How to Nail Your Next Video Interview
by Véronique Bélinge
Professional Development Coordinatorrofessional Development Coordinator
If you are looking for a job and have not yet been interviewed for a job via Zoom, Teams, Skype, or any kind of video platform, you may be part of a minority. You probably already know the basics, but we wanted to refresh your memory so that you can prepare.
1. Get your technology in working order
Make sure you have:
- a solid internet connection;
- fully charged batteries;
- a working camera;
- a functional microphone;
- all the required apps (properly installed) as well as plugins;
- the right camera angle;
- a friend or family member to rehearse with!
2. Resolve logistic issues beforehand
- clutter, embarrassing, or overly personal items in the background;
- poor lighting;
- background noise;
- any source of physical discomfort;
- clothes with jarring colours or distracting patterns;
- social media, text or email alerts.
3. Rehearse until it becomes natural
- write down your talking points and your answers to anticipated questions (video interviews allow you to use notes so take advantage of it);
- rehearse in the shower;
- practice with a peer virtually;
- book a mock interview on Teams with a Career Centre staff through Career Launch.
- Write down your talking points in bullet-point form.
- Create a list of questions for your interviewers and make sure to have space for their answers.
- Have a cup of coffee or another beverage to help you keep from fidgeting and to make the interview slightly more convivial.
5. Embrace your mistakes.
- No one is perfect at video interviews except robots. And you are not a robot. You are a human.
- Mistakes are not the end of the world; it is your ability to bounce back that matters.
- If you blow an answer, pause, take a deep breath, acknowledge that you find yourself rambling, and simply ask to restart the answer.
- Humility, humour, and humanity are also endearing qualities.
6. Show positivity
Try to maintain:
- a friendly demeanour and a great smile;
- your focus on the camera (and not on your notes);
- a conversational tone (listening is key).
7. Express gratitude
- send each of your interviewers a thank you note within 24 hours after the meeting; acknowledge the time of the person who coordinated the interview;
- reiterate your interest for the position and remind your interviewers the value you bring to the team.