top of page
  • Writer's pictureLayne Daniels

Mastering the Screen: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Video Interviews

Woman at an in-home office facing away from the viewer, looking at a laptop whose screen shows 13 other people tiled in a virtual video space.

In the digital age, video interviews have become a standard component of the hiring process, connecting candidates with potential employers regardless of geographical boundaries. To help you put your best foot forward in the virtual realm, we've expanded our comprehensive guide to video interviewing post from 2020. From technical setup to effective communication, here's everything you need to know to shine on-screen.

1) Prepare Your Tech Setup

Before you dive into the interview, ensure your technology is up to the task. Test your camera, microphone, and internet connection to avoid any last-minute glitches. Familiarize yourself with the video conferencing platform being used and download any necessary software in advance.

2) Choose the Right Environment

Select a quiet and well-lit space for your video interview. Ensure that you won't be interrupted and that the background is clean and professional. Natural light is ideal, but if that's not possible, position a light source in front of you to illuminate your face evenly.

Consider using a professional virtual background if your physical environment is not conducive to an interview. Choose a subtle background that complements your appearance and doesn't distract from the conversation. Many video conferencing platforms offer built-in virtual backgrounds.

3) Dress Professionally

Just because you're at home doesn't mean you should compromise on professionalism. Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Solid, neutral colors work well on camera. Avoid distracting patterns or overly bright colors.

4) Frame Yourself Appropriately

Position your camera at eye level and frame yourself from the chest up. This framing allows the interviewer to see your facial expressions and gestures, creating a more personal connection. Avoid extreme close-ups or sitting too far away from the camera.

5) Maintain Eye Contact

While it may be tempting to look at the interviewer's image on your screen, make a conscious effort to look directly into the camera when speaking. This creates the impression of eye contact, making your communication feel more engaging and connected.

6) Mind Your Body Language

Sit up straight and maintain good posture throughout the interview. Use hand gestures sparingly and avoid distracting movements. A relaxed but professional demeanor goes a long way in creating a positive impression.

7) Practice, Practice, Practice

Conduct mock interviews with a friend or family member to familiarize yourself with the video interview format. Practice answering common interview questions while maintaining good eye contact and body language.

10) Follow-Up with a Thank-You Email

Just as you would after an in-person interview, send a thank-you email expressing your gratitude for the opportunity. Reiterate your interest in the position and briefly mention key points from the interview to reinforce your suitability for the role. You’d be surprised how many people neglect this step; sending a quick thank-you email can really help you stand out.

You Can Shine Just as Easily as You Would in a Face-to-Face Interview

Mastering the art of video interviewing is a valuable skill in today's job market. By following these tips, you'll not only navigate the virtual landscape with confidence, but also leave a lasting impression on your potential employer. Good luck!


bottom of page