STEP ONE: Interview Setup
Follow the prompts for a quick and easy technical set-up
Test your microphone
Align yourself with the guides and record a test video to see how you will look to the interviewer. Almost done!
- Make sure to close doors and eliminate any possible distractions or sources of noise like pets, roommates, etc.
- Pick a location or angle that does not have any light bulbs behind you in the video frame. These will make your face hard to see because you will be backlit.
- Have a pen and paper within reach in case you want to organize your thoughts during your live interview or during your pre-recorded interview “thinking time.” “Thinking time” is a pre-set amount of time you have before you begin recording your answer. Use this time to practice what you want to tell the interviewer and organize your thoughts to fully answer their questions.
STEP TWO: Practice Interview
For pre-recorded video interviews you will have the opportunity to practice recording yourself and complete some practice questions. Take advantage of these, as they will get you comfortable with the video interview process.
SKILLS TO PRACTICE
- The first few times, you may find yourself looking at yourself on the screen. However, to make “eye contact” with your interviewer you should try to look at the camera instead of your screen. Maybe put a sticky or something next to the webcam as a reminder.
- Smile! Smiling makes a huge difference in how you are perceived (confident, relaxed, awesome).
STEP THREE: Take Your Video Interview
During a pre-recorded interview the real interview will feel very similar to the practice interview. You will see the text version of the questions below the company representative asking the question. During a live video interview it will be as if you are in their office. Answer the questions as you would face-to-face. And remember to have fun!
STEP FOUR: After the Interview
You’ll have the opportunity to write a note to the interviewer if you need to explain anything or something surprising happened (i.e. cat knocks over your lamp).
Additionally, you’ll be presented with a survey to give feedback on your video interview experience. Survey responses are anonymous!
For more useful tips, please see the "Tips for Jobseekers" on our blog.