Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview (Part I)


Do you have a video interview coming up? As hiring gets global and more employees to work remotely, video interviews are becoming commonplace. For recruiters and hiring managers, they’re a way to swiftly conduct first-round interviews, saving on transportation costs, and getting the interview process going way quicker than scheduling in-person interviews.

Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview

The key to a successful video interview is to prepare beforehand so that you don’t have any technical issues and are self-assured with the process.

Take a look at the following tips to be sure you ace this sort of interview. Bear in mind, a video interview has as much weight as an interview done in-person. Therefore, you will want to be sure that you’re completely ready to interview remotely.

Make sure to show up a little early for your interview and be prepared.

Advance Planning

For an interview in the company office, get there early, so you have time to become situated. Ask for help if you aren’t sure how to use the equipment. Even if you feel you can figure it out, it’s okay to ask for a fast overview.

For a Video Interview at Home:

If you are using your own equipment, do a test run 24 – 48 hours before the interview. 

Set up your camera and any microphone or headset as if you were going to do the real interview. If possible, use the same video technology that you’ll be using during the interview. That way, you don’t have any last-minute installation problems or password issues right before your interview. 

Your camera should be at eye level. An incorrectly placed camera can result in weird shadows or unappealing double chins. Check to be sure your sound equipment works correctly. 

It doesn’t matter the location, be sure that you send any materials (portfolio, resume, etc.) that the recruiter needs way in advance.