriate settings, provided the frame behind you is uncluttered and distraction-free. After all, the interviewer’s attention needs to be firmly on you, not on the view behind you. Ideally the location you select will have a door you can close so that children, housemates or pets do not walk in during your interview. Let other people in your house know ahead of time that you have a video interview, and then close the door to minimise any external noise.

If you plan to use a tablet or phone for your video interview, invest in a stand or use a sturdy piece of furniture to rest your device on. Even if you have control of your nerves, your hands will likely shake at some point during a lengthy interview, which can be very distracting for your interviewer.

Consider the lighting in the room too, which must be bright enough for the interviewer to see you. If there is a bright light source directly behind you, move it as you will otherwise appear as a shadowy silhouette. If there is a light source in front of your face, make sure it isn’t shining directly in your eyes.

2. Create a professional profile

There are many different potential platforms that your interviewer could use for the job interview. You may, for instance, be invited to a Skype interview. Or, perhaps, you are asked to attend a Zoom or Teams interview. Either way, once you know what platform will be used, download the necessary app and, if required, make sure you create a professional profile. In most cases, the first thing that your interviewer will see is your profile photo and username, so ensure both are suitable and depict you in a professional light.

3. Consider a virtual background

If you are not satisfied with the background behind you, consider blurring or customising it. Most video call platforms allow you to select a background effect, while there are also various free virtual background apps. These allow you to present a more professional image to your virtual interview so that the interviewer is focusing all their attention on you, not your background.

4. Do a trial run

Check your internet connection, sound and picture quality by making practice calls to a friend or family member the day before your interview. Your interviewer will likely have a busy schedule and you won’t make a good impression if you need to adjust your equipment during the interview.

This is also a good opportunity to run through possible interview questions and answers and receive feedback from a trusted friend or family member.

If you can’t enlist the help of someone to run through this with you, record yourself on video answering potential interview questions. While this may feel strange initially, it’s a helpful way to see how your body language and intonation translate over camera, while allowing you to test the quality of your sound, lighting and video.

5. Look into the webcam

It’s important to take the time to become comfortable looking directly into the webcam. Avoid the temptation of looking at your own image on the screen and instead look into the camera so that you maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Don’t forget to smile at the same time as this will help you build rapport.

6. Keep notes off screen

It is perfectly acceptable to refer briefly to notes but keep them out of shot during your video interview. They should also be brief and used only as springboards or prompts. Do not be tempted to read from them word for word, but instead hold eye contact with your interviewer and speak freely.

7. Join the interview early

Just as you would turn up early to a physical interview, have everything in place at least 10 minutes before your video interview is due to commence. It’s just as unprofessional to leave an interviewer waiting online as it is in the interview room. So, join the video interview a minute or two before it is due to start.

8. Dress for the job you want

While you may be sitting in the comfort of your own home, you should still dress for as you would for an in-person interview. Not only will this make you look the part, it will help you get in the right mindset for a formal conversation.

9. Project confidence down the lens

While always important, communicating confidently is even more of a decisive factor in video interviews than it is during regular in-person interviews. Without being able to use your body language to show the interviewer you are listening, interested and enthusiastic, they might have difficulty reading you. Leave them in no doubt of your interest in the role by asking questions and communicating confidently throughout the interview.

10. Keep calm throughout

Do not panic if your signal breaks up or you lose internet connection. The most important thing is to stay calm in your video interview. How you react when things don’t go as planned can reveal a lot about how you cope under pressure, and a potential employer will be looking out for this.

If your technology fails, restart the call. Quickly contact your interviewer to update them – they’ll understand it is out of your control, so try not to worry and keep your composure.

To be safe, it is a wise precaution to have alternative contact details in case you need to switch over to a different channel.

11. Follow up

After the video interview, send a quick email via your recruiter to tell the interviewer that you enjoyed talking to them and learning about the role and their organisation. Reinforce your interest in the job and mention that you look forward to hearing from them soon. This sets you up nicely for the next conversation.

As video interviews become a regular part of the recruitment process, it’s important to know how to perform well. With these video interview tips, you’ll be able to appropriately prepare to ensure your next video interview is a success.

For further insights from our recruiting experts, see our careers advice or contact your local Hays office.

How would you like to do a job interview from the comfort of your own home?

Just think about it: No more hoping your clothes don’t wrinkle too badly on your way to the office. No more sitting nervously in a hallway with a handful of other candidates, waiting to be called in. And the ability to literally kick back and relax as soon as the interview is over.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? And the best news is that the number of companies conducting video interviews is on the rise — especially due to global fears around the coronavirus. For example, both Google and LinkedIn recently announced to job seekers that they’d be conducting job interviews virtually.

So, if you’re looking for a job and a potential employer asks you to do a video interview, how can you best prepare? Keep these six tips in mind:

    Make sure your hardware works. Whether you’re conducting the interview on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, you can’t afford to have any equipment glitches during the conversation. If you’re using Wi-Fi, find the location in your home where reception is the strongest. Keep in mind that a hardwired connection is preferable because it’s faster and less prone to interruptions. In addition, check that the microphone and speakers on your device or headset work properly.

Familiarize yourself with the tech.Medium advises getting comfortable with the specific tool or program — Zoom, Skype or another app — you’ll be using ahead of time. Review how to turn your audio and video on and off, and if relevant, find out how to share your screen.

Minimize distractions. Choose a quiet setting where you won’t be interrupted. It’s also advisable to stop all message and email alerts for the duration of the interview, since they can be distracting.

Prepare the setting. After choosing where you’ll conduct the interview, make sure the area is well-lit, without backlighting. Clear away any clutter so your environment appears calm and professional. Place your résumé, job application and any other supporting materials you’ll need in a spot where you can easily access them without leaving the screen.

Choose appropriate attire. According to The Balance Careers , it’s best to dress professionally — just like you would for an onsite interview. Don’t make the mistake of dressing down from the waist down. You never know when you might have to stand up during the virtual interview.

  • Look into the camera. This will give the interviewer the impression that you’re looking him or her in the eyes — as opposed to when you look at their image on the screen. Looking into the camera can also help you project an air of confidence — plus, it shows you’re accustomed to using tech tools.
  • If you’re nervous about conducting a job interview virtually, Lifewire recommends doing a test run with a friend a couple of days in advance. You’ll be able to practice looking at the camera instead of at the screen and your friend can provide you with constructive feedback about your appearance and setting. Most importantly, make sure the technology doesn’t get in your way, but instead enables you to properly showcase your abilities and qualifications to the interviewer.

    As more businesses are utilising remote processes for their interviews, there is a good chance that you will need to do at least one of your job interviews via video.

    While this may feel different from what you are used to, there are a few advantages to this type of interview. Here are some video interview tips to make sure you present yourself in the best light during the interview.

    1. Power, connection, and your device

    It may seem obvious, but if you are using a laptop make sure that it is properly charged or plugged in throughout the interview. You do not want to get cut off in the middle of your conversation. Make sure you choose a location with a good internet connection too.

    If available, use a desktop or laptop computer instead of a tablet or phone. This way you will not have to hold the device and risk a shaking screen that will frustrate your interviewers. It will also free up your hands, enabling you to be more animated when you are explaining your experience or talking about your experiences at work.

    2. Light, background, and what to wear

    Try to arrange your space so that there is a good source of natural lighting. Otherwise, ensure you have strong lights overhead and slightly behind. Shadows can make you look strange and your interviewers will want to see you clearly. A plain, light-coloured background is best. Avoid setting up in front of your feature wallpaper, bookcases, or posters.

    Treat the video interview in the same way as you would a normal interview. Do not dress down in a t-shirt and jeans just because you are not in an office. You need to look as professional and put together as you would if you were meeting for a face-to-face interview.

