Employers are increasingly using Skype, Zoom and other platforms to conduct video interviews. As a recruiter, I facilitated hundreds of video interviews and can attest to the strange things that candidates do in front of the camera. From a candidate interviewing shirtless to another in the middle of a crowded coffee shop, many have no idea how to video interview.
Here are few tips to help you look great in your next video interview!
Tip 1: Sound- Sound is just as important as video. Be sure that you are far away from noisy environments and empty rooms that echo.
Tip 2: Location- Create an aesthetically pleasing background. Be sure that there are no embarrassing things behind you (a weird poster or collection of troll dolls). Instead, create a background that has a bookshelf or house plant. And remember no plain walls!
Tip 3: Lighting- Be sure to use natural light (if possible) in the daytime and make sure that the window is in front of you. Avoid use of overhead lighting or under lighting (unless you want to look like you're telling a spooky story). When natural light is unavailable, place a lamp in front of you.
Tip 4: YOU- Dress appropriately. Employers will expect you to dress as you would for an in-person interview. Also, remember to look straight into the camera and not down onto your screen.
These four tips will help demonstrate your confidence and ability to present yourself well. For a more detailed understanding, check out this YouTube video.