Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview (Part III)

Prepare your resume before the interview.

Other than you’re not meeting the interview in-person, the interview process will be like an in-person interview. The interviewer’s goal is the same. You will be asked the same sort of interview questions. Also, be ready to ask questions too.

If you’re unsure about how the interview is going, it’s okay to ask the interviewer how you are doing.

What’s most vital is to consider this sort of interview just as crucial as if you were meeting the interviewer in her or his office. The value, for yourself as well as for the hiring manager, is equal and interviewing successfully, regardless of how it takes place, is the answer to getting hired.

What Employers Expect to See

What do employers want to see when they look at videos from candidates for employment?

Answer the questions asked, not the questions you desire to be asked. Hiring managers and recruiters want to know you can do the job, so they ask particular questions. A video is a quicker way for them to screen seekers than standard applications, so don’t give them a reason to toss yours.

Show creativity. In your responses, tell of an experience that shows how you can do the required work. If you are applying to be a chef, for instance, tape your answers in the kitchen while you’re making a dish.

Be presentable. Be sure you are dressed and groomed correctly and practice your answers, so you have the best representation of yourself. Videos are a good way to stand out from the other job seekers who have only their online text resumes or paper applications. The best videos get forwarded and replayed several times.

Have a resume and application ready. Video can get you in the door, but standard materials still get used at some point in the hiring process. Be sure your best points and experiences match what you’re saying in the video.

Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview (Part II)



During your test run, look at the background that appears in the video. Does it look distracting or cluttered? Plan to have your background be neat. An office-like setting or plain wall is perfect.

Pay attention to the lighting for your video.

Pay attention to the lighting as well. You do not want to have light sources behind you because that will leave your face in the shadows. 

On the day of the interview, dress professionally, wearing the same clothing you would for an in-person interview. Pick clothing that is neutral in color and does not blend into the background. 

While the camera angle should be from the waist up if there is any chance you will have to stand up, be sure your skirt or pants are professional. No pajama bottoms, shorts, or underwear.

During the Video Interview

Be sure the table and your surroundings are tidy and clean. You don’t want to divert the interviewer.

If you’re interviewing in your house, be sure that you are in a quiet space with no children, music, barking dogs, or other noise. Also, turn off your cell and any alerts on your computer to not get sidetracked by IMs or emails during the interview. The microphone will pick up any sound in the room, so don’t shuffle papers or tap your pen.

Make eye contact, and remember, that means looking at the camera and not at the picture-in-picture of yourself. Use the same good posture you would use in an in-person office interview. Don’t make any hand gestures if possible.  

The Video Interview Process

The company picks candidates for video interviews.

Arrangements for an interview are scheduled, whether it is a company office, at home with your own webcam, an off-site location with a webcam setup, or with a webcam sent to the applicant.

A tutorial will give instructions on the interview and the webcam. There will be questions related to the position the company is hiring for. Usually, the applicant will get 30 seconds to read the question and a few minutes to respond.