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Video Job Interviews: How to prepare and setup for your video interview

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

Video job interviews have been a part of the interview process for years, but as Employers and Job Seekers update their hiring practices post COVID19, the hiring loop is shifting primarily to virtual. This article is a guide on how to prepare your environment, your technology, and yourself for a successful video job interview.

Getting Started

We all know the value of a great first impression. For a Job Seeker, the first impression is the difference between being offered the ideal position, or being passed-over for another candidate, perhaps one even less qualified.

When meeting an interviewee face-to-face, first impressions are likely determined by your smile, handshake (elbow bump), how you are dressed, engagement with your interviewer (maintaining eye contact and ability to build a rapport), summarizing experiences and sharing examples, or asking relevant questions.

During a video interview, first impressions remain important, though there are even more factors to keep in mind. Here are several tips to get you started:

Recording and Streaming

Have you ever watched a show on Netflix or listened to a song on Spotify, only to have it skip, lag, or stop all together due to your internet connectivity? The frustration you feel in that moment will be minor compared to the frustration of having your interview lag or sound cut out.

  • Make sure you have a reliable internet connection: While this may seem obvious, this is perhaps the most important step in a solid video interview. If you know internet connectivity is a problem, make sure to tell those in your household not to stream anything during your interview. If you are really concerned, call your internet provider and ask them to increase your bandwidth for the day, or for a period of time. You'll end up paying a prorated amount for the upgrade, but if it helps you feel more confident in your interview, it will be money well spent.

Be Aware of Your Environment