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Video Interview Tips
TalentRooster’s top seven suggestions, strategies, and tips to guide you through your video interview.
- Practice makes perfect.
Prepare for your video interview just like you would a face-to-face interview. Rehearse answers to your interview questions beforehand so they will flow naturally when you record.
- Dress the part.
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression – and this time, your first impression is on camera. Dress professionally.Bonus Tip: Wear solid colors, as some patterns can be distracting on some Web cameras. Don’t wear white, as it may wash your face out.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
Record your video interview in a room that is quiet – you don’t want any unnecessary background noise. Make sure the space in which you are recording is tidy and free of clutter.
- Check the lighting.
Your facial expressions and body language may be the most important part of your video interview. Make sure your video shows both by recording in a well-lit room.
Bonus Tip: Avoid recording with outside windows behind you. The light shining through will make your face appear as a silhouette. A solid, light-colored wall will allow for the best presentation.
- Make “eye contact.”
Look at the camera as you record, rather than your computer screen. Looking away from the camera will make you appear distracted and it may appear as if you are reading your answers, rather than naturally speaking.
We know the job search is stressful enough – but you promise your video interview won’t be! Breathe, pause, and take a few minutes to prepare before you record. The video interview will be over in just a few minutes — much more relaxing than a face-to-face interview, which could take up to an hour.
- Take your time.
Although the length of each video response is limited, the time that you have to record your video interview is not. Review each response, ensure thorough answers and good video quality, and you’ll be one step closer to landing that dream job.
General Interview Tips
These are TalentRooster’s seven strategies for highly successful interviews. Follow this simple steps and your interview is sure to be a smooth one.
Research the company, be prepared, and arrive early. Visit the company’s social media sites and the interviewer’s LinkedIn profile so you have knowledge about them — find a commonality.
Ask questions, engage, and show interest. Intently listen when your interviewer is talking. Never interrupt.
Dress the part, exude confidence, and convince them that you are the only candidate for the job.
Do it as often as appropriate.
Collect your thoughts, compose yourself, and breathe.
- Be honest
Be truthful with your interviewer and yourself.
- Be gracious
Send a prompt thank-you note (handwritten is best).