    3. Distractions

    You need to be away from all distractions when you sit down for your interview. Choose a quiet room somewhere and make sure that any people who are around are aware that you should not be disturbed.

    4. Practice

    A practice run before the interview is essential. You want to ensure that you look good, can be seen clearly and all the equipment is working properly.

    A huge advantage of video interviews is that you can have prompts. Set them just above the line of the camera and no one will even know you are using them.

    5. Camera

    Make sure your camera is set in line with your eyes. If it is too high, the interviewers will see the top of your head and if it is too low your face will be distorted. You want them to be able to see your head and shoulders clearly, so do not sit too close or too far from the camera.

    During the interview, do not make the mistake of looking at the person on the screen. Yes, when they are speaking to you, you should be picking up on body language signals, but when you are giving your answers, try to look into the camera.

    6. Pause before speaking

    Often on camera there is a delay. Like on news broadcasts, it is a good idea to wait a few seconds before responding to a question in case there is a delay. You do not want a situation where you accidentally end up rudely cutting your interviewer off mid-sentence.

    If you are preparing for a video job interview, it is important to remember that this type of meeting can be less stressful than face-to-face interviews, which puts you at a significant advantage. As long as you prepare your set up properly and do your research prior to the interview, you should be well placed to make a strong impression on your interviews. Be sure to view our top tips on preparing for your interview.

    Check out our full library of career advice here. Alternatively, create a MyPage account today and begin the search for your dream job.

    Succeeding in a video interview will sound and feel a lot like succeeding in an in-person interview: in both cases, success looks like being offered the position. But how do you ensure video interview success? To put your best virtual foot forward during your next video interview, follow these 5 key tips.

    1. Come prepared

    Your upcoming video interview will be just as rigorous as your past in-person interviews, so your preparation should reflect that. Before your interview, take the time to thoroughly research:

    • The company you are interviewing for a position at
    • The position you are interviewing for
    • The company’s industry and top competitors
    • The products and services the company provides
    • The company’s top and most recent achievements (hint: check out their social media accounts)
    • Your interviewers so you can identify them each visually, a quick Google or LinkedIn search will help shed light on who will be attending your Zoom meeting

    Additionally, remember to prepare your own questions to ask the interviewer when they turn to you.

    2. Check your tech

    The biggest roadblock facing your Zoom interview is a technical difficulty. It would be a major disruption if your microphone or webcam glitched in the middle of your virtual meeting. So, in the days leading up to your video interview be sure to familiarize yourself with the software you will use for the interview—many of the top video conferencing platforms offer free trial runs or tutorials—and test the audio settings on your microphone, the camera settings on your computer, and your internet connection so that you have a technologically seamless video interview.

    Pro tip: If your Internet connection is unstable, download the Zoom app on your smartphone and use your data connection to attend the interview. Test out your framing and position your phone with your head and shoulders in the frame.

    3. Watch your tone

    When utilizing video conferencing technology, sometimes there are audio delays between meeting attendees. To prevent an audio delay from derailing your interview, speak slowly and with clear enunciation when it is your turn to answer questions or address your interviewer. This is an easy way to ensure you are understood clearly by your interviewer. Similarly, apply this same courtesy to the other meeting attendees by maintaining focus on your interviewer and listening to them carefully. When they pause, wait a few seconds before responding so as to not unintentionally cut them off or interrupt them due to an audio delay.

    4. Pay attention to your body language

    How you present yourself on camera during your video interview will automatically convey a lot about you to your interviewer. To present yourself as attentive and professional, maintain good posture by placing both of your feet on the ground and sitting up straight. Try to avoid slouching or gesticulating too much while you speak, big movements can be distracting during video interviews.

    Additionally, remember that if you are looking at your interviewer’s face on your computer monitor then to them it will appear as though you are looking down. Instead, be sure to look into your webcam as often as possible—especially when you are speaking—to look directly at your interviewer.

    5. Follow up

    Just like at the end of an in-person interview, it’s essential to follow up after your interview. Don’t be shy, typical hiring processes take several rounds of interviewing before a candidate is offered the position. To remind your interviewer of your ongoing interest in obtaining the position at their company, follow up no later than 24 hours after your interview is completed.

    Follow up by writing a personalized thank you note to each member of the interviewing committee. If a handwritten note isn’t your style, following up via email is far better than not following up at all. It’s also good practice to add the team on LinkedIn with a thoughtful thank you note in your request.

    Tips on How to Nail a Zoom Interview

    For extra video interview preparation, here are some additional tips and tricks on how to nail a Zoom interview:

    • Practice for your interview by recording yourself on video and playing it back to check your audio and video quality and speaking pace.
    • Treat your Zoom interview like an in-person interview in terms of preparation and state of mind.
    • Be yourself! Don’t let technology get in the way of showing your interviewer what makes you a unique asset to their team.
    • Wear pants. While pajama pants on the bottom, business attire on top might work for remote meetings at your current company, if you have to stand up for any reason during your interview you want to be appropriately dressed all the way to your feet.
    • Zoom interviews may be recorded and shown to other members of the hiring committee, don’t say anything during your video meeting that you wouldn’t want other members of the organization to hear.
    • Familiarize yourself with the mute button in case a loud noise like your dog barking or a garbage truck beeping occurs when your interviewer is speaking.
    • Set your Zoom name to your formal name and add your pronouns.
    • Set your camera at eye level so you don’t need to slouch to make eye contact with your interviewer.
    • Wear earbuds during your interview to ensure your voice can be heard clearly by the interviewer and likewise, you don’t miss a word they say.

    Good luck with your next virtual interview! And if you are new to this video conferencing platform, here is everything you need to know about using Zoom.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    In the post-COVID labour market, more and more job interviews are taking place online. While this is convenient and easier than in-person interviews in many ways, it also presents a new set of challenges for job seekers. Here are our top tips for making sure you’re ready for your next virtual interview.

    How do you make a good first impression when you can’t shake hands? What if you have a patchy internet connection? Will the interviewer notice if you use notes? These are just a few of the questions that you might be asking before your next virtual job interview.

    In this article, we’ll help answer some of your questions and help you pass your virtual interview with flying colours. Read on for all the insider tips on how to prepare for a video interview!

    Look at the camera during your video interview

    One of the most obvious differences between virtual job interviews and in-person ones is the fact that your interviewer will be looking at you through a screen. This means that showing confidence and establishing a strong connection with your interviewer might be more difficult.

    It’s natural to want to look directly at the interviewer’s face during an interview. However, when your interview is on Zoom, MS Teams or some other digital platform, looking at the interviewer’s face means looking down at the middle or bottom of your computer screen. From the interviewer’s perspective, you’d be looking away from them! This could make you come across as underconfident or even uninterested.

    The best way to make “eye contact” virtually is to look directly into the camera on the top of your laptop. For you, it will feel a little strange, but for the interviewer, it’s the best way to impress. Don’t worry, it’s okay to look away once in a while so that you can properly see what’s happening on your screen.

    Remember to pair this with positive body language. If you’re slouching or leaning over a table, this could create a negative impression on your interviewer. Always aim to sit upright in a chair with your image centred on the screen, just as if you were in a regular job interview!

    Dress professionally for your virtual job interview

    Another part of making a good impression on your interviewer is how you dress. You might think it’s ok to wear an old t-shirt and a baseball cap because it’s not an in-person interview, but this would come across as very unprofessional.

    Dress exactly as you would if this was a regular job interview. We recommend wearing a shirt, blouse, suit jacket, or professional dress. This shows your potential employer that you will take the job seriously, even if you’re working from home with little supervision.

