Video Job Interview Guidelines

by Adrien (Hinge) 10/04/2019

More of today’s hiring managers are choosing to conduct video job interviews with prospective candidates. This practice is time-efficient, especially when recruiting candidates who live at a distance. It is expedient for you as a candidate, provided you have taken steps to prepare yourself for your video job interview.

First Things First

As part of confirming the video job interview request, be sure you have the needed information.  This includes:

  • Learning the video conferencing platform to be used, such as Skype or FaceTime.
  • Date and time, including zone for distant interviews.

Trouble Shoot

Even people who regularly use video conferencing methods are wise to conduct the following steps. After all, this video job interview mode lets you show off some tech skills and attention to detail. Even if you regularly use a mobile device, consider opting for your laptop for optimum professional delivery. Handheld devices and interview nerves don’t mix well!

Prepare for Your Video Job Interview

Conduct the best possible interview by completing steps that add to a professional appearance.

  • Select a space where you will not be interrupted.
  • Access the video conferencing app and test functionality.
  • Select where you will sit.
    • Test lighting to limit shadows.
    • Sit with the screen faced away from windows or bright lights.
    • Move the computer around to find the best placement.
  • Test sound. Use a headset if the built-in mic will pick up background noises.

Dress the Part

Pick out attire that you would wear to an in-person interview. Pay attention to these video details:

  • Choose neutral or muted tones, as bright and bold can be overpowering on-screen.
  • Avoid dense patterns for the same reason.
  • You may want to have a couple of outfits available. Choose your favorite when you conduct your practice session.

Have Your Notes Ready

Keep your notes with interview responses and questions to ask handy. Review these just before your interview.


Schedule a practice session with a trusted friend. Pick someone who will offer tips and give a fair critique of your setup and appearance. Allow sufficient time for adjustments between this session and your interview.

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by Adrien (Hinge)