10 tips for a successful video interview

Even with the recent restrictions in place many companies are still hiring and continuing with their recruitment process. While face to face interviews might currently feel like a thing from the past, video software is allowing interviews to still continue. We have picked the top 10 tips to help you achieve a successful video interview.

If you are “attending” a video interview there are some things you to need to do to make sure it’s a success.


In order to have a successful video interview you need to make sure you have the right technology downloaded prior to the interview (not 2 minutes before), if you are using Zoom, Google Hangouts or another video software, have it downloaded on your computer and make sure it works well before.


Again, prior to the interview (not 2 minutes before), check your internet connection – if there are multiple people in your house, make sure the internet can cope with everyone using it while you are on a video call. It is best practice to also test your sound quality, video call a friend and make sure they can hear you okay, and that you can hear them.


Just like you would for a face to face interview prepare! Prepare answers for typical interview questions, as well as technical ones and prepare what you are going to ask at the end.


Successful video interviews require a little thought. What is behind you? Will it distract the interviewer? Is there a possibility someone will walk behind you? You need to make sure you are aware of your surroundings, you want to keep the interviewer’s attention and even the smallest thing in the background could distract them.


Just because you are not attending in person doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort, it all helps towards a successful outcome for your video interview. It seems like an obvious point, but dress appropriately. Don’t be in your pyjamas or a hoodie, even if the company you’re interviewing for isn’t a suit-and-tie sort of place, do make an effort to look smart.


Don’t forget you are on camera. Smile and make eye contact with the interviewer. Remember, you’re trying to make a connection with the people on the other side, and the best way to do that is to be friendly.


Again, it seems obvious but stay focused. Remove all distractions from your view and don’t stare away or out of the window. Even if this is what you naturally do when you think, it can make the interviewer think you are not listening and are easily distracted.


It’s easy to forget when you are at home to have a drink of water in an interview, it can provide that extra bit of thinking time when you take a drink as well as help your voice when talking.


In these days a video interview is just as important and serious as a face to face interview, while social distancing is in place this may be your only interview before being hired and you need to treat it as such.

Be yourself

The key to being successful during a video or face to face interview is to be yourself. A company is not just hiring your technical skills, they are hiring you.

Video interviews are different to face to face but that doesn’t mean you can’t get hired off the back of one. You can have a successful interview from your own home with a little bit a practice and preparation.

If you asked to complete a technical test you may want to read our blog here.

If you would like more advice on your job search get in touch with a member of the team today. If you have recently been made redundant or had an offer rescinded due to Covid-19, we are here to help. Upload your CV today and we will do our best to find you a new role.

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