    Use sticky notes in your remote job interview

    One big advantage to interviewing remotely is that you can use visual aids without your interviewer noticing! Use sticky notes to remind yourself of key points to talk about or prepared answers that you want to give for common questions.

    You can post these on the edge of your laptop screen so that you’re not noticeably looking down at notes throughout your interview. These notes should be used to quickly jog your memory, so don’t write whole paragraphs of text down because your interviewer will know that you’re giving them canned responses. Short bullet points will work best!

    Prepare all tech before your virtual interview

    When your interview relies heavily on your computer and other gadgets working properly, you’ll want to make sure that your tech works and is ready to go. Don’t start up your computer five minutes before your interview starts – you might get caught with a mandatory system update at the wrong moment.

    Whether it’s Zoom, Teams or Google Meet, test your account the night before. Make sure your computer is updated and fully charged. Ensure you have a headset if you expect there to be background noise. Check your internet connection and modem are running smoothly. Test your webcam or laptop camera to make sure it’s fully functional.

    By doing this the night before, you prepare yourself to deal with any unexpected issues that might pop up. If any problems arise during the interview itself, do your best to deal with them in the moment and if necessary, explain to the interviewer that you’re having some technical issues. Recruiters and interviewers spend several hours a day in online meetings, so they’ll be understanding!

    Consider sharing screens during your video interview

    Virtual interviews are a great opportunity to show off your digital skills. If appropriate, consider prepping something that you can show your interviewers visually.

    Are you a graphic designer? Share screens and show them your latest project or some samples from your portfolio. Are you an executive administrative assistant? Share screens and show them how you organize your Outlook calendar.

    A visual demonstration of what you can do will stand out in a job interview. Sharing your screen also shows a high level of confidence, transparency and digital competence – qualities that interviewers value and are actively on the lookout for.

    Set up your background and lighting before your virtual job interview

    What the interviewer sees on the screen is a reflection of you as a potential employee. If they can see a pile of laundry behind you or if the room is too dark to see your face, it will likely have a negative effect on their opinion of you as a candidate.

    Think about how you’ll be seen on the screen and set up your background and lighting so that you present yourself as professionally as possible. A light-coloured wall and regular room lighting usually work best.

    If you think lighting or an appropriate background might be a problem, consider using a digital background during your virtual job interview. Download a free background that’s compatible with your video platform and the space behind you will appear blurry, as a landscape or a virtual room, depending on what you choose. This is a common practice in professional video calls, so your interviewer won’t mind!

    The bottom line on remote job interviews

    Virtual job interviews are a relatively new phenomenon, but if you follow the tips we’ve given you in this blog post, you’ll have a greater chance of success. The key points to remember are: check your technology, behave and look professional and be confident. Good luck with your interview, the whole Adecco Canada team is rooting for you!

    In this current climate, technology is leading the way in not only how we work, but in landing that next job!

    For a number of years the Public Appointments Service have been examining and using a range of new and leading edge technologies to support different parts of our recruitment process. Some of these have included different types of ‘video based’ interviews, which can be conducted using your phone, a tablet or your laptop / PC.

    Below is an outline of the two main types of ‘video based’ interviews we are using with some practical tips on how to get set up and do your best during your interview.

    Automated Video Interview:

    In this case, rather than seeing the interviewers on screen, you will see questions presented on screen and will be asked to record yourself responding to the particular questions. At the beginning, you will be given sample questions to practice on to help you familiarise yourself with the process and see what it’s like to ‘speak to the screen’. When you are ready, you will be able to start the interview. It’s worth noting that once you ‘start for real’, you need to complete all the questions and you won’t be able to go back and ‘re-do’ an answer. Once completed, your responses are later reviewed by our interview board members. We have used this format of video interview on a number of campaigns over the last 2 – 3 years and the overall experience has been welcomed by candidates as they found the system easy to use.

    Live Video Interview

    This is a video call/meeting, with an interview panel, as if you were sitting in front of your interviewer at a face to face interview. For this type of interview, you will be able to log-in a few minutes before the interview; you will receive a message to say you are in a ‘waiting room’. The interview board will be notified when you’re in the waiting room and will call or ‘admit’ you when they are ready to see you.

    The process is very similar to a real life interview and once you are in on the call, you will be able to see the interview board members and they will be able to see you. They will ask you questions and get to know you as they would in a regular face-to-face interview. At the end of the interview, you will be asked to ‘Leave’ and the interview panel will wait until you have left before proceeding. If you have difficulty leaving, our Representative on the interview board will assist you.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Interviews can be daunting at the best of times and the key to success is preparation. We already have some very useful tips on preparing for Interviews on our Interview Advice Page and you may also find the information below helpful in preparing for a Video Interview.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Technology

    • Internet Speed: 1 Megabits per second is required for a clear HD connection. You can test your internet speed on Google
    • Laptop/Mobile/Tablet: Make sure your device is fully charged before your interview and has a webcam/front facing camera.
    • Audio & Camera: Check that your microphone and camera are working correctly and the sound and picture are clear (Maybe give your camera lens a quick clean). On our video interview platforms, you can run a test on both so that everything is in working order ahead of your interview.
    • Avoid Disruption: If using your mobile phone for the video interview, ensure to place it on ‘do not disturb’, to avoid any incoming messages or calls. If using a PC/laptop for the video interview, ensure to have no other tabs open, and turn off or place your mobile phone on silent so you are not distracted.
    • Technical Difficulties: If you have problems with the technology before, during or after your interview, please let us know as soon as possible. It is OK to let the interviewers know there is a problem or if you are not hearing them clearly.

    Environment

    • Location: choose a quiet area, where you won’t be disturbed. It may be helpful to place a sign on the door to remind others not to interrupt.
    • Lighting: Choose a well-lit area, with a plain bright coloured background
    • Camera: Raise the camera to eye-level if possible (you may wish to place a stack of books or a box underneath your device to help with this). If using a mobile device, try to make sure this is steady for the duration of the interview – if possible use a stand to keep the device upright. The camera on your device should be positioned to show your head and shoulders on the screen.
    • You may find it useful to have a glass of water to hand.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Dress Code:

    Even though you will be in the comfort of your home, many people find it really helpful to dress as you would for a face to face interview. It helps to ‘get you in the zone’.

    Giving your full attention

    Things like eye contact and posture are just as important for a video interview as it is in person.

    • Remember to look directly at the webcam, instead of your own screen, when you are talking. This will help you to align your eyes with the interviewers. You can look back at the screen when you’re listening. Some people find it helpful to put a little sticker beside where the camera is as it helps to give you a focus – but please make sure you don’t put it over the camera.
    • Remember to sit upright with your back against a chair and shoulders open. This can help in conveying a positive, upbeat mood.
    • During the interview, it is good to nod and smile where appropriate to show that you are giving the interviewer your full attention.

    Practice

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    As with any interview, it is important to be as prepared as possible. Although it is becoming more widely used, video interviewing may feel a little strange at first. It is advised, particularly for Automated Video Interviews, that you practice by recording yourself speaking into a camera.

    This should help you feel a bit more comfortable when it comes to recording the real interview. We understand that these new methods can be daunting, so please rest assured that during your interview, the interview panel are only interested in the content of what you have to say and your suitability for the job. They are not assessing how comfortable you are on camera.

    Reasonable Accomodations

    The Public Appointments Service is committed to positively supporting candidates with disabilities throughout the selection process. If you have a disability and would like to share information that you feel would assist you to do your best during your video interview, please contact the relevant recruitment unit managing the campaign or our Disability Champion to discuss your needs.

