12 simple tips for a successful video interview

12 simple tips for a successful video interview

Do you have a video interview on your schedule? As hiring becomes global and more employees work remotely, video interviews have become commonplace.

Remember; a video interview carries as much weight as an interview conducted in-person, so you will want to make sure that you’re well prepared to interview remotely.


Here’s how to make your next video interview a success…


Make sure you prepare

  • Prepare in the same way you would for a face-to-face interview.
  • Read through your CV and the job spec to highlight core competencies and create examples of how you’ve demonstrated these.
  • Make sure your webcam and microphone are working and that your internet connection is strong.
  • Make sure you’re in a quiet place, limit background noise/interruptions, ensure your lighting is good and that your background is quite neutral…your interviewer should be focussing on you.
  • You may not always have to wear full corporate attire, but you still want to make a good, professional impression, so look smart.


Your body language

  • Maintain an upright posture, and use hand gestures to emphasise what you’re saying.
  • Smile – they’ll want to see that you’re happy to be interviewed.


Good eye contact

  • Maintain eye contact as much as possible, particularly when answering questions.
  • Look into the camera, not at the monitor.
  • Don’t read your answers out, speak freely into the camera.


Articulate your words

  • If you’re nervous, practice speaking at a slower pace and articulate your words clearly.
  • Have a glass of water ready in case you get a dry mouth or need a second to think.


How to wrap it up…

Because you can’t physically shake your interviewers’ hand/s as you would in a face-to-face interview, close out with a statement like… “chatting with you today has really heightened my interest in the role. If I get the opportunity to speak with you again or secure this role, it’ll be awesome to meet you in person. Thanks so much for your time”.