Video job interviews are getting more and more common. Like a phone interview or face to face interview, it requires preparation. If you haven’t done one before or if you’re looking to improve for future video job interviews this article is for you.
The key thing is to treat the video interview just as you would any other.
- Dress appropriately – as you would for a regular interview and wear shoes! It makes you feel more put together and professional
- “Arrive” early and know your interviewer’s name
- Do your research
According to the research, 21% of people dislike video interviews because they are uncomfortable on camera.
The more you practice, the more relaxed you will be with the setup and the more normal the interview experience will be. We’ve answered the most common video job interview queries below.
How to ace a video job interview?
It can be helpful to set up wherever you’re having the interview as an interviewer would. Get yourself a glass of water, have a pen and paper to hand for notes and make sure you have the room “booked” so there are no interruptions.
Make sure the room you’ll be calling from is tidy and that the background is free from any unsuitable distractions.
Wherever possible, make sure you are using a wired internet connection and test your webcam and microphone to rule out potential issues. Testing these factors and knowing they are clear will help you to focus on the interview itself, without worrying about bandwidth.
Better yet, practice interview questions with a friend beforehand, ideally on video. Use Skype or FaceTime, or whatever platform the interviewer will use.
What to wear for a video job interview?
Again, treat your video job interview like a regular interview. Make sure you’re well groomed, look work appropriate and feel comfortable.
Do your research, what one person will wear for a job in a creative agency will differ from what another will wear for a job in an accountancy firm.
Funnily enough, experts advise against wearing orange and research suggests wearing shoes will make you feel more put together and confident.
Top tips for a video job interview?
- Practice beforehand with a friend using the video software you’ll be interviewing with
- Test the platform you’ll be using before
- Make sure your laptop/phone/tablet (whatever you are using for the interview) is charged
- If using a computer/laptop close any other tabs so you’re not distracted
- Dress as you would for a normal job interview
- Look at the camera, not the screen
- Don’t forget it’s a video. Speak clearly and use your body language – sit up straight, nod and smile, try not to fidget and make sure you’re in a well-lit, tidy room
- Consider possible video delays
- Study the job spec beforehand and be familiar with your own CV
- Don’t panic if there’s a technical glitch or interruption – just apologise, explain and keep calm
Video job interview questions and answers
Unless specified otherwise you should expect the same interview questions in a video interview as in a regular interview. We have a full list of the most common ones available here.
While preparing, practice these questions and write down a few notes about the most critical points you want to make with your interviewer.
Are there certain skills and experiences you want to emphasise? Do you have certain interests or passions you want your interviewer to know about? When you have these clear in your head it makes it much easier to answer questions and do a good interview.
If the right leading questions aren’t asked you can always bring these points up at the end of the interview when the interviewer asks if you have anything else to add.
What to do after the video job interview?
Like a regular interview follow up after your video interview with a short email. In your email include anything you might have promised to pass on, reference details, examples of work etc. and a “thank you for your time” or something similar.
Finally, try to focus on the positives of doing a video interview. If you’ve been asked to do a video interview your interviewer is interested in learning more about you.
Unlike a phone interview, you get to see an interviewer’s reaction and use that body language feedback to have a much more natural conversation.
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This article was originally published in 2015. It has since been updated and republished.