How to Nail Your Next Video Interview

With the widespread availability of video, more and more companies are using video interviews as a simple and convenient way to expedite the interviewing process.

Not only do video interviews benefit the hiring company, but they are really the

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best of both worlds for job candidates too. You still have the opportunity to get some face time with a potential employer, but travel time is eliminated. Along with travel you can avoid parking in an unfamiliar area and all of things that go with physically going to an in-person interview. Having said all of that, there are absolutely no legitimate excuses, so do NOT be late!

Though the video interview might be easier to accomplish, do not for a second think that it isn’t as important as a face-to-face interview. It carries just as much weight and most likely will determine whether or not you move on to the next step of the process. Here are some tips to help you rock your next video interview.

Prep Phase

  • Practice! If at all possible, role-play with a friend or family member. This accomplishes a whole host of items. First, it gives you an opportunity to get vital feedback on how well you come across. Are you talking too fast? Looking away from the camera? How you present yourself is important. Make sure you know where your weak spots are so you can work on them. Practicing also allows you to test sound and other technical and equipment issues. Make sure your volume, webcam and microphone are all working properly and set appropriately.
  • Provide all necessary documents in advance. Make sure the hiring company or recruiter has your resume and other documentation well in advance of your interview.
  • Minimize distractions surrounding you. Pick a neutral background for your interview and declutter as much as possible. Make sure other people (or pets!) in your home won’t cause a disruption during the scheduled time.
  • Dress professionally. Wear the same thing you would for an in-person interview. Always dress the part and make a good impression. Avoid really bright colors or crazy patterns that could be distracting to the eye.
  • Prepare your list of questions for the interviewer. Just like you would for a face-to-face interview, be prepared with your background knowledge of the company and questions. Being prepared is also a great way to alleviate some of the normal nervousness.
  • Have a copy of your resume in front of you. If the interviewer makes references to something on your resume, you want to be completely in step with them, without hesitation.


The Interview

  • Look at the camera, not the screen. It can be tempting to watch yourself if you have the picture in picture feature, but you want to present confidence, and the best way to accomplish that is to maintain direct eye contact. So look directly at the camera and try not to look away. You don’t want to give the impression that you are distracted or uninterested.
  • Remember the importance of body language. It is important that you demonstrate interest and engagement. Listen carefully. Try to relax, nod and smile when appropriate. Minimize hand gestures, etc… SHOW that you are interested and listening.
  • Mind your manners! Always, always, always show appreciation and thank interviewers for their time – both on the call and as a follow up.

I hope this is helpful! Remember, performing well on a video interview is just as important as an in-person interview. If you have questions or additional suggestions for candidates embarking on their first video interview, please share in the comments!

CREDO is always looking for IT pros who share our passion for IT project success. Learn more about careers through CREDO Technology Solutions.

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Mindy Mihajlov, Manager of Technical Recruiting

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5 Responses to “How to Nail Your Next Video Interview”

  1. Excellent tips! I was looking for an advice like this for my upcoming video interview for a job. It’s my first ever video interview. I was quite anxious before but after reading these tips, I’m hopeful of cracking it. The “Look at the camera, not the screen” tip was absolute gold. It’s pretty obvious that I would have done the opposite and looked at the screen instead of the camera. You surely saved me there. Thanks!

  2. Great tips! We offer similar advice to job seekers who participate in video interviews on our platform and have a blog dedicated to them full of tips — We actually also came out with our own video for job seekers called “10 Video Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers”:

    Here at Spark Hire we are definitely seeing the popularity of video interviewing tech growing by the day, therefore, it’s very important that job seekers research best practices for video interviews because it’s likely they’ll be invited to one at some point in their job search; whether it’s for an entry-level position or a C-suite position.

    Job seekers should also keep in mind that, in addition to a live video chat interview, they may be invited to a pre-recorded video interview (we call it a One-Way). These are also becoming widely used and is our most popular feature among our customers because it’s just one of the many things Skype can’t offer to hiring pros. For this type of interview, job seekers record their responses to an employer’s questions via webcam or their mobile device. All of the tips mentioned can and should be applied to this type of interview as well!

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