What You Should And Shouldn’t Do During A Video Interview

Video Interview:
55% through facial expression
38% through tone of voice
7% through words spoken

Because of this shift in interview style, there are some important dos and don’ts to consider when interview through video. Many of these are things you would not ever consider when preparing for a traditional face-to-face interview, or even a telephone interview.  

  • Don’t choose a noisy, high traffic setting to conduct your interview. You want to be a in a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. Don’t interview from your bathroom, or a place where your kids might be running around, or dogs barking. Coffee shops are also not a great idea, as it can be distracting, noisy, and inconsiderate 
  • Close all chats and apps you might have open on your desktop. Remain focused on the interview. The employer might request to screen share, and you don’t want them seeing chats open while you’re being interviewed 
  • Don’t have Google open on your screen either to assist you in your interview. Just because the interview is through video doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare. If you’re well prepared, you shouldn’t need a search engine anyway 
  • Don’t be casual. Yes, you don’t have to go to their office for this interview, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be professional. Eat before or after, not during, and dress professionally. Give the interviewer your full, undivided attention
  • Know your guidelines before proceeding. If you’re being tested during the interview or are asked to perform a task, understand your time limits and instructions beforehand 
  • Check your equipment. Try your video chat software in advance with a friend or family member. Make sure the audio works to know if you can hear the recruiter and they can hear you. It will look unprofessional if you have to fumble around to get it to work 
  • Be prepared with questions for the interviewer, and do some research about the company beforehand. Have a printed copy of your resume with you so you can easily reference it during the interview 
  • Just like with a traditional interview, follow up with a thank you email to let the recruiter know how serious you are about the position
If you follow these simple rules, and you have the skills and experience they’re looking for, you will have a real shot at getting the position. Just like in a face-to-face interview, be confident, friendly, and professional. 

Best of luck!