Video Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

Video Interview Tips for Job Seekers

Published On: April 1st, 2020Last Updated: April 2nd, 2020Categories: Job Seekers Blog, Tips & AdviceTags: ,

Companies are increasingly going to integrate video technology into their process for interviewing prospective job applicants. Video interviewing was already on the rise for many years prior to the Covid 19 outbreak. So, these video interview tips are designed to prepare job seekers for success in their next job video interview.

Video interviews are usually done with another human being, such as the HR or hiring manager. In some cases, video interviews may be conducted without anyone on the other end. These platforms use artificial intelligence to assess facial gestures, word selection, body language, tone of voice, and more. It’s important to be fully prepared when the time comes for your next video interview. With that, here are my top video interview tips for job seekers.

Close Applications and Programs

Running too many mobile applications or computer programs at once will negatively impact your device’s ability to deliver a flawless streaming video interviewing experience. Simply make sure to close unnecessary applications, software, and internet windows before your video interview begins.

Dress Appropriately

Selecting clothes for a video interview is no different from selecting clothes for an in-person meeting. Dressing too casually (depending on the job, of course) may inadvertently send mixed signals to the other party regarding your fitness and seriousness for the job vacancy.

Focus Eyesight

If video calls aren’t part of your daily repertoire, it may be disorienting or distracting to know where to keep your eyes. Look at the camera lens? Look at the screen? My best advice is to go with that makes you most relaxed. So, think about this beforehand, practice it, and pick the most comfortable option.

Minimize Distractions

The interviewer must be able to stay focused on what you’re communicating. It’s hard to do that with lots of distractions. Prior to the interview, it’s important to anticipate potential distractions such as pets or people entering the room, loud noises, or a messy backdrop and do your best to mitigate them.

Positive Body Language

Your body language speaks volumes during video interviews. You may display positive body language by maintaining good posture, keeping your chin up, and using hand gestures to emphasize points. Negative body language includes crossed arms, tense facial expressions, and wandering eyes.

Send a Thank You Note

Reaffirm your interest in the position and thank interviewers for their time by sending a letter after the interview. You may send a thank you letter via email or drop a letter in the mailbox. Both options have their pros and cons. Either way, it’s important to show your appreciation.

Test the Technology

Your audio and video need to work well for the interview to be successful. It’s a good idea to select the device you plan on using (mobile phone, tablet, or laptop) as well as testing your capabilities and connectivity on whichever platform (Skype, Zoom, etc) the interview is being conducted.


Video interviewing is already here. You need to be ready for it! Hopefully the above video interview tips will help you prepare for your next one.

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About the Author: Doug Levin

Doug Levin is the owner and operator of JobStars USA, a career services practice serving job seekers of all industries and experience levels. He is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and Career Coach (CPCC) with a decade of experience in the Resume Writing niche.

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