    Please Note: More information on your interview process will be provided by the Public Appointments Service, prior to the interview

    Global Sports

    Posts by tag

    • Industry Insight (97)
    • Career Intelligence (69)
    • Education (45)
    • Interviews (41)
    • Training (14)
    • Industry Intelligence (6)

    See all

    Popular articles

    SUBSCRIBE TO THE LATEST INTELLIGENCE

    How to prepare for a video interview at homeVideo interviews are becoming an increasingly popular recruitment tool, growing 57% from pre-pandemic times , and are a convenient way for employers to streamline the hiring process and attract the best talent, regardless of location. The same principles of preparation apply to both face to face and video interviews, with learning about the role and company, defining your skills, strengths and weaknesses, and asking relevant questions being the key to success. However, interviewing in a digital environment can bring an added layer of complication. Whether it’s practicing using the technology beforehand or dressing appropriately, here we share our top tips to help you navigate the video interview process and land your next job in sport.

    Dress professionally

    Despite the fact the interview is not taking place in an office environment, it’s important to still dress appropriately to ensure you convey a great first impression to your potential employer. Make sure to choose an outfit that won’t be distracting on camera, so its recommended to avoid bright colours or patterns. Although only your ‘top half’ will be shown on camera, dressing professionally from head to toe will help to put you in the right frame of mind, increase your confidence and set you up for success.

    Chose an appropriate location

    Where you chose to locate yourself for the interview is crucial. Choose a quiet location that has a neutral and tidy background and avoid using the themed or blurred background features that video applications such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams offer. This will help to convey a more professional approach and reduce any on screen distractions. Most importantly, if you’re at home and live with others, make sure to warn them of the time and date the interview will take place, so they won’t interrupt you. Remember to check that your location and has a reliable and secure internet connection, turn off your phone and mute any notifications that may pop up on the screen during the interview.

    Be aware of your body language

    Although a video interview offers a more informal setting, it’s still a formal interview and your body language is a critical part of making a good impression. Keep a formal posture by sitting up straight, with both feet on the floor and your arms resting either on the desk or your lap. Make sure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer by looking directly into the camera and not around the screen or at yourself. You may find it helpful to remove your own video entirely to ensure you are solely focused on the person(s) conducting the interview. Finally, remember to smile, show enthusiasm and pay attention to your non-verbal communications, such as hand movements or expressions.

    “Make sure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer by looking directly into the camera and not around the screen or at yourself.”

    If you’re looking to improve how you build rapport in an interview, check out our advice here.

    Preparation

    An advantage of a video interview over one that takes place face to face is the ability to use keywords or prompts to help you construct your answers more successfully. Whilst this can be useful and may reduce your stress levels, keep them short and brief, and only refer to them subtly as a checklist if you need to. Avoid being reliant on them or reading directly from them, as this will be obvious to the interviewer and will make you sound unnatural.

    Test, rehearse, repeat

    Before the interview occurs, do a practice run using the employer’s chosen video platform, to familiarise yourself with the digital environment and perfect how you conduct yourself on camera. It may feel like an unnatural setting at first, so practicing may help you feel more relaxed before the actual event. Make sure you know how to navigate your way around the video platform, such as how to start or end the interview, or how to share your screen if you’re expected to carry out a practical task. If possible, do a test with a friend or a family member, to make sure the microphone, camera and connection are all working correctly and gather any feedback from them that may help you improve. This will also give you the opportunity to choose the best lighting and camera angles, helping you to feel confident and give you the greatest chance of succeeding.

    “It may feel like an unnatural setting at first, so practicing may help you feel more relaxed before the actual event.”

    On the day the interview is scheduled to take place, ensure your laptop is fully charged and plugged in. It’s also a good idea to log in early to the interview to demonstrate you’re professional and organised, and it also allows you to do a final sound and quality check. If for any reason there are any technical problems during the interview, make sure to let the interviewer know as they may be easily solved, helping the overall interview run smoother.

    End on a positive note

    Whilst it’s important to maintain a professional approach, the end of an interview is the best opportunity to adopt a slightly more relaxed attitude. For example, you may ask more informal questions, such as where the offices are located or any social events the company runs, allowing more personal interactions with the interviewer. Make sure you also use this opportunity to reinstate your excitement and passion for the role and company, and ask relevant questions, ensuring you leave a good lasting impression which can help you stand out from other candidates. Finally, always thank the interviewer for their time and follow up with a post-interview thank you. How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Follow this guide to prep and perfect your video interview skills.

    There’s no question that for many job-seekers, interviewing is the most intimidating part of the process. But what if you could do it from the comfort of home? For many employers, virtual interviewing is the future—whether you live far away or need to interview remotely for another reason, video conferencing is an easy fix that many companies utilize when meeting candidates “face to face.”

    While video interviewing doesn’t allow for some tried-and-true methods for making a good impression, like giving a firm handshake, there are many ways to wow your potential boss from behind a screen. Simply follow this guide to prep and perfect your video interview skills.

    Prepare in advance

    Be sure to do your research on the employer ahead of time! Log into Handshake and check out their profile, read reviews from peers who’ve worked or interned there, and scope out recent news coverage of the organization for developments. The better equipped you are to ask thoughtful questions, the smoother your conversation will go throughout the interview.

    Also use this time to review your resume and the job description, and consider how your past experience might help you exceed in the role. Having this information fresh in your mind will help you feel more confident during the video call.

    Show up on time

    This is one of the easiest ways to start things off on the right foot: show up on time! While you don’t need to log on 15-minutes early like you would when arriving for an in-office interview, definitely enter the video chat promptly at the set start time. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, make sure that you’ve got the correct software loaded (if necessary), and consider a test call with a trusted friend to work out any kinks in your connection.

    Dress for success, even remotely

    Make sure that you look polished and professional — at least up top. (The beauty of video calls is that nobody will know if you wear sweatpants with your Oxford shirt and tie!) Consider a button-up shirt or blouse, and be sure to groom just as thoughtfully as you would for an in-person meeting. Not only will this help you make a great impression with your interviewer, but wearing clothes that make you feel confident will also help you get your head in the game!

    Think about your background

    You probably wouldn’t invite your future boss over to your house if it were strewn with socks, right? So don’t let them see that on video! Find a clean, quiet area of your living space where you can take the call. Be sure to speak with any housemates in advance to ensure that nobody will walk behind you or make loud noises while you’re in the middle of discussing your professional strengths and weaknesses.

    Make “eye contact” with the camera

    If it helps, consider putting some googly eyes next to your webcam to remind you to look directly at it throughout the call. This gives the appearance of making eye contact, not distractedly staring at your screen! Making eye contact, even if through a laptop, helps foster a sense of genuine connection and attentiveness; it can make all the difference when trying to hit it off with your interviewer.

    Stay focused and visibly engaged

    One way to show your interviewer that you’re motivated and engaged is by practicing active listening. Consider nodding your head to give affirmations of understanding while they talk, and asking clarifying questions when necessary. Also, take hand-written notes! Keep a notebook nearby so that you can jot down questions or key takeaways from the interview without having to disrupt the flow of the conversation with loud typing.

    Don’t rely on a cheat sheet, but be prepared

    If relevant, be prepared to share your portfolio or examples of work to your interviewer; keep some tabs at the ready and offer to share your screen if the topic comes up. Also, come to the interview with questions that you’d like to ask your interviewer. This shows initiative and genuine interest. (You can find some good examples for interview questions here.)

    Remember to stay responsive after you wave goodbye

    After you end your call, be sure not to “ghost” your interviewer. Download the Handshake app to ensure that you respond to recruiter messages promptly, and check your email at least twice per day to stay abreast of any outreach or next steps that might land in your inbox!

