Video job interviews are an increasingly common part of the hiring process. If you have one coming up, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all the variables so you can be prepared. In this guide, we walk you through helpful video interview suggestions on body language, eye contact and what to wear. Here are our top tips:
- Find a quiet, private, well-lit place, free from possible interruptions
- Ensure your internet connection is stable
- Check that your computer’s audio and webcam are working
- Position the camera so that you are looking up slightly and centered on the screen
- Close any unnecessary web browser tabs and applications
- Clear the desk space, except for your resume, a notepad and pen
- Set out a glass or bottle of water for yourself
- Dress professionally and avoid bright colours
- If you wear glasses, adjust lighting to reduce glare from the lenses
- Have a pen, notepad and copy of your resume on your desk
- When listening, nod and smile to show you are engaged and use hand gestures when appropriate
- Place your phone on silent mode
- Check that the background behind you is neutral and free from clutter
Eye contact is very important during an in-person interview, and you want to convey that same level of connection during a video interview. Here’s how.
Avoid the instinct to look directly at your interviewer on the screen while you’re answering a question. Instead, when you speak, you want to direct your gaze at the webcam. When you do this, your eyes are more likely to align with the interviewer’s eyes on the other end. When you’re listening, you can look back at the screen.
Throughout the interview, keep your mood upbeat and convey optimism with your body language. One way to achieve this is to have good posture. Sit in your chair with your back straight and your shoulders open. Feet can be planted on the floor and arms can rest in your lap or on the desk.
When you’re listening, nod and smile when appropriate to communicate that you’re giving them your full attention. Use hand gestures when it feels appropriate and keep your movements close to your body. Avoid fidgeting or letting your gaze drift away from the device.