10 Tips for a Successful Video Interview
Video interviewing can be tricky. With some careful preparation, you can showcase your ease with the technology and present yourself with a level of professionalism that will separate you from the rest. Follow these ten tips for the best impact.
- Select a quiet, private environment where you have good high-bandwidth connection (such as Ethernet or good WiFi, not cellular/roaming) for your video interview location.
- Test the video software and connection on your device beforehand. Hold a test video call with your QTI recruiter or a friend.
- Plan the video frame. Have a neutral backdrop such as a blank wall behind you, if possible. Try not to have personal clutter included in the frame.
- Place your device on a stable surface to create a good steady frame. Position it on a shelf or something that puts the lens at your eye level (not below you at desk level, which is less flattering).
- Face the lens squarely, not from an angle.
- Lighting: be brightly (but not sharply) lit from the front. Not backlit (which puts you in silhouette).
- Allow extra time before the scheduled call time to preview your appearance and framing, and to avoid technical problems.
- Remember, eye contact happens when you look at your device's camera lens, not at the onscreen image. Position the onscreen image near the lens so you can make good eye contact.
- Hold still, don't fidget. Be seated with hands on the desk, or stand with your hands away - clasped or in pockets.
- Presence: Posture, breathe, eye contact, relax, smile. You got this!