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Video Interviewing Tips

In today’s digital age, doing a video job interview is fairly common practice. If you are on the job market and haven’t done one yet, you can most likely bet you will be doing one soon. Whether you’re a tech-savvy Gen Z or someone that hasn’t used video conferencing before, everyone can improve their video conferencing skills. Here are some tips to help you shine during your next video interview.

The first thing you will want to confirm is which video conferencing platform the client would like to use and whether they will be calling you or they would like you to call them. There are a number of video conferencing options including Google Hangout, Skype, and FaceTime, so you will want to make sure you both are on the same page about which video conferencing technology you will be using. Once you know this, make sure you’re comfortable with the application. If it’s not a tool you’ve used before, do a practice run with a friend the day before the interview to get comfortable with the tool and troubleshoot any issues. Test it out in different rooms to see where the lighting is the best and find a place with a neutral background so the interviewer isn’t distracted by what’s behind you. One thing to consider is using a headset with a microphone instead of the mic on your laptop. The built-in mic on your laptop can pick up noises from the room and create an echo sound. If you are concerned about this, you can pick up a relatively cheap USB headset that would greatly improve the audio quality. If you are using your mobile device instead of a laptop or desktop you will want to make sure you place your device on a solid stead surface instead of holding it in your hand.

In the moments leading up to your video interview, make sure you have your notes and pen and paper handy. Ensure your backdrop in the video is a clean, well-lit environment and double check your audio and video image one final time. Dress as you would for an in-person interview and wear a contrasting color to the background behind you. Some other dressing tips for the camera are to not wear anything with a busy pattern or super bright colors. Softer, solid colors are your best friends here. If you are doing the interview at your house, make sure to close the door to the room you are conducting the interview in to avoid unwanted distractions (such as your dog suddenly deciding it’s time to play). As with any interview, be aware of your body language and speak clearly and calmly. With video conferencing there may be a slight pause between what the interviewer is saying and when you hear it. Wait a second before responding to the question to make sure you don’t talk over the interviewer. With technology, there is always the chance that things could go wrong so make sure to have a backup plan in case the video conferencing suddenly stops or stalls. I recommend having the phone number of the interviewer and calling that number right away if the video stops. Also, it goes without saying, but make sure your devise is fully charged before the interview.

I hope these tips were helpful. By practicing ahead of time and working out any technical kinks you can go into your next video interview confident and prepared.