    With these tips in your back pocket, you’ll have all the keys to succeed in your video interview. Now all you have to do is find the right opportunity! Check out this helpful advice for finding a job or internship online, and discover ways to make the most of a remote internship once you’ve got an offer.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Share This Post

    Zoom Interview Tips

    As a staffing agency, we have completely switched from in-person interviews to virtual. There are many benefits to doing this, especially safety. However, we have had many interesting Zoom interviews. Minor mistakes we have seen are candidates accidentally putting themselves on mute or not having a working camera. We also have seen more significant mistakes, such as dressing in sweatpants and lying in bed under the covers. We wanted to let you know what not to do on a Zoom Call.

    Because we have done hundreds of virtual interviews since COVID-19, we will go over all the “do not’s” we have seen for Zoom interviews! If you are going on a Zoom interview, here are the best tips for you to prepare for a Zoom Interview! If you haven’t seen our YouTube video yet, check out our page! These Zoom interview tips are important to follow.

    Make Sure to Test Your Video Platform Before Going on for an Interview.

    Going on a virtual interview with a recruiter or employer without having any issues with your camera or audio is the easiest way to impress your interviewer. When you prepare for an virtual interview beforehand, you show that you qualified and organized!

    We do not see it as a negative when you can’t get the video or audio to work when you first join the zoom call. We understand that these new video platforms can be tricky at first if you don’t have previous experience. With our world-changing and technology updating daily, there is no need to stress if you are having issues. However, if you join the Zoom call unmuted and your video is working, it does make an excellent first impression!

    We advise candidates to practice joining a video conference 10-20 min before your virtual interview with an employer.

    Quick Zoom Interview Tip: Make sure you have headphones, so the employer doesn’t hear any background noise. The last thing you want is the employer being interrupted by any sound in your house.

    Make Sure Your Camera Works Before a Zoom Interview.

    Don’t be the one that doesn’t have a working camera. You don’t want the Zoom interview to be you staring at the employer the whole time while they are looking at a black screen. Employers would just call you over the phone if they just wanted to talk. The purpose of Zoom and WebEx is to see the individual rather than just hear them.

    Often, we have seen candidates not have a working camera or not being prepared to be seen on video. Be equipped with a phone or a laptop that has access to video and always dress to impress!

    Make Sure You Are in a Quiet Room!

    Have you ever been to an interview in an office and there have been dogs barking in the background or babies crying? More than likely, no. This is why you should be in a quiet room to do your virtual interview. We understand that maybe you have a baby at home or a house full of dogs, but make sure that they are not heard when you go on a 30 min virtual interview.

    Companies hiring would much rather have you Zoom interview in your car with no noise than in your home office with dogs barking in the background. Not only is it distracting, but it can be considered unprofessional.

    Make Sure You Are Dress Professionally in a Professional Environment.

    At first, this may seem like a simple tip, but we have seen individuals show up unprofessionally to virtual interviews. Whether it is dressing in comfortable clothing, wearing hats, or lying in bed, we have seen it all. Make sure you dress up professionally like you are heading to an actual interview. If you are a male, make sure to wear at least a button-down and tie. Make sure you know that your tie color has a meaning !

    If you have to be in bed, don’t lay down. Sit up in a professional posture and just think of it as an actual interview rather than a virtual one. The last thing you want is for a company to be impressed with your work ethic and resume, but choose not to hire you based on your professionalism on video.

    You would never show up to an interview with wet hair and sweatpants, would you?

    Do Not Eat or Drink on Zoom.

    Eating and drinking on a Zoom interview is unprofessional and distracting for an employer. An employer is taking 30 minutes out of their busy schedule to meet with you. They hope you can do the same. In those 30 minutes, there should be no reason to eat or drink coffee. Take a break and finish eating or drinking after the call is over!

    We have rarely seen anyone eat on Zoom, but we have seen people take sips of coffee or chugging water. When you drink coffee when the interviewer speaks, it shows that you aren’t as attentive as you should be. Unless the interview is over an hour, there should be no need to drink during an interview.

    Do Not Use Your Phone While on an Interview.

    We discussed this in one of our other blog posts on preparing for a recruiter meeting. With virtual interviews being more relevant than in-person interviews, texting during interviews became more prevalent.

    The time you take to answer the text, you may be missing out on valuable information. If an employer sees you texting or looking at your phone, they may immediately take you out of consideration for the position. If you can’t take 30 minutes during an interview to not use your phone, you probably won’t be able to work 8-hour shifts without it. This is what the employer will take into consideration.

    Quick Zoom Interview tip: If you are interviewing on your phone or Mac, make sure to put it on “Do Not Disturb” to remove the temptation to read the text that pops up.

    Make Sure You Are on Time.

    As you know, showing up late to anything is wrong. When your scheduled Zoom call is 2:00 pm, make sure you are ready to go at least 5 minutes before. Showing up at 2:05 pm to a virtual interview will look bad on your work ethic. If you have computer issues or it decides to update right before you are about to hop on the virtual meeting, give the employer a call or email them saying you maybe a couple of minutes late to the meeting due to a technical issue.

    Quick Zoom Interview tip: If your computer does decide to update minutes before the virtual interview, try loading it on your phone to make sure you are still on-time for the meeting!

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Video job interviews are really commonplace now, especially with the increase in remote jobs, as well as the need to keep recruitment ticking over as usual.

    If you’re searching and applying for your new customer service role, chances are you’ll be invited to attend your interview for the role online. We’re going to show you how to feel prepared for a synchronous video interview:

    1. Treat it as a face-to-face interview
    2. Think about your setup
    3. What platform is the interviewer using?
    4. No distractions
    5. What if something goes wrong?
    6. What you should wear
    7. What kind of questions you will be asked
    8. Can you read from notes?
    9. Don’t look at yourself on the screen

    Firstly, there are two types of video interviews: recorded (one way) and two way.

    The first is the recorded interview, a.k.a the asynchronous video . This is where, typically, you’ll be sent a link to record your answers to a specified set of questions. This is the type of video interview where you don’t engage with another.

    Then, there’s the two way video interview, a.k.a the interview that happens when you talk to another using a video tool. It’s like a conversation, just online!

    1. Treat as a face-to-face interview

    This means you need to still dress the part, prepare and rehearse your answers, and conduct yourself exactly as you would in an interview that happens in an office.

    I get it. It’s different, it’s another thing to contend with balancing your nerves. I’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s new for a lot of hiring managers too.

    2. Think about your setup

    Okay, the basics. You’ll need a computer with a webcam and microphone, and good wi-fi. The room needs to be super quiet. If you live with housemates, give them a heads up beforehand, and leave a note on the door asking for no distractions. You’ll also need to ensure your online presence is professional, and by this I mean you need to ensure you have the right username on screen. (Learn more about this and how to ace a video interview from the BBC).

    3. What platform is the interviewer using

    Your interviewer should send an invite to the platform they are using to conduct the interview beforehand. This could be something like Zoom or MS Teams, or it could be their recruitment interviewing tool.

    As preparation for the interview, have a play around with what you and your setup looks like on camera. Make sure any light is in front of you, not behind – otherwise you’ll get a glare. Try using your headphones (with a mic) to see if that makes your voice clear.

    4. No distractions

    Let’s start with the most obvious! Put your phone on silent. If you’re using your laptop, make sure your apps/programs are off. The last thing you want, especially if you’re providing a great answer to a question, is for a Whatsapp message from your Mum popping up on screen. (Sorry, Mum!)

    5. What if something goes wrong?

    There’s always a chance of a hiccup. The most common in a video job interview situation is that your internet connection may drop. But remember, hiring managers will be more than aware that this may happen. But it’s all about how you act.

    Think about it, how you act to a sudden drop in connection or the cat jumping on your lap will give your interviewer an insight into how you act under pressure.

