Video Interview? Quick Tips & Prep

TESA’s Quick Tips: Video Interview Preparation 

Adding technology to an already nervous situation can increase the chances something will go wrong.

The video interview itself is your first test. We often hear, “if they can’t handle setting up and managing a Skype or Teams meeting, how dependable of an employee will they be?”  

Link to a Microsoft post about joining Teams without an account

However, if you plan well and avoid common blunders, you will look like a genius compared to those who fumble.

  • Plan to perform the video interview in a well-lit, quiet place with no distractions. No pets or kids. Your car is not the best idea.  If the car is your only option, ask ahead of time if that is okay. This takes the judgment off of you.
  • Test your camera, microphone, and lighting. Check the setting on the computer to ensure it is using the proper microphone and speaker. If using an app, such as Zoom, check the app’s video and audio settings; if you use a browser, check that browser’s settings, you get the idea. Zoom has become popular; here is an article we found informative about Zoom interviews.
  • It is okay to use headphones. It’s a matter of preference. However, choose earbuds/headphones that blend in, nothing big or distracting. 
  • Look to see what is in your background. Appropriate is the minimum expectation.
  • Dress the same way you would for a real face-to-face interview. Yes, pants and all!
  • Make sure you are familiar with the hardware you are using. A laptop or desktop is best. A tablet or smartphone is a secondary option. 
  • Try to prop the device up, so the camera is not looking up at your face. It is more flattering if the camera is the same height as your eyes. 
  • Make sure you have a strong internet connection. It’s hard to make a good impression when you are frozen.
  • Close any unnecessary web tabs or programs.
  • When you speak, look at the camera, not the screen.
  • You may want to print out specific info to have handy, such as your resume.
  • Loosen up! Use body language, nod your head and smile, be real. Be you.
  • Place all phones/sounds/notifications on silent.