Video interviews are more and more common. Here are some things to remember when you are preparing for a video interview.
- Wear colors. Computer cameras tend to wash you out, so having some color will help you look healthy and engaging. It may be worth applying some make-up, particularly to your eyes and mouth, to avoid looking washed out.
- If possible, try to set up your computer so you have natural light on your face. This is better than electric light for keeping your skin a natural color.
- Consider background. Is there an open closet behind you? Are there stacks of boxes? Does it look like you are sitting on your couch in your living room? An “office” typesetting is best, but if you don’t have a space like that, a neutral wall in the background is