1. Dress for Success
In preparation for your video interview, research the company culture before your interview so you have a good idea of what’s appropriate, you should dress professionally—the same way you would for an in-person interview.
To look your best on camera, avoid bright colours and opt for softer colours instead. If you are wearing a tie, wear a solid colour rather than a patterned one. If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare from the lenses.
2. Good lighting is a must
Make sure your light source comes from behind your computer and directs towards your face and your background is not distracting.
Make sure you position the camera so that you are looking up slightly and centred on the screen.
Check your background is free from clutter and embarrassing items like laundry piles.
3. Preparation is key
When interviewing virtually, make sure you set up your laptop in a quite spot with little distractions. Let any people in your home know in advance when and where you will be interviewing so they know not to bother you.
Log in 10 minutes before your interview to ensure your audio and video are functioning properly.
Print out your CV and make notes that you can refer to in the interview.
4. Body language speaks volumes
Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly reading each other’s facial expressions and body language. Be confident, smile, make eye contact and actively listen to your interviewer throughout.
When you speak, you want to direct your gaze at the webcam. When you do this, your eyes are more likely to align with the interviewer’s eyes on the other end and help convey the same level of eye contact as an in-person interview.
Sit in your chair with your back straight and your shoulders open. Feet can be planted on the floor and arms can rest in your lap or on the desk.
5. Have well-versed answers at the ready for all the typical interview questions
- Tell me about you
- Why are you interested in working here
- Why do you want to leave your current role
- Can you provide an example of a weakness
6. Technology can lag
When speaking make sure you project your voice slightly to ensure the interviewer is not straining to hear you. When the interviewer is speaking make sure you pause before answering so as to make sure you are not speaking over them.
7. Ask questions.
Be prepared and have some questions written down about the job, the culture, the team and the organisation in general.
8. Close the interview by thanking them for their time
Thank them for their time and follow up with a thank you email later that day or the next. Think about adding something that you and the employer discussed while getting to know each other that will make the thank-you message more personal.