How to present in a video interview

Quite often in a modern day job search you may be faced with the need to conduct an interview by video. Although there’s no need to attempt to become Steven Spielberg, it is worth thinking about how to ensure that you display your best side. Our handy tips below are designed to focus on a few easy tricks to come across well on camera.

  • Learn your lines – Prepare for your video interview just like you would a face-to-face interview. Rehearse answers to your interview questions beforehand so they will flow naturally when you record.
  • Dress to impress – You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression – and this time, your first impression is on camera. Dress professionally. It’s also worth wearing solid colours, as some patterns can be distracting on some Web cameras. Don’t wear white, as it may wash your face out.
  • Choose your location carefully – Record your video interview in a room that is quiet – you don’t want any unnecessary background noise. Make sure the space in which you are recording is tidy and free of clutter.
  • Lights, camera, action – Your facial expressions and body language may be the most important part of your video interview. Make sure your video shows both by recording in a well-lit room. Also avoid recording with outside windows behind you. The light shining through will make your face appear as a silhouette. A solid, light-coloured wall will allow for the best presentation.
  • Eyes on the prize – Look at the camera as you record, rather than your computer screen. Looking away from the camera will make you appear distracted and it may appear as if you are reading your answers, rather than naturally speaking.
  • Relax – We know the job search is stressful enough – but if you follow these tips we promise your video interview won’t be! Breathe, pause, and take a few minutes to prepare before you record. The video interview will be over in just a few minutes — much more relaxing than a face-to-face interview, which could take up to an hour.
  • Take your time – Although the length of each video response is limited, the time that you have to record your video interview is not. Review each response, ensure thorough answers and good video quality, and you’ll be one step closer to landing that dream job.