These unprecedented times caused by the coronavirus pandemic have changed the way employers operate. In this new remote world, the interview process has shifted to rely on phone calls and video interviews. While the concept of a video interview is new for many, there is no need to worry! With the right preparation, you are sure to ace the interview.

Types of Video Interviews

There are two types of video interviews, live and asynchronous. A live interview is when both parties are on a video call at the same time, engaging in a two-way conversation. Despite the fact that you are not in the same room as the interviewer, it essentially is the same as an in-person interview.

An asynchronous video is when the interviewee is given a question promptly, not typically given in advance. Then, the interviewee must record themselves responding, usually within a time limit and only one attempt. This concept is more intimidating since it is nontraditional and involves no opportunity for two-way communication. Although it makes it seem awkward, these tips will make you feel comfortable and ready to go!

Tips for a Video Interview

Practice – Practice always makes perfect. It is a good idea to practice recording yourself answering questions so you can get a feel for it ahead of time. The more practice you have, the more comfortable you will be in front of the camera when it comes time for the real deal.

Have the Right Set up – It’s important to consider elements such as background, lighting, and technology when getting ready for your interview. To keep things professional, the background should be clean and organized. A plain wall is always a good idea, and you can elevate the scene by choosing to include a bookshelf, plant life, or wall décor – just make sure it is not flashy and distracting! Test different types of lighting to see what looks best on camera, natural light is always a great option if possible. Lastly, take time before the interview to test your computer’s network connection, audio, and camera system.

Dress the Part – Just because you are interviewing from home does not mean that you shouldn’t be dressing to impress! Be sure to dress fully in business professional attire, including pants (even if they aren’t visible on camera). Solid, soft colors show up the best on camera. Avoid patterns, wearing all white or all black, and colors that blend in with your background.

Body Language – Body language is still an important factor when doing a video interview. Sit up straight, avoid using too many hand gestures, and make eye contact. The natural instinct is to look at the screen, however, you should be looking into the camera!

For more interview tips read: Answering Behavioral Interview Questions, How to Answer 5 Popular Interview Questions