If you’ve made it all the way to a video interview, it’s likely that you are a strong candidate for the position. All the work you’ve done so far — putting together a solid resume and cover letter, and perhaps completing a phone interview — shouldn’t go to waste because of a less than stellar video interview.
Once you are ready to take on the video interview, remember that it never hurts to double and triple check the most important things on your list. To help you prepare to give the best video interview possible, we’ve put together a video interview checklist to help ensure there are no problems, so you can focus solely on selling your skills during the call.
Double Check Your Technology
Build My ResumeThis is perhaps the most important part of your video interview checklist. Before your interview begins, do a practice run to test your webcam, microphone, and speakers. Make sure you have a strong Internet connection and that all of your devices are plugged in and fully charged. Don’t wait until five minutes before the interview to double check your devices. Give yourself at least a day in the event that there are kinks that need to be worked out.
Download the Right Programs
When your video interview was scheduled, you should have received information about how the interview would be conducted and which software or meeting tools you should use. Be sure to have them downloaded and ready to go before the interview starts. If you aren’t sure how to use the technology, simply ask the person who scheduled the interview.
Check Your Setting
Is there anything distracting in the area where you are holding your video interview? Is the lighting natural and flattering? Remove any distractions from the background, and choose a space that is quiet and calm for your entire interview. A local coffee shop or library isn’t the best place for a video interview. Choose a location that will remain quiet during the entire call without any distractions.
Dress to Impress — From Head to Toe
You may think that the interviewer will only see you from the waist up, and it’s tempting to be business on the top, with your pajamas on the bottom. But what if you need to stand up during the interview? To be safe, treat your wardrobe as if you were attending a face-to-face interview. Dress professionally from top to bottom.
Practice with a Mock Interview
No matter how prepared you are, there are still things that could throw you during an interview. The best way to be prepared for a video interview is to practice with at least one mock interview before the big day. Choose a mentor or friend who will provide constructive feedback, and practice until you feel comfortable answering questions in this particular setting.
Use the Proper Body Language
Body language can be particularly distracting during a video interview. Avoid nervous habits like tapping your fingers, playing with a pen, or chewing gum during the interview. Show confidence in your answers, and always look directly at the camera rather than at your screen during the interview. Eye contact during the interview is as important as it is during a face-to-face interview, and looking at the screen makes it appear as if you are looking down. Sit tall during the interview and keep your hands still as much as possible. Don’t move from your initial location unless it’s an absolute necessity.
Prepare Your Notes
During a video interview, it’s okay to have a few notes in front of you, as long as you aren’t reading directly from them or shuffling papers throughout the call. Always have a copy of the resume in front of you and highlight the important parts of your work history and resume. Take care, however, not to overuse your notes.
Take Your Time
After the interviewer asks a question, don’t be afraid to take a moment before you answer. In the event that there is a delay in your connection, you don’t want to risk the hiring manager missing your response. Once the question has been asked, nod, and then take a few seconds to get a handle on your answer before rushing in.
Send Thank-You Notes
Even though it wasn’t a face-to-face interview, you should still thank the interviewer for their time. Send an email or a handwritten note to everyone involved in the interview to thank them once the interview is complete.
In order to prepare for your video interview, double and triple check everything on this video interview checklist — and remember, the more you practice, the more confident you will be during every step of the hiring process.