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10 Video Interview Tips for The Best Interview Ever


Video-Interview-TipsSeasoned communicator or not, meeting a new professional within your field can be intimidating. New  technologies call for more advanced techniques in communication for both personal and professional fields. You’ve watched YouTube videos – and probably made your own – but video integration has become a vital business tactic for the HR and recruiting departments you’ve worked with to find that perfect job. Video interviews are easy for the employer and they are convenient for you, but you have to understand the nuances first. There are two types of video interviews:

●   One-way interviews: The recruiter or hiring manager sets a handful of pre-determined questions for you to answer on your own time. Then, you record the responses to these questions using a webcam or mobile device. Once completed, the recruiters and hiring managers will review the stored videos.

●   Live video interviews: Instead of meeting at the corporate office or a coffee shop, you and the hiring manager talk via the live video. The hiring manager performs the interview via video software, just as they would if the interview were in-person.

This seems nerve wracking; but fear not. These interviews are breezy when you apply best practices to your video interview.

Video Interview Tips to Make Your Interview Great

1.   Stay Connected

Before the interview even begins, be sure to check your internet connection to avoid dropping the video mid-way through. Directly connecting an ethernet cord from your laptop to your router ensures a strong connection.

2.   Know the Software

Consider taking time before your interview to make sure you understand the software. GreenJobInterview’s team will conduct a Tech Check with you to make sure your system works, ensure you understand the software, and give you a few video interview tips. This will not only eliminate stress during the interview, but also show your potential employer you are tech savvy and quick to learn new processes.

3.   Let There be Light!

Lighting is very important when preparing for your interview. After all, there’s nothing less appealing than sitting in a dark corner– this is a professional interview, not a first date. Avoid placing lights directly above your head. This will cast a ghostly effect on your skin in contrast with the computer. The best practice it to place two soft lights on either side of the computer to create balanced lighting in the room.

4.   Dress to Impress

You might wear pajama pants around the house, but interviewing in the convenience of your home still requires an appropriate dress code. Wear black or blue as these colors will compliment the lighting we’ve previously suggested and keep the focus on you. Eliminate flashy jewelry to diminish distractions during the time of the interview.

5.   Position Yourself in Front of the Camera

You may not be in the same room as the interviewer, but it’s still important to maintain some personal space. Place yourself in the center of the frame from shoulder up (like a driver’s license headshot). Sitting too close to the screen can give the impression you’re invading personal space. When you’re positioned correctly the interviewer will be able to see and hear you best, just as you would be sitting across the desk from the professional in a traditional face-to-face interview.

6.   Pay Attention to Appearance

Non-verbal communication goes a long way, even though you are not in person. Posture and eye contact still translate through the camera. Avoid slouching and looking at the screen as this may communicate to the interviewer that you are uninterested and uncertain. Instead, lean forward and look into the camera (not the screen) when the interviewer is speaking to non-verbally communicate you are engaged, confident, and attentive to what they have to say.

7.   Speak With Elegance

In order to avoid repeating yourself, be sure to enunciate your words and talk at a steady pace. Many times when people become nervous, it’s easy to talk fast in a natural response to the anxiety attempt to quicken the process of the interview. You may not notice your tendency to talk fast when you’re nervous, so pay attention to your speech when answering questions.

8.   Practice Makes Perfect

If you took notes beforehand, only glance rather than staring at your reminders during the duration of the interview. These poor non-verbal cues will leave the interviewer wondering what you’re looking at and indicate poor soft skills. Review your notes several times before the interview so you are fluent in what you have prepared to say. This will help avoid vocal fillers such as, “Um,” “like” and “Uh.”

9.   Consider Strengths and Weaknesses

The dreaded question: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Don’t let this one kick you in the behind at every interview. Prepare a weakness that you can turn into a strength ahead of time and put this in your notes to avoid stuttering.

10.   Don’t Sweat the Mistakes

You’re a human, your interviewer will understand if you misspeak or make a mistake. If you have a statement you want to correct or take back and readdress, do so. This is a great way to show your potential employer you are transparent and honest.

Familiarizing yourself with new, foreign forms of interviewing can be a little alarming, but your interviewer doesn’t have to know you’re nervous. After all, it is an interview, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice or prepare. Keeping your cool during a video interview is as easy as wearing professional attire, practicing with the software beforehand, sitting up straight, and understanding your strengths and weaknesses. These video interview tips will help you show your colors during the interview, despite the new territory.


A 20-year veteran of the recruiting industry, Greg Rokos provides strategic direction for GreenJobInterview® and is responsible for marketing its video interviewing solutions through client meetings, conferences, speaking engagements and key channel partnerships.