Tips for a Successful Video Interview During COVID-19
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Tips for a Successful Video Interview During COVID-19

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The coronavirus is changing the way we conduct our professional lives. According to industry sources, major companies are shifting their recruitment procedures online, replacing face-to-face interviews with video interviews for health and safety reasons while maintaining social distancing.

Conversely, according to the study, 43% of job seekers don’t get comfortable for video interviews as they find it a bit more stressful than in-person interviews. Albeit the questions and conversations are likely to be the same, there are some differences between interviewing in-person versus through a digital screen. If you’re in the process of getting a job via video interview, here are some best practices to get you set up for success.

Basics you need to take into consideration

First and foremost, you need to be healthiest. Avoid video interview, if you’ve got a cough or are feeling down with fever. Ensure to keep water handy to remain hydrated. One more basic thing is to decide the space where you can sit with minimal distractions. Moreover, you can check there should not be any strong exposure or overshadows from any side. Correspondingly, test your internet connection and ensure your video will come across smoothly. Have a pen, notepad and copy of your resume on your desk but don’t just rely on notes you’ve kept aside.

Choosing right interview space

Choose a quiet, well-lit space where you’ve a neutral background. Make sure the space is free from distractions. Specifically, keep your pets and family members in another room during the interview. Turn off your phone notifications and put it aside.


The best strategy is to sit opposite an open window to avoid shadows/exposures.

Choosing the right attire

However, you're meeting your interviewers virtually, it doesn’t mean you should take the interview any less seriously. It’s important to dress professionally - the same way you would for an in-person interview. You can research about company culture before your interview, that can help you a bit to choose what’s appropriate and what’s not. This way you’ll feel more confident.


To look your best on camera, avoid bright colors and patterns and opt for softer colors instead.

Working on your body language

During video interviews, eye contact is very crucial when you want to convey the same level of connection from both sides. Throughout the interview, convey optimism with your body language, one way to do so is to have a good posture. Sit in your chair with your back straight, your shoulders are open, arms on the desk or your lap. It leaves a good impression if you smile and nod when you’re listening. It shows you’re giving them full attention. You can use hand gestures when it feels appropriate but keep your movements close to your body.


When you speak, direct your gaze at the webcam. When you do this, your eyes are more likely to align with the interviewer’s eyes. When you listen, you can look back at the screen, so it doesn’t seem like you’re staring at the interviewer.

Reality Check

Have a plan if things go haywire. We all rely on Technology. And it just fails sometimes, regardless of how many times you checked your Internet connection. So, before you begin a video interview, provide the interviewer with a phone number where you can be reached if there are any technical difficulties.

Like any other interview, you should conclude the video interview by thanking the interviewer for their time. You also can send a follow-up thank you email later that day or the next day if your interview was in the evening. This will help you build a stronger connection with your potential employer.

Lastly, remain confident with these tips, your chances of selections can be increased.

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