5 Tips for Prepping for a Video Interview

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Once the video interview is scheduled and you are ready to stand out, use these video interview prep tools to stand out for all the right reasons.

While preparation is important for every step of the hiring process, there is no better chance to show what a good candidate than a strong video interview. Video interviews allow recruiters to quickly sort through candidates who seem to be a good fit without the hassle of scheduling a face-to-face interview. Recruiters typically use video interviews to quickly assess your personality and skills and to decide whether they want to see you in person. In this way, a video interview is the first chance you have to sell yourself as a complete package.

Proper preparation before a video interview is crucial to your success. With the following video interview prep tips, you can move one step closer to getting the job you want by standing out during your video interview. Practice, prepare, and have confidence, and you are practically guaranteed to nail the interview and show why you are the best candidate for the job.

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1. Triple-Check Your Technology

Video interviews rely heavily on technology for communication. If your equipment doesn’t work properly, the message can quickly be lost, and frustration can set in for both sides. One of the most important video interview prep tips is to check your technology at least a full day before the interview is scheduled.

Make sure your microphone is working, and your audio connections are set correctly. Choose a location with a strong internet connection, and download and install any interview programs you need at least one day early. Check your webcam, and make sure that all devices are plugged into a continuous power source during the interview. If a technological difficulty pops up on the interviewer’s end, mention it right away. Don’t try to answer questions you can’t hear or understand. Rather, politely mention that you seem to have a bad connection.

2. Prepare Your Background and Lighting

Your goal is to keep the focus on what you are saying rather than on your surrounding. Regardless of where you choose to have your interview, make sure you have either all natural or all artificial light rather than a mix of both. Dim the lights behind you as they can make you appear darker. Too much light can make you looked washed out or pale, and too little light can make you appear yellow or dark.

Keep the background simple and plain, and remove any personal posters, pictures, or decorations that could make you seem unprofessional. Before your interview, sit where you will be sitting and turn around. Is that what you want the interviewer to see? Remove clutter and tidy the entire room before your interview starts.

3. Remove Possible Distractions and Interruptions

Turn off your cell and home phones, close the door to the room you are interviewing in, and have everyone else leave the house for the duration of your interview. Put a note on the door that says you are unavailable, and let your roommates know that you will call them when it’s okay to return. Close all windows to get rid of background noise, and find a pet sitter for a few hours if you have animals in the house.

4. Remove the Glare

Many interviewees don’t realize that glasses can produce a glare during a video interview, or that in certain types of lighting the face can appear shiny or sweaty. Either remove your glasses during the interview or use a non-glare coating in order to avoid distraction. Men and women both can benefit from some basic powder to cover the shine on the face during a video interview.

5. Perform at Least One Mock Interview

Many problems common to video interviews can be avoided with a mock interview beforehand. Using the same software and equipment you plan to use for the official interview, perform a mock interview with a friend, family member, or mentor who can provide you with feedback and constructive criticism. This will help you troubleshoot any problems with technology and also give you an idea of how you can improve your body language and answers to important questions.

Give your mock interviewer a list of questions to ask beforehand so you can practice answers to both traditional interview questions and behavioral interview questions. The more you practice and prepare, the more likely you are to be successful at the video interview.

In today’s world many jobs are competitive, and recruiters may go through hundreds of applicants looking for the right one. With these video interview prep tips, you guarantee that you are prepared, confident, and ready to show them why you are the best candidate for the job.

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