5 tips to prepare for your video interview
Whether you recently graduated or have 20 years of work experience under your belt, there is a good chance you will be asked to participate in a video interview for your dream job. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for your future video interview.
1. Test your equipment
The first thing you need to do is to make sure your equipment is up to snuff, meaning streaming camera, microphone and your internet connection. Nothing can botch a perfectly fine interview as technical issues can, and being technically prepared will definitely save you the headache and potential embarrassment. Remember to have your laptop or tablet fully charged and enjoy the show!
2. Have a distraction-free background
The focus should be on you during the interview. The interviewer wants to see your face and hear what you are saying during the interview. A clear and distraction-free background will give you the attention you need and deserve to nail the interview. Avoid windows and noisy surroundings, and you should be good to go.
3. Evaluate the lighting
When taking photos or videos you often hear, “it is all about lighting”. The same goes for video interviews. Make sure you are in a well lit room so that the interviewer can see you clearly. It is important to pay attention to the lighting and try to avoid lights and angles that casts shadows on your face.
4. Frame yourself from the chest up
For video interviews, we recommend that you frame yourself from the chest up. Remember that this is a video interview, so your facial expression, your emotion and your smile is a key factor to help you get the job.
5. Choose a place where you can speak freely
Make sure you choose a comfortable spot, meaning a place that allows you to speak loud and clear without being afraid of other people entering the room. Do not, we repeat, do not carry out your video interview at your current job, at a place where you current boss might walk in on you without warning.