    Just make sure you’ve got a back up plan – switch to your internet on your phone. Drop your interviewer a message to say you’re reconnecting. Keep calm, you’ve got this!

    6. What you should wear

    Dress exactly like you would for a face to face interview. I can’t stress this enough. This is important for two reasons.

    The first: dressing appropriately will give you an extra level of confidence, it helps to put you in the right mindset.

    And secondly, first impressions are EVERYTHING! There’s nothing worse than being caught out.

    I’ve heard stories of the interviewee having to get up from their desk to switch their charger on at the mains, only to show that they’ve got jogging bottoms on. They’re wearing a smart top, but they’ve not thought about dressing entirely appropriately. What does that say about them taking things seriously?

    7. What kind of questions will you be asked

    Just because it’s a video job interview, doesn’t mean the questions you are expected to answer will be different. If your interview requires you to present something, make sure beforehand you know what format you’re okay to create it in (PDF, PowerPoint etc), be well-prepared!

    8. Can you read from notes?

    Again, think about how you’d act in a face to face interview. Chances are, you wouldn’t rely on notes usually, as they can be a little off-putting. Use them if you need to do so, but limit them. Perhaps have one or two post-it notes with a few details. As soon as you start including lots of notes, you may be tempted to start reading from them and it’s a bit of a distraction.

    9. Don’t look at yourself on the screen

    I know that it can feel a bit weird, but seriously, make sure you look at the interviewer to show you’re engaged, and this means keeping eye-contact with the camera. Your real emotions/reactions may not be as obvious in a video interview, which means you’ll need to be aware of body language.

    Make sure you nod when you agree with something, ensure you smile a lot. Being slightly more energised and aware of how you come across is important. It may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but trust me, it’ll be worth it.

    These are just a few tips to help you feel more prepared for a video interview and are rid of those interview nerves and get one step closer to your next role.

    If you’d like to chat through any of these tips or want to speak about your next role, we’re Wales’ leading contact centre recruitment agency . Get in contact, we love to chat.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    Virtual hiring is the standard now, with 86% of companies now using technology like on demand video interviews, also known as one-way video interviews, to recruit and meet candidates. As an alternative to phone screens, an on demand interview is a quick way for recruiters and hiring managers to determine if candidates meet the role requirements and fit the company culture.

    As the candidate, a one-way video interview is generally the first step in your interview process . You can expect to receive an email with a link inviting you to answer pre-chosen questions from the recruiter or hiring manager. Then, using the camera on your computer, smartphone, or tablet, you will record your answers to the on demand video interview questions and submit them for review.

    While some people may find video interviews intimidating, especially since recruiters can make a decision whether to hire you within the first 90 seconds , the key is preparation. With these 6 on demand video interview tips, you will easily wow your prospective employer and stand out amongst all of their top candidates:

    1. Check your tech

    With video streaming, online gaming, etc., there can be a lot of demands on your Wi-Fi. Ensuring you have a strong, uninterrupted internet connection is important to completing your on demand interview. If your Wi-Fi is slow or spotty, consider using your mobile hotspot.

    Also, make sure to test that your microphone and camera are working. If you are in a large room or one with high ceilings, you may want to use headphones to record your audio to avoid an echo.

    2. Set the mood

    Having a quiet, clear, and well-lit space will show your best self in your on demand interview. Eliminate all possible distractions and interruptions by turning your cell phone on silent, and if you’re at home, make sure people in the house know you are completing an interview.

    If you can, record in a space where you can close the door. Also, remember to give yourself ample time to answer each question – an hour should be sufficient.

    For your backdrop, choose a neutral color wall with limited clutter, as these will be distracting to the recruiter or hiring manager. Placing a plant in the background could add some feng shui but having an unmade bed could portray disorganization.

    Proper lighting is essential for good video quality. Sunlight works well if the window is in front of you, but not behind you. Turn on any available lights in the room and check to make sure there is no glare on your screen. You can add a simple desk lamp behind your camera to make you look a little more radiant.

    3. Dress for success

    The way you dress will give the recruiter or hiring manager a sense of who you are, and in any interview, you want to communicate professionalism with your attire.

    Aim to look put together while allowing your clothes to compliment your personality and not distract from your answers and experience (i.e. stay away from bright colors and loud patterns).

    A good rule of thumb is to dress one level nicer than what employees normally wear to the office. Check out the company’s website, Glassdoor or LinkedIn for pictures of employees. As an example, if you see employees in T-shirts and jeans you could aim for a business casual look with a polo or collared shirt.

    4. Research the company and practice your answers

    A prospective employer wants to know that you have done your research about the company and are excited to work for them.

    Make sure you research their company website, Glassdoor and LinkedIn pages and understand what they do, who their customers are, and the markets they serve . Go further by looking at press releases on their website, listen to earnings calls (if they are a public company), and set up Google Alerts to be notified about recent company events.

    Practicing common interview questions is always a good idea to prepare so you can answer any question confidently. Like in an in-person interview, it is important not to ramble, so keep the recruiter or hiring manager engaged by making your answers clear and concise.

    Make sure to weave company information into your answers and incorporate concrete examples of projects you have worked on and their outcomes. This information will demonstrate to the recruiter and hiring manager that you did your due diligence and that you can be successful in the role.

    Not only is it important to stress the hard skills you have, like knowing how to use a particular software, but also the soft skills many employers look for to confirm that you are a team player and will be a great fit for the company.

    5. Look at the camera

    Look directly into the camera when recording your on demand interview because it portrays to the recruiter or hiring manager that you are talking directly to them. Position your webcam so when you sit down, it is at eye-level. Then, when you are recording your answer, look into the camera as if you are having a conversation with someone sitting in front of you.

    While looking at the camera instead of the screen can be unnatural at first, practicing when you test that your camera is working can help make it more comfortable. You can also try putting a sticker, post-it note, or taping a picture of someone next to the camera to continually draw your eye to that point.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    6. Be present and be authentic

    Interviewing can be nerve-racking, even for the most experienced. Take a few minutes before you start recording to do some quick deep breathing exercises to reduce anxiety or to do a power pose to increase confidence.

    One of the most important things to remember when video interviewing is to be your authentic self. Smile when you give your answers and give them a glimpse to the human side of you as a candidate. At the end of the day, recruiters and hiring managers are human beings too and they want to be able to connect with you.

    Wrap up

    Completing an on demand video can cause uncertainty, but if you prepare, practice, and demonstrate enthusiasm and confidence, you can show recruiters and hiring managers that you are the person they want for the job.

    While video interviewing software can look and feel different, your experience as a candidate will be similar no matter which video interview platform you use. For additional on demand video interview tips and best practices we share with our interview on demand users, check out this candidate training course or these video interview tips to rock your next interview.

    About The Author

    Monique Mahler is the VP, Marketing & Partnerships at interviewstream. She is an avid researcher of facts, a self proclaimed marketing geek, and an equestrian in her spare time.

    About

    interviewstream is dedicated to the success of more than 900 clients from emerging businesses, midsize companies, large enterprises, colleges, and universities.

    The use of video calls for interviews has over the years started to become more popular, and since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in March 2020, face to face interviews were almost impossible, and video interviewing become the overnight new way to recruit. Employers have started to see how video interviewing can help to reduce recruitment timescales and also modernise the interview process.

    Previously some companies would use video interviewing for their first screening interviews, but now, more and more employers have used video calls for the full interviewing process.

