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6 Ways To Better Prepare for Video Interviews

6 Ways To Better Prepare for Video Interviews

In this day and age, more and more companies are turning to video interviews since it is more convenient and allows them to pool more talents across the globe. Now, video interviews have become a vital part of the hiring process and it is now imperative that you know how to handle yourself during the interview and answer the questions that are being asked in a flawless manner and are thoroughly prepared for it. So here are a few important points for you to remember for you to land that job.


Have a General Idea About the Company

As someone looking for a position within any certain company, you should be able to have at least a general idea of what the company does and not just apply blindly. And besides, with the internet, you can easily look up any information you want and there is no real excuse for you to not do this. Research the company and know what they have been able to accomplish. Know who the CEO may be or what the company is working on at the moment because it will then give you a better idea of what their question may be. Even on their social media pages, you can see and get a general idea of what type of company they are. Here are points worth mentioning during the video interview:

What product or service the company sells

How long the company has been operating

Recent accomplishments of the company

The culture and values of the company

Placement of Webcam

Yes, this is important. Because you don’t want your potential boss to be looking at a stack of dirty clothes behind you while you are being interviewed. Know that there is such thing as the right background and right lighting for that matter. Also, it is important that you position your webcam at a flattering angle because it never hurts to make a good first impression. Position it above your eye-line and angle it slightly downwards.

Clothes & Make-up

Being presentable during a video interview is a must. You may think that just because the interview is done through a webcam that you should not be obligated to wear something formal. It is highly recommended that you do not wear pure black since the webcam will need to constantly adapt to show the black and cause your face to appear a bit wash out due to overexposure. You don’t necessarily need to wear make-up but as mentioned, it is better to create a good first impression and if make-up helps in doing that then you should consider it.

Maintaining a Good Eye Contact

Maintaining a good eye contact can often signify confidence and so hiring managers often do look for someone who is able to do this during an interview. But when it comes to video interviews, know that your eyes should always be focused on the webcam, unless they are actually the one talking and you need to listen. To do this better, you should have the video on full screen so that you would easily see and create a good eye contact with the interviewer.

Internet Connection

Having a good internet connection is essential for any video interview. Because without it, there would basically be no interview. Physically connecting your laptop or desktop to the router is the safest way to go. And ideally, your internet connection should be about 10Mbps and the higher it is the better. Right before the interview, make sure to test your connection speed and if your connection is at least 25Mbps, then you may just use wi-fi and a physical connection is not needed.

Practice Practice Practice

It helps to give yourself some time to practice to get accustomed to the camera. You can even try answering some commonly asked interview questions and try to see where you are lacking and then try to improve on them. Even practicing in front of a mirror helps and can give you a better view of how you react or how you basically speak. And if you prefer that someone actually outright ask you questions, then finding someone to do it with you can be your best help. But no matter how you do it, know that the important thing is that you actually practice.


There you have it. Six ways in which you could better prepare for that video interview. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the hiring process is less traditional and that you do not need to prepare for it. Make necessary preparations and follow these tips to nail that video interview.

Video: An easy way to build human connection to hiring process

Video: An easy way to build human connection to hiring process

Recruiting is all about building human connections!

A few years back, the recruiting process was very different; it involved far more touch points. On a regular basis, a mega event would be hosted called “Job Fair” where companies would set up their booths to attract talent. Recruiters, hiring managers, and team members would stand in the booths to answer questions from the job seekers. The job seekers attend these events to learn about the job role, company, and culture by talking to the hiring manager and team. Often, interviews would be conducted then and there, and job offers would be made. Those were the good times when companies would fill open positions quickly and candidates would find jobs in just a few hours. Hiring was not as daunting as it is today!

Fast forward to present, recruiting has become more an online, automated, and impersonal process. Companies advertise the job in a myriad of ways making it extremely easy for candidates to apply, so much so that anyone, qualified or not can easily apply for the job. As a result, there are too many resumes coming from too many places. Companies are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the resume and the hiring manager ends up viewing only a few resumes that are automatically selected by the system. As a result, many a time, the very best candidates get lost in a pile of resume while the companies find it difficult to find the right talent to fill the open position. Hiring has become a complex and arduous process.

What is lost from the past to present is the human connection! Job seekers interact more with online sites while employers rely on software systems that parse the resume based on few keywords. John Hollan, the editor of RecruitingDaily accurately pointed out in his article that technology should be utilized to facilitate the recruitment process, not replace it. The video recruiting is one such technology that brings the human interaction, back to the hiring process. Looking at a person and talking face to face over a video helps in forming the human connection. It improves the candidate experience, whether it is a screening interview or following rounds of interview.  The recent Indeed blog on video recruiting sums it up very well – “Purpose and human connection play important roles in every single stage of the hiring process — from researching and exploring options to applying and interviewing for a job”