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2.Preparing for your video Interview

Practice, practice, practice, before you even turn on your webcam try practicing by looking into the camera as if you were having a conversation with someone sitting in front of you. 

Traditionally eye contact is of the utmost importance so be sure to look directly at the camera as if there was someone sitting directly in front of you to answer the questions posed at you.

Do not look at the computer screen as this places your line of sight below the webcam and will make it appear as if you are looking downward.

The more you practice this before taking the interview, the more comfortable you will feel when you actually take the interview.


4.Taking the Interview

The most important part of this process is answering the pre-recorded interview questions. Here are some suggestions guaranteed to make you look good.

Speak clearly and enunciate, you don’t want your great answers to be lost because you were mumbling.

Don’t rush but don’t dawdle either, the company that is interviewing you has a pre-determined length for each answer you give. This information is listed in the invitation you received for the interview together with the options open to retry your answer (some companies do not offer this option to emulate a live video experience).Practice answering questions and time yourself to ensure that you are answering the questions within the allotted time.

Listen to each question, contemplate your response and answer clearly. Make sure you are answering the questions you are being asked as off based roundabout answers are a sure way of talking yourself out of a job.

If you are given the opportunity to retry the question try to nail down the response sooner rather than later. We have found that more tries tend to dilute a clear message so your first or second answer will probably be your best.

Answer with a headline, the first sentence of your answer should set the tone by restating the question and providing your initial opinion. From there you can add details from your own research opinions and experiences. However you should always be sure to revert back to your initial point and don’t stray too far off topic.

Take a deep breath, relax and let your personality shine through. At the end of the day employers hire human beings not just the name at the top of the C.V / Resume. Smile have fun and remember if you are adequately prepared you will be successful.

Video Interview Best Practices


1.Create a video friendly environment


Be sure to have everything in place, limit distractions and ensure that the focus is on you and not your background. Position your webcam and ensure that it is at eye level when you sit.

Decide how you are going to adjust your lighting for good quality video as the background light should be the brightest in the room. You could use a desktop light as your main source of light.

Close all windows and curtains to avoid glare on your monitor and never use your monitor as a main source of light.

Be mindful of your background. It is best to position yourself against a wall with neutral colours and avoid patterns wallpaper and mirrors.This will improve the appearance of your video interview

Clean your recording area and ensure that its tidy in order to purvey professionalism to your future employer. 

Turn off any appliances or devices that may create ambient noise as your recording space should be both quiet and comfortable. Eliminate all possible distractions and ensure that anyone at home is aware that you are taking a Video Interview.

Allot yourself ample time for each question, an hour should be sufficient.


3.Research the Company

It pays to know a little about your future employer therefor be ready to answer questions on this subject.

Research the company and learn about its mission statement, the products and the services it offers, the history of the company and the management and culture.

Review your C.V/Resume and develop talking points about your past career and experiences. Be prepared to answer questions on this subject so prepare your response.

Polish you answers ans there is nothing worse to destroy your credibility than a constant stream of filler words such as “um” “like” and “you know”.

Dress for success and communicate your professionalism with your attire.

Men: Black or dark grey suit, long sleeve dress shirt, conservative tie, professional clean-cut hairstyle, clean shaven.

Women: Navy, black or dark grey suit, coordinated blouse, limited jewelry, professional hairstyle, light make-up

In general look as if you have put considerable time and effort into your personal appearance. Your clothing should be a complement not a distraction.

5.Following up

The video  interview doesn’t end after you have given the answer to the final question. Professional courtesy dictates that you should contact the interviewer within a reasonable time after completing the video interview.

Send a thank you email on the same day after completing the video interview. That way your prospective new employer will see it when they arrive at work the next morning. In the email layout a date and time when you will call to further discuss the job. This gives you a chance to further express why you are the best candidate for the job.

Stick to your deadlines, nothing loses a job offer faster than failing to call when you said you would. In most cases persistence will land you the job. Keep a constant stream of contact between you and the recruiting manager. Call or e-mail them once a week to re-iterate why you want the job and ask about any changes in the candidate search.

Companies will be quick to hire someone who shows real commitment and diligence toward getting the job. Make it so they cannot ignore you.