Carrying out a successful video interview


video interviewThe option to conduct job interviews remotely via video is becoming increasingly popular and is now common practice for Employers and Recruiters. Remote interviews are convenient, reduce costs on travel, as well as save time. While long-running platforms such as Skype have been intrinsic in the rise of availability, new video software is continuously being made available.

The video interview used to be predominantly a pre-screen tool, used ahead of a face to face interview as a way of filtering candidates at an early stage. Nowadays it is a recruitment staple, giving companies such as Goldman Sachs the ability to recruit internationally easily, cost-effectively and in the most eco-friendly way.

If participating in a video interview is new to you, it can seem quite daunting. We’ve put together some top tips to support you in completing a successful video interview.


Most video platforms will require you to use a Username, so the first thing you will need to do is make sure this is professional and appropriate: just your name, for example ‘MichaelJones’, will be fine. If the name you want has already been chosen you could add a number to the end of the name or the initial of your middle name.

  • If it is your first time using the video software, set up a practice call with a friend to make sure that you don’t run into any technical issues on the day.
  • Practice makes perfect – get a feel for being on camera -at first this may feel a bit strange but the more you practice the more comfortable you will feel.
  • Record the practice run and analyse how you appear on camera.
  • Before the interview, sign in early so that you are ready for the interviewer to call you. If you do have technical issues, don’t panic, the interviewer will understand that this isn’t your fault so just apologise and try to resolve the problem, calmly and quickly.
  • Make sure that you have your interviewer’s telephone number and email address in case you do run into any technical difficulties, this way you will be able to contact them to let them know.
Set the scene

You are in control of the setting so make sure that you consider where you want to conduct the interview.

  • Factor in the lighting, as well as the background. Anything that can be distracting is not going to help you to make a good first impression.
  • A neutral and tidy room would be the most appropriate setting.
  • Sit at a desk or put your computer on a table rather than sitting with it on your lap.
  • Make sure that all pets and anyone else in the house don’t interrupt you.
  • You want to be free from distractions.
  • If you have children, arrange for someone to look after them for the duration.
  • Dress the part - treat your video interview as you would a face-to-face interview. Not only will you appear professional, you will also feel professional as you are dressed the part. This can be motivational and can really help you feel more focussed and confident.
During the call
  • The advantage of having a video interview is that you don’t have to remember everything that you want to mention.
  • Keeping your notes in bullet point format to use as a prompt in front of you or just to the side, can remind you of the points you want to make and what you want to say.
  • Avoid talking over the interviewer – sometimes there may be a slight time delay between you both because of the online connection, but in general, wait until they have finished speaking before responding.
  • Essentially you want to treat this the same way you would treat a face to face interview – consider your body language; smiling, nodding and leaning forward will show you are engaged.
  • Bear in mind how you will appear from the interviewer’s point of view. By looking directly at the camera you will be looking at the interviewer so practise delivering your responses to the camera not the screen.

At the end of the interview, think about questions you have for the interviewer. You may want to ask about the next steps so that you are clear about the process. Finally thank them for their time and log out so the session has been completed.

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