Best Practices for Video Interviews

October 14, 2019 in Career and Job Search Tips, Interview Tips



With the exception of the firm handshake, all the good advice you’ve received about job interviews applies to video interviews. But there are some extra things you’ll want to be aware of. Here are 10 best practices that will help you make the best impression possible.

  1. Have a contingency plan. No matter how well you prepare, “Plan A” may not work out. Know who to call (and what phone number) if you are unable to make the video call work.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the audio and video controls of your computer or mobile device. If you run into technical issues, you want to be prepared to resolve them.
  3. If you are using a mobile device, prop it up at eye-level, so that it’s stable. (Make sure the mic isn’t blocked.) If you are using a mobile device because you are on the go, try to avoid outside spaces – sirens, wind noise and traffic won’t leave a good impression. Finally, make sure your mobile is fully charged for your call (same with laptops if you won’t be plugged in).
  4. If you are using a monitor with a built camera, while it’s tempting to keep your eyes on the screen – where you can see remote participants – remember to look frequently at your camera. That looks a lot more like actual eye contact.
  5. Dress the way you would for a face-to-face interview. However, avoid solid black or white clothes, or anything with stripes.
  6. Choose a quiet, well-lit space. Ensure your background is uncluttered. Avoid back lighting and any distractions in the background – such as a window or mirror.
  7. This probably goes without saying, but ensure you won’t get interrupted during your video call.
  8. Make the most of your internet connection. However and wherever you will be connecting, be sure you aren’t sharing your connection with other people using it for data intensive activities. For example, if you are at home, family members or roommates shouldn’t be streaming video during your interview.
  9. Any video call app or website is going to tax your computer’s processing power. Close any programs you won’t require for your interview.
  10. Taking notes during a face-to-face interview is a great way to show that you are paying attention. But during a video interview, viewers may not realize you are taking notes – you may just appear disengaged and distracted.

Here’s one final pro-tip, especially if you are pretty savvy about your device’s audio and video controls. The majority of people who participate in video calls use the mic built into their PC, webcam or mobile device, or they may even call in on a desk phone. All of these options incorporate low-quality microphones. Purchasing a reasonably priced but well-rated mic that works with your device will ensure you sound like you are there in person!

This blog was written by George Blomgren, Kinsa Group Recruiting Manager.