11 tips on how to prepare for a video interview

Video interviews have been around for a while now. With an increasing number of people working remotely, job seekers will need to adapt and get comfortable with this form of interviewing.

Here are 11 simple tips to give yourself a great start to your interview.

  1. Dress professional (head to toe). 
  2. Ensure your room is well-lit and quiet.

If you have small children or a dog, it might be best to sneak off into a quiet room with the door closed to eliminate as much noise as possible. 

Extra tip: Wear earphones/headsets with a microphone function, so they can pick up your voice clearly and reduce any background noise. 

  1. Ensure your background is nice and neat. Setting yourself against a plain wall in the experience would be the safest option.
  2. Have your resume, pen and paper close by.

Having your resume in front of you can save you when you get asked about your employment timeline or when you need to describe your responsibilities or specific achievements in each role. 

  1. Have a glass of water close by.
  2. Test your microphone, camera and internet at least 15 minutes before the interview time.
  3. Position your camera at eye level, so you’re not looking down at the screen or too high up.
  4. Turn your phone on to silent.
  5. Note down the interviewer’s phone number so, in the event of technical difficulties, you can call and give them a heads-up.
  6. Practice looking at the camera and not yourself on the screen. 
  7. Smile and use hand gestures to engage your interviewer/s!Remember, when faced with technical issues or other interruptions, you must apologise and continue. We’re only human!

We wish you all the best with your interview.