    Video interviews differ to face to face as they:

    • Can reduce the timeframe of hiring someone in some companies by up to 50%.
    • Help reduce the risk of bias or unconscious hiring bias
    • There is the option to record and save the video interview which can be reviewed again or reviewed by other managers, or be kept for audit purposes
    • Reduce the cost of hiring

    Tips for preparing for a video interview – Candidates

    • Test the technology that will be used; ensure the WIFI signal is sufficient (if not – look at connecting your computer directly to the modem.)
    • Ensure the laptop/computer you intend to use is fully charged, have a charger close to hand just in case
    • Ensure no distractions nearby, so you don’t lose concentration
    • Ensure you keep eye contact (know where your camera is!)
    • Think about body language and how to sit facing the video
    • Keep a copy of your CV, the job advert and job description (if have one) close by to refer too.

    Tips for preparing for a video interview – Employers

    • Be transparent with the candidates, some candidates may not be used to using technology or being interviewed remotely
    • Put your candidate first and explain how the video will be used, ask them to provide information on themselves or examples of what they have done, to help put them at ease
    • Structure the video interview to ensure consistency, have a standard list of questions to ask all candidates
    • Use a decent video software

    Top 8 Video interview questions and how to answer them

    Below are 8 interview questions you can expect when on a video call and suggestions of how to provide good answers to these.

    1. What do you know about the company?

    Ensure that you have done your research into the company and can provide information that you know about them. Being able to provide information such as, the products or service they offer, the main customers, how long the business has been operating for, number of employers or sites and company culture, shows that you have taken an interest, before the interview to find out as much as you can about the company.

    1. Tell me about yourself

    This question is popular with interviewers as it is an open-ended question for the candidate to discuss themselves.

    The best way to tackle this question is to stay focused and talk about career history and why you are looking for a new role, fresh challenge, new career path, do not go too far back (unless specifically asked to). You can provide basic information about your personal life if you wish to, such as where you live and who with, but try to focus mainly on work and career aspects, the interviewer isn’t interested about where you went to primary school and who your best friend was!

    1. Why do you want the job?

    Explain how the role will suit you and your skills, refer back to the person specification and job advert. Talk about previous experiences and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are being interviewed for, provide examples that relate to the job.

    1. What is your greatest strength?

    Ensure that the strength you choose to answer with is a skill required for the job you are interviewing for, give examples of how you have excelled at this skill within previous roles and that you are looking forward to being able to bring these skills into a new role.

    1. What would you say is your main weakness?

    When looking to answer these types of questions, it is best to look for something that relates to your skill base and is real to yourself. Once you have explained what your weakness is then provide information on how you are planning to overcome this weakness. By providing information on improvement it will show that you are open minded and ready to overcome problems.

    1. Why did you leave your last job?

    There may be very easy explanations for moving jobs roles, these can include the end of a fixed-term contract, redundancy or relocation, or more complex issues such as conflict with your boss, bullying or harassment issues, no career development opportunities. During an interview always try to be as positive about leaving any position as you can be. Do not get into a discussion where you are being negative about a previous company or manager.

    Focus on the positive and say that you left for career progression and you are looking to advance your career in the way that the role you are being interviewed for will offer.

    1. How do you cope with or manage Conflict?

    Try with this question to have an example already prepared, explain how you have managed conflict in a previous role and provide information on who the conflict was with; it could have been with a colleague or manager but it is important to provide as much information on the issue and how you dealt with it, so the interviewer can get an idea as to the type of person you are.

    1. Where do you see yourself in five years?

    Candidates responses to this question will vary a lot. By asking this question the interviewer wishes to see how you see yourself and your future career plan, to see if you will fit in with the company culture and goals. When answering this question be honest, but avoid coming across as too ambitious, wanting to be top boss in a few years, or lacking any goals by not having targets.

    With the current social distancing measures and travel bans across the world, video interviewing has become even more critical for employers and job seekers alike.

    So here are our 7 top tips to help you own your video interview.

    1 Find the best environment and video background

    • Find a private, quiet location where you won’t be interrupted. Switch your phone off, close windows to block out any outdoor noise, and lock the door if needs be – we all know distracting our kids can be! Children interrupt BBC News interview
    • Find a simple, neutral background and ensure that your shot is well-lit. It’s best to have the light source coming from in front of you. Adjust the lighting if required once the shot is set up.

    2 Technology & MS Teams

    • You will need a laptop with a webcam, a monitor (not essential but can help with positioning) and some headphones – these can cut out any echo.
    • Ensure you have a strong internet connection.
    • Make sure you have Microsoft Teams downloaded onto your computer, and familiarise yourself with the system.

    3 What to wear for your video interview

    • Dress as you normally would for a face-to-face interview. Research the company and decide what is appropriate to wear.
    • Avoid patterns or distracting jewellery and ties. Opt for simple, softer colours and dress fully – not just from the waist up! This will help you to psychologically feel ready for the interview.

    4 Organise your desk for a stress-free video interview

    • Clear your desk space, and simply lay out your prepared notes, your CV and the job description, so that you have prompts to refer to.
    • Have a pen and paper to hand for any questions that spring to mind or any key details you want to note down.
    • Also make sure you have a glass of water to hand – interviews can be thirsty work!

    5 Find the best shot for success

    • Set up the shot so that you’re positioned in the centre of screen with some clear space above your head, and don’t sit too close to the screen.
    • Raise your camera to head level to avoid looking down on the interviewer and to make it more natural – use a laptop stand, or a pile of books.
    • Within Microsoft Teams, turn off the box that shows you, this avoids distraction and too much self-consciousness and allows you to focus more fully on the interviewer and the questions.
    • Once set up, check again for lighting – coming from in front of you. If you wear glasses, try to position the lighting to remove any unwanted glare.

    You’re almost ready to go!

    6 Test!

    This is a really important step.

    • Test your setup. Do a dummy interview using MS Teams with a friend. You can record it and watch it back to identify any adjustments you need to make.
    • Test the audio, the video and internet speed. Does the background look ok? How is your positioning?
    • What about your body language? Try not to fidget or move your hands too much, this can be distracting, and can interfere with the microphone.

    It’s crucial to test your set up before the interview. Don’t miss this step!

    7 Back-up plan

    • Inevitably, technology can let us down. Be prepared in advance. Ask the interviewer for a number to call, should you run into difficulty. Apologise, but make sure you proactively offer a solution – to call them and continue by telephone, or to reschedule.

    Prepare, prepare, prepare!
    Video interviews are no less formal than regular face-to-face interviews. So, it goes without saying that preparation is your key to success. Do your research, make sure you understand the role, and find ways to evidence how your experience aligns with the role.

    Once you’ve done this, the above tips will help you present yourself, and your expertise in a confident, adaptable and professional way.

    Please wait while we verify that you’re a real person. Your content will appear shortly. If you continue to see this message, please email to let us know you’re having trouble.

    Veuillez patienter pendant que nous vérifions que vous êtes une personne réelle. Votre contenu s’affichera bientôt. Si vous continuez à voir ce message, contactez-nous à l’adresse pour nous faire part du problème.

    Bitte warten Sie, während wir überprüfen, dass Sie wirklich ein Mensch sind. Ihr Inhalt wird in Kürze angezeigt. Wenn Sie weiterhin diese Meldung erhalten, informieren Sie uns darüber bitte per E-Mail an .

    Even geduld a.u.b. terwijl we verifiëren of u een persoon bent. Uw content wordt binnenkort weergegeven. Als u dit bericht blijft zien, stuur dan een e-mail naar om ons te informeren over uw problemen.

    Espera mientras verificamos que eres una persona real. Tu contenido se mostrará en breve. Si continúas recibiendo este mensaje, infórmanos del problema enviando un correo electrónico a .

    Espera mientras verificamos que eres una persona real. Tu contenido aparecerá en breve. Si continúas viendo este mensaje, envía un correo electrónico a para informarnos que tienes problemas.

