In this blog, Lavinia our marketing assistant and Salford
University undergraduate, shares her top tips for video interviews.
From personal experience and some secondary research, she has
collated 5 top tips to ace this sometimes nerve wracking interview
In a recent survey,
53% of HR Managers said they use video interviews very often in
their recruitment process, a percentage that continues to rise. So,
if you have only ever experienced face-to-face interviews, be
prepared for a change. You're most likely to participate in a video
interview if you're currently residing in a different location than
the one your prospective dream job, which is increasingly probable
due to the
Should I start by saying find a quiet place where you won't be
interrupted, don't wear your pajamas and make sure your microphone
is working? You already know the basics; let's dive into the real
1. Consider every
detail of your background and put yourself in a positive
JobCluster has done a great job in advising us
how to not look ugly on camera. Make sure you don't have any
type of light behind you; the interviewer might not appreciate
talking to a shadow. That great mahogany wardrobe you love won't
compete to a plain wall either, you have to make sure all the
attention is focused on you, so eliminate all distractions from
2. Make sure your
computer & internet connection can handle
If like me, you have a habit of keeping 47 tabs open in your
browser and 10 different programs running, you might have to
consider restarting your computer just before your interview
starts, so you can be sure you won't have any distractions or
3. Remember Body
Posture, eye contact, smiling, use of hands, tone of voice,
they're all as important as in a real interview, so don't neglect
4. Be confident and in
a great state of mind
Because this interview might only take place in our living room
or bedroom, it is easy for us to neglect some of the details we
usually prepare before a face to face interview. But they are
equally important. Take a shower, have a tea and relax, wear that
great suit or dress that makes you feel great, and have in mind
everything you wish to communicate to your potential employer.
TargetJobs tips for interview confidence as well, you never
know what details might make or break your interview.
Make sure you also remind your housemates to not interrupt
5. Follow up with a thank you e-mail
It can be easy to neglect that follow up e-mail after a video
interview, just because it feels as a different type of
interaction, but you know that being polite and grateful can make a
great difference, especially if it is one of the first stages of
If you can, add something about yourself which you believe can
make give you an advantage. For example, if you mentioned that
great flyer you created in a past role, or that Facebook page you
attracted 1000 likes for, feel free to add the files/links in this
follow up e-mail.
P.S: Beware of automated video interviews where you have
to talk to… the screen!
In my job hunting experience, 3 big technology companies have
all used this type of video interviews in their first rounds. Be
aware that this method is mainly used to save time for recruiters.
This basically means that they are free to pause, skip and rewind
your interview anytime, or even stop watching after the first 30
seconds, so you have to make sure you have engaging answers to
It can be a daunting experience, because you don't have the
chance to engage with anyone else, and you don't have a nice
interviewer to smile at you and confirm you're doing great, to calm
You usually have 30 seconds to prepare your answer after the
question pops on the screen, and around 2 minutes to answer the
question. You don't have to always fill the whole 2 minutes, but
you can't exceed them, the recording will simply stop.
The great thing about them is that you have the opportunity to
take short pauses in between questions and some companies even
allow you to record your answer twice, without having access to the
But the greatest tip of all is the old fashioned one: be
yourself and be professional. Remind yourself of what a great fit
you will be for this company and make them believe it as well.
Interviewers are aware of how nervous and anxious you might be, and
they do understand, so don't let that bring your confidence down.
Treat video interviews as serious as any other encounter with your
future employer and good luck!