Video Interview Tips
Tips for creating a fantastic video interview
Before your video interview
Set up your recording space
Find a quiet, clean, and professional-looking area where no one else is around to record your video interview. To avoid looking like a faceless shadow, be sure to have any light facing you and not shining from behind you. You might also want to consider having two lamps surround either side of your face to really make you look good on camera. It’s also important that you position yourself in the center of the webcam. Make sure all of your head, neck, and shoulders can be seen.
Test your webcam and microphone.
If you are using a computer to complete your one-way, make sure to verify the microphone you are using before recording. Additionally, you should always play back your first recorded answer to make certain that your audio and webcam are working properly. If you don’t see yourself on the screen when recording, that means your webcam isn’t properly connected or verified. Don’t make the mistake of continuing to record if this is the case.
It’s always important to thoroughly read instructions provided to you, especially if you’re about to do something that you may not be totally familiar with. If you carefully read the one-way interview instructions, you can avoid delays in completing your interview.
Not speaking clearly
Don’t force a hiring manager to turn up the volume or strain their ears to hear your answers to their interview questions. Speak loudly and clearly so that you can be understood. It would be a shame for your one-way interview to be passed over just because the person reviewing it had no idea what you were saying.
Getting too comfortable
A great thing about one-way interviews is that they’re convenient for both employers and job seekers. You can complete your one-way from anywhere via your mobile phone or from the comfort of your own home using a computer and webcam. However, you should still be professional and treat the one-way interview as if it were a traditional in-office interview. Dress appropriately from head to toe; don’t pair your dress shirt and blazer with pajama pants and slippers. Also, now’s not the time to get cozy in your favorite armchair. Be aware of your posture and make sure you are sitting up straight to show that you are confident and taking the interview seriously.
Your preparation for a one-way interview should be no different from how you prepare for an in-person interview. Rehearse your responses to the interview questions so you can sound natural and sincere when you’re ready to record.
Things to avoid doing in your video interview
Dressing for your video interview
Pick an outfit the way you would for an in-person interview
Choose clothes that fit you well; nothing baggy or too tight. Furthermore, be sure to dress appropriately from head-to-toe. In a one-way interview, you’ll most likely be seated the whole time, but wearing a complete interview outfit can help you to focus and maintain the state-of-mind needed for having a successful interview.
Most people will equate white clothing with looking clean and very presentable. That can work for in-person interviews, but on camera white is not a wise choice. White clothing will appear brighter on camera and may overpower your face, potentially making eye contact difficult. Instead, choose darker colors like navy and avoid patterns – solid is the way to go!
Avoid too much/flashy jewelry
While you may think that new necklace would go perfectly with your cardigan, it’s best to wear minimal jewelry for a video interview. You should also stay away from especially shiny jewelry that could catch the light on camera.
Advantages of Video Interviews
Eliminate scheduling challenges
Multiple days can be lost when trying to find a time to connect early in the hiring process. Since you can do a one-way video interview at any time, we don’t need to worry about slowing down progress by requiring our calendars to align perfectly.
Interview more people in less time
Video interviews allow us to be more efficient with our time which enables us to expand the pool of candidates we can interview for the position. Candidates that might not have advanced in our old hiring process are now able to get in front of our managers.
By sharing video interviews with decision makers in our hiring process, the decision on whether or not a candidate makes it to the next step isn’t dependent upon a single person’s assessment
Standardize the interview experience
Every candidate that makes it to the video interviewing round of our hiring process is presented with the exact same questions. This puts everyone on a level playing field so you get the same experience as other candidates. It also keeps our evaluation consistent from candidate to candidate.
Gets you in front of our hiring managers
Our hiring managers are the ones that participate in final round interviews with candidates. Ultimately, they are the people that make the hiring decisions. Video interviews give you the chance to get in front of and impress hiring managers earlier in the process because we share your submission with them and ask for their direct feedback.
Speeds up the hiring process
By eliminating scheduling conflicts and allowing us to complete more interviews faster, video interviews not only speed up the process for us, but also for you. We understand that you don’t want to go through a lengthy hiring process so we use video interviews to significantly cut down on the time from your initial application to our hiring decisions.
Showcases more than just your resume
Candidates like you have a story to tell. We use the video interview to make sure our team gets to know the real you vs. just reading a piece of paper. A report on video statistics found that people retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text. The video interview gives you a platform to further discuss your background and expand on key aspects of your work experience that make you a great fit for the position. Remember, this isn’t a replacement for the in-person interview, but it does help us learn a lot more about you earlier in our process.