    Aguarde enquanto confirmamos que você é uma pessoa de verdade. Seu conteúdo será exibido em breve. Caso continue recebendo esta mensagem, envie um e-mail para para nos informar sobre o problema.

    Attendi mentre verifichiamo che sei una persona reale. Il tuo contenuto verrà visualizzato a breve. Se continui a visualizzare questo messaggio, invia un’email all’indirizzo per informarci del problema.

    The pandemic has forced many organisations to recruit remotely meaning that more interviews are taking place virtually. It’s therefore important that job seekers prepare for this type of interview.

    So how can you prepare for a video interview?

    Check the Details

    • Check the date and time of the interview and which video conferencing technology will be used.
    • Make a note of the interviewer(s) name(s).
    • You should also ask what the format of the interview is likely to be, so you know how best to prepare and what to expect on the day e.g. will it be live or pre-recorded?
    • Choose a room which is quiet and well lit.
    • If you’re at home, inform others in your household that you’re taking part in a video interview. This should reduce the risk of any interruptions!

    Get Your Equipment Ready

    • Set your equipment up and test the video conferencing technology well in advance of the interview. This will give you plenty of time to get ready, check the sound/picture quality and address any technical issues which might arise.
    • Check that you have a good internet connection and your chosen device is fully charged. Make sure to have a power cable or charger handy just in case!
    • You may also wish to have a pen and paper to hand so you can take notes.

    Preparation, Research and Resources

    • Ensure you fully understand the role you are interviewing for. Read through the job specification prior to interview. You could prepare some examples of past experiences which closely relate to the job in question.
    • Carry out some research on the organisation e.g. look at the company website. Demonstrating you’ve done some independent research on the company during interview shows that you really want the role.
    • Keep your CV, of your key skills and achievements, plus any headline information about the company in front of you just in case you get stuck.
    • Many people based at home are dressing for comfort, but this is a job interview so don’t forget to dress appropriately.

    During the Video Interview

    • It’s important to maintain eye contact and positive body language throughout the interview. To achieve this, you should position the camera at eye level, look directly into the camera, sit up straight and smile!
    • Be careful not to interrupt the interviewer. This can be easily done if there is a delay caused by a slow internet connection. To avoid this, listen carefully, pause before answering, speak clearly and resist the temptation to rush your answers.
    • If you experience any technical difficulties speak up. Let the interviewer know straight away so that it does not affect your performance and allows time for the issue to be fixed.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview. Asking questions will confirm your interest and enthusiasm for the role and the organisation. Prepare some questions to ask in advance.
    • If you’ve enjoyed the interview and are keen to secure the position, leave the interviewer in no doubt that you want the job. You could thank the interviewer and tell them that you are looking forward to hearing from them.

    For further support with your job search contact us today on 📞 01977 269069 or 📧 [email protected]

    Testimonials

    The Prince of Wales Hospice were delighted to work with JS Recruitment on six vacancies in our retail business. The quality of applications we received was strong and we have been able to appoint some exceptional individuals who will help our shops raise more than ever for Hospice care!

    – Head of Income Generation, The Prince of Wales Hospice

    Contact Us

    If you’re looking to expand your team or searching for a change in job or career, JS Recruitment is here to help. We’d love to chat, so please fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    • College
    • Early Career
    • Everything
    • Internship

    Tips For the Best Lighting for a Video Interview

    Do you have an upcoming interview? Chances are that some, or all, of the interview process will happen via video chat. In fact, 47% of companies report utilizing video interviewing to speed up the hiring process.

    While convenience and comfort are two advantages to this digital interview format, some challenges arise. Engaging the interviewer and building rapport can be more difficult through a screen. Since you’re not sitting in front of the person, you’ll need to do your part to make the interview set up as engaging as possible.

    How can you do so? Make a positive first impression and place yourself in a positive light (literally) by setting up the correct lighting for your video interview. Read on to discover tips for the best lighting for video interviews.

    How to Light a Video Interview

    In a video interview, your face matters the most. It should be the focal point and, therefore, it must be well lit and easy to see. You can either use natural lighting or artificial lights to create a professional set up.

    How to prepare for a video interview at home

    How to Light an Interview with Natural Light

    When using natural light, ensure you sit opposite a big bright, soft light source, like a window. Do not sit with your back against the window or with the light source next to you; otherwise, your face or a part of it will appear darkened.

    Since you are at the mercy of the sun, you should have an alternative lighting source in place in case it gets cloudy. In such cases, you should have a back-up lamp in place, also positioned in front of you or a ring light around your camera that you can turn on easily.

    How to Light an Interview with Artificial Light

    Sometimes, natural light is not readily available. Not to worry; you can use artificial lighting like lamps or ring lights to create a well-lit interview set up. A lamp placed behind your device can make the difference when the sun is not at its brightest.

    You must strike a balance between your distance from the light source and its brightness. If you sit too far from the source, you will appear dark. If you’re too close, the light could appear harsh and reveal too much detail on your face, some of which you do not want to be seen. So experiment with the lighting beforehand to find the ideal balance.

    What Quality of Light is Most Flattering for Video Interviews?

    While there are different light sources, natural lighting is the most flattering for video interviews. However, artificial lighting for a video interview can also produce flattering results.

    Natural lighting is free and abundant. With your device ready, you are all set for the interview. The quality is perfect such that if you position yourself well, you will not have to bother about too much brightness or shadows. Since most interviews will last for under an hour, you may not have to worry about drastic light changes, depending on the time of day.

    You can use artificial lighting like fluorescent or LED lights at any time of the day. This is possible because these extra light sources have a strong reflective quality. With artificial lighting, you can create a professional-looking setup that leaves you looking polished and clean. Keep in mind that artificial lighting does come with a cost because you have so many moving parts (power cables, light stands, ring lights, etc.).

    Video Interview Lighting Mistakes

    The lighting you use in your video will determine how good you look, so it’s important to get it right. Here are some lighting mistakes you should avoid:

    • Sitting beside a window with only half of your face well lit.
    • Using tungsten (yellow) bulbs that create a golden cast on your face. Always use balanced or white light sources.
    • Sitting under overhead lights that cast shadows all over your face.
    • Sitting too close to any light source so that your skin appears tinted and way too bright for comfort.

    Tips on Enhancing Job Interview Video Lighting

    Be Confident On Camera

    Beyond your face appearing clearly in video interviews, you need to be confident to prove to recruiters that you are the right candidate.

    Whether it is your first job interview or one of many, there’s always room for improvement. InterviewFocus is just the tool to help. With InterviewFoucs, you can work on things that help you appear confident such as your body language, eye contact, word usage and more.

    Use Helpful Lighting Tools

    While you do not need to spend a lot on lighting gears, purchasing a few tools can be beneficial. For instance, investing in a ring light will enhance your set up for brighter and better-looking video calls.

    You can also invest in a laptop stand to bring the camera to your eye level. This does wonders for ensuring eye contact and reducing unflattering angles. With the tools in place, spend time practicing for interview questions that are coming your way.

    Have an Intentional Background

    When lighting for a video interview, be sure to pay attention to the background. You do not want recruiters drawn away from what you are saying by a messy backdrop. If you can, avoid going up against a wall as this can make you appear flat. Instead, add some depth to the room for natural shooting space. Then, expertly navigate the conversation with some standout interview questions.

    Keep Your Recruiter Engaged From Beginning to End

    Before you hop onto that interview video call, join a practice interview session through InterviewFocus. The platform offers innovative solutions to your interview struggles so that you can succeed in both virtual and in-person interviews.

    Get feedback on your performance and recommendations on how you can improve your interview skills today!