7 Tips on How to Prepare for a Video Job Interview

With the cost of travel skyrocketing, prospective employers increasingly are conducting the first rounds of interviews using web-based video technologies. In fact, a study released by the Boston-based Aberdeen Group reports that 48 percent of the 477 organizations surveyed in their “Talent Acquisition Strategies” study are currently using video in some form as part of their recruiting process. Another recent survey by Office Team reported that 63 percent of the over 500 HR managers surveyed conduct employment interviews by video.


While similar in many ways to a face-to-face interview, there are nonetheless several additional considerations to ensure that the interview goes as smoothly as possible:


  1. Ensure that you have a stable and reliable internet connection: Often, there is a delay, and sometimes even a “jerkiness” associated with bandwidth and other connectivity issues that can’t be avoided, but do try to avert the things you can control in this area by testing your equipment beforehand.
  2. Proper lighting in the room: The prospective employer wants to see you clearly, so make sure that there is sufficient and appropriate lighting in the room. And too much light/glare can potentially be as damaging to the process as too little. Check for the impact of electric lighting, sun glare, window shades, shadows and other things that can affect the room ahead of time.
  3. Take a test drive: Before the interview, test all your equipment to ensure that they work properly, so that you are not flustered and distracted at the start of the interview. While testing the equipment, look straight into the camera to make sure that your background is neat. Remove any distractions in your field of vision.
  4. Practice before the interview: Get a friend, mentor or coach to interview you on Skype and record the interview. Get feedback on what you did right and what you can improve on. Deconstruct the recorded interview to see how the employer will see you.
  5. Dress for success: As you would in a face-to-face interview, dress appropriately – wear professional clothes that fit properly.
  6. Promptness counts: Be at your computer and fully logged on to the system a few minutes before the interview.
  7. Listen: Be respectful and listen to what the interviewer is saying before answering, and be very thoughtful with your responses.


Preparation and practice is critical to a successful video and other web-based interviews.


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