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Haris Achterberg

26 01 2021

7 tips on how to prepare for a video job interview

Congratulations! You are invited for a video interview. In this article you will find 7 successful tips for a video job interview preparing you to be confident, ace the interview and land the job that makes you happy.


Video interviews have become commonplace as the way we work has radically changed. The hiring process has been adapted due to the impact of COVID-19 and because more employees work remotely. With some preparation, some practice and these tips for a video interview you will shine and show your true self in your Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts interview.

1.Prepare for a video interview the same way you would for an in-person interview

The first tip for a video interview is to be as well-prepared as you would be for a face-to-face interview, which means that you should research the company, carefully read the job description, understand the job role, prepare to answer common job interview questions, and prepare intelligent questions to ask your interviewer in return. Read here 5 Common interview questions and how to answer them.

2.Conduct a technical trial run

An important digital interview tip is to prepare the tech you need to use and to make sure that all your equipment is working properly. Is your video platform up to date? That can be Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts or another video platform. Ensure that you are using a professional username and email address. Then check and test how the camera, microphone and internet connection are working. Is the sound clear? You may also need to find the right spot for the camera angle: not too far, not too close, and always at the middle of the screen. Are your head and shoulders in view?

3.Choose the right spot for your video job interview

Another essential tip for a video interview is to choose an interview location where you will not be interrupted by noise, kids or roommates. You will need a neutral background preferably without cupboards, bookshelves or any distracting items or blur the background. Your desk should also be clean. Set up bright lights or sit next to a window (lights behind the screen and not behind your back) for a natural light which works the best.

4.Dress as you would for an in-person interview

This tip for your video interview is the same as for an in-person interview: dress professionally. Research the company culture, check out other employees and read posts e.g. on LinkedIn. You will want to know what dress-code is appropriate and acceptable for the company and the role.

5.Practice mock interviews

Invite your friends, family or a career coach to conduct a video interview with you in order to get familiar with the video platform, camera, body language and eye contact, as well as to test your outfit. Practice the questions and answers you have prepared in the first tip for a video interview. Ask the interviewer to give you feedback and advice so you can build confidence in video calling. Confidently presenting yourself will have a massive impact on the outcome of the job interview. Find out here how we can help you on Job Interview Preparation.

6.Maintain good eye contact and posture

Maintain good eye contact is important in any interview or conversation. But when it comes to a video interview you might instinctively look at the screen or at your own photo. Instead you must be looking directly into the camera in a way that you will feel connected with the interviewer. Make sure you sit straight up with your hands on the table and your feet firmly placed on the ground. Keeping a good posture makes you feel confident and energetic. Be engaged, listen actively, nod, take some notes, smile and avoid being static in front of the camera. Use your body language on a video interview properly and professionally.

7.Think of your video interview as a conversation

One of the best tips for a video interview is to think of a video interview as a real in-person conversation. You will want to make connection, show that you are the right person for the job and are not just answering questions. As in an in-person interview instead of showing up, log in five or 10 minutes early to make sure your equipment is working properly, have your CV and job description ready, say hello with a smile and engage in a conversation. Do not forget to end the interview by thanking your interviewer.


These tips for a video interview will help you overcome the challenges as a job seeker in video interviews, boost your confidence on camera, present yourself professionally and make a great first impression.

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