5 Tips For Mastering Your Next Video Interview
1. Do a test-run with your computer.
Most interviews will be conducted either on Zoom or Skype. Most of us are already familiar with Skype, however for those of you who have not yet heard of Zoom, this is the time to get to know it well. Zoom is a video conferencing software that lets you connect remotely for video or voice-call meetings with one or more people. You can turn video on or off, similar to Skype, but if an employer is setting up a Zoom interview for a job, then they likely want to see you on video.
Download the app ahead of time so that you’re ready. (Zoom has a smartphone app for Apple or Android, as well as a downloadable app for computers).
Once you’re comfortable with the program you’ll be using, it’s a good idea to test your internet connection as well as your audio and sound capabilities to make sure everything works properly.
2. Pick the perfect spot.
Make sure it isn’t too dark but also stay away from overhead lights during the interview if you can. If possible, try to settle down near a window. Natural light is best because bad lighting can be distracting. A glare could make it difficult for the interviewer to see you—and you always want to put your best foot (or in this case, face) forward!
Pro Tip: Scope out a good spot to conduct your online meeting the day before to make sure you’re not rushing around before the interview.
3. Eliminate distractions.
Silence anything that could interfere with your conversation, including your phone and email notifications on your computer.
Pro Tip: Make sure no one else is around when you are completing your interview, including pets. Interviewers have told me they have had cats walk across the computer screen and close the session, a half-clothed man walk across the room in the background, and piles of laundry in plain sight. Don’t jeopardize your career by not being prepared!
4. Sit up and dress professionally.
Even though you’re not meeting your interviewer in person, make sure to dress for success and sit up straight. First impressions matter, and your appearance is crucial to making a good one.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to smile! Whether you are talking to an actual person or recording your answers, smile the way you would during an in-person interview.
5. Calm your nerves.
Practice your main talking points if you’re nervous and remember to slow down—it can be easy to talk over people on online calls.
Pro Tip: Even though this particular interview is hosted online, don’t forget to review your traditional interview skills. You’ll want to have answers prepared to some of the more common interview questions and examples in case they ask for specifics.