How to Ace a Video Job Interview

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In some cases, it’s just not practical to have potential employees come to an interview in person. If employers want to spread the net a bit further than the local area for employees willing to relocate or eventually work from home, holding video interviews is ideal.

Of course, nothing can really beat a face-to-face interview, but that doesn’t mean you can’t communicate your personal flare and talent over a video call. You’ve still got every chance to really dazzle your potential employers if you do it right.

Why video interview?

As mentioned earlier, it’s not uncommon for potential employees to find it difficult to get to an interview for one reason or another. Increasingly, employers are using remote methods of interview, such as video calls and phone calls.

Phone interviews don’t offer quite the same level of interactivity as a video call. Thus, it’s no surprise that video interviews are becoming more and more common. Use services which are leaders within the professional conferencing world, such as Powwownow, as this will ensure you don’t suffer from any connection or programming problems.

How to prepare for a video interview

First of all, you’ll need to ensure that the equipment you intend to use for the video call works properly and that you know exactly how to use it. It’s a good idea to look into the use of professional conferencing equipment so there’s minimal risk of connection or programming issues.

Because you’re going to be on camera, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to present yourself. Because a video interview is so similar to a face-to-face interview, you’ll feel much more confident if you know you look the part.

Bear in mind that any bright colours you wear – especially white – may not look good on the screen. It’s probably better to stick with dark colours, and don’t bother with cufflinks as they could catch the light and interrupt the video.

Make sure that you position yourself in front of a plain background if you can, or somewhere professional-looking. It probably won’t look great if you’re sat in front of a wall covered in your kid’s paintings.

Finally, rehearse with a dry run. This will help calm you down and give you that confident feel you’re looking for.


In the instance of preparing a presentation for the interview, you can really make the most of video conferencing formats. Remember to only use graphics which are easy to read and not too flashy and at least 24pt.

In the case of presenting a portfolio, it’s a better idea to post a copy to the interviewers before the interview so they have a version to refer to themselves.


A video interview can be just like any other interview – keep a calm head, prepare yourself beforehand with knowledge of the company and the kind of questions you expect to be asked, and think about what kind of answers you want to give.

With all that done, your interview should go smoothly.

Check out:

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  1. A shoddy internet connection will kill any webinar immediate, as you point out. People aren’t willing to stick around, especially when it comes to online communication.

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