7 Practical Tips For Conducting Great Video Interviews

Recently, many recruiters have turned to video interviews to augment communications during interviews and throughout the hiring process. While video conferencing can be a very effective solution, there are a number of variables and factors to consider when deploying the interview. Here are some tips:


1. Prepare Yourself &The Room

The Room: Optimize your space to work for you. Don’t assume that every room is aptly suited for your conference. For example, windows can create glare and unnecessary noises, therefore, avoid windows altogether. Presentation is really important, therefore be sure that your environment looks great. This means that the lighting is good—if the room is too dark, the other party won’t be able to see you. Additionally, make sure the setting is professional—i.e. don’t interview in your bedroom, kitchen, and so on. Preparing Yourself: Be sure that you look the part. Dress professionally—wear what you would during an in-office meeting. Also, coordinate colors. Solid muted (or pastel) colors are highly recommended (i.e. blue and/or grey). Inversely, colors like red, green, and orange, as well as busy patterns are best left out. Aside from your actual clothing, carrying yourself professionally is also very important. As such, it’ll be wise for users to submit themselves to a code of video conferencing etiquette. Ways to do this include:
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Avoid Nervous gestures
  • Use natural language, volume, and gestures when you speak

2. Prepare Your Equipment

Don’t wait until the last minute to set up everything for your conference. You want to make sure you’ll have optimum quality during your conference; therefore, take into account:
  • Video image— our room’s lighting and how it appears on camera.
  • Positioning the camera itself—does it allot for best video and audio quality?
  • Your computer’s functionality—do you have all the necessary programs?
  • Availability of information—are all your documents prepared and ready to be sent?

3. Create A Specific Plan

Prepare for the conversation by outlining key talking points to be sure you touch upon every area you’d like. If you were going to an in-office meeting, you’d likely have information and an approach prepared. Apply the same preparation to video conferencing. Don’t ramble on or fall of track. Make a guide to keep you on point and on schedule.

4. Avoid Changes To Settings During The Interview

It’s important to maintain as much consistency as possible during a video conference. Keep the attention on the matter at hand, not the conference itself. As such, users should work out all the variables beforehand.
  • Select a secure and reliable Internet connection
  • Adjust camera angles for best lighting and positioning
  • Adjust volume setting for background notifications

5. Practice Your Talking To Get Appropriate Volume And Tonality

A good way to be sure that everything is set perfectly is by doing a dry run. In doing so, users can be sure their topics stay on point, the settings and quality are all-concrete, their volume and appearance is perfect, and so on. Additionally, it can help users get more comfortable. Practice does make perfect. If you are familiar with the process, you’ll be more comfortable delivering it, and you’ll likely deliver it much more effectively.

6. Account For Delays In Data Transmission

You want to be sure your party can hear you, but repeatedly asking, “Can You Hear Me?” can really hurt a video conference. Sure, you can ask this initially, but a practice run might be the way to eliminate this altogether. Still, it’s inevitable that you face some hiccup with quality sooner or later. In this event, it’d serve users well to account for a two second delay when they are speaking. Give your party enough time to receive and absorb whatever it is you’re saying. On the other hand, this applies to you as well. Allow the other party enough time to say what they need to.

7. Punctuality & Timing Are Crucial

Users want to be sure they retain professionalism. A good way to do this is through being on time. It can be very distracting when individuals arrive late, even if they’re merely sitting in on the conference. A late entrance creates unexpected background noise that can really hinder the interview. Another good way to optimize your time is by making sure that all involved parties are on the same page. Send out your agenda to all parties. Be sure to include:
  • Time, Date, Time Zone of interview
  • Complete list of all participants
  • Meeting name and phone number
Video conferencing can be a great tool for interviews in augmenting the hiring process. However, users need to be sure they are able to supplement the platform efficiently. As such, it’s wise to think ahead and prepare as much as possible. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
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  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

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2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

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3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

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4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

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5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

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6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

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7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

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8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

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9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

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10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

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11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

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12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

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13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

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14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

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15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

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16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

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17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

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18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

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19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

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21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

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