Video Interviewing Preparation Tips
Video interviewing can be nerve-racking for some of us. There are many things that enter our minds when preparing for a video interview such as what attire to wear, what questions are going to be asked and what if we accidently skip a question.
Yet video interviewing is not that different from a live face-to-face interview.
In fact video interviewing has been proven to be less stressful than live interviews as the interview can be conducted in familiar surroundings (at home).
There are many advantages for candidates when it comes to one-way video interviewing.
- Apply for the interview at your own time and location
- Record at your own pace and time
- Have your CV to hand to refer to should you need it
- Prepare yourself for the process
- Avoid travel costs and time
Here are some useful video interviewing preparation tips.
What should I wear for a video interview?
Business attire is always recommended. You should look professional. Would you wear your pyjamas to a live interview?
For women a high cut blouse with the option of a suit jacket is ideal.
For men a buttoned shirt, tie and a suit jacket would be appropriate.
Clothing colours is worth consideration. While whacky, paisley prints might be acceptable when applying for a creative role such statement wear would be best avoided if applying for a vacancy with a law firm. A dark blue suit may better serve in such circumstances.
Ultimately, what you wear projects an image so keep this in mind when preparing to record your video interview.
Clean, clear background
Do not record the interview with a window or light source behind you as it will cast a shadow.
Take a look around the area where you are going to record your video interview. Is it time for a quick spring clean?
Probably best to avoid filming the dishes piled up by the kitchen sink!
We recommend filming against a wall as this will avoid any distraction and keep the recruiter focused on you. Basically, the background should be clean and tidy in order to project a professional image.
Conducting the video interview during daytime hours is ideal as there will be plenty of natural light. This will optimise video clarity and quality.
If you record the video interview in the evening ensure the room is well lit. If you have a table lamp try positioning it so as to provide good lighting on your face, without blinding yourself!
Check your computer or laptop microphone and web cam settings. Ensure that they are working correctly by performing a Skype call with a friend or family member provides a good test.
Make sure that your audio is clear and the volume is sufficiently high.
Your web camera should be at eye level and is worth giving it a quick wipe to remove any dust.
Try placing your laptop on top of some books to reach eye level as there is nothing worse than looking down at the camera.
How soon should I complete the interview?
We suggest you apply as soon as possible. This indicates your enthusiasm and interest. If you receive an invitation for a video interview in the morning try to complete it before the next day. We recommend submitting your video interview within 24 hours.
Be positive and upbeat during the interview. This is your opportunity to shine and impress. Video interviewing is not a barrier to landing your dream job, it can actually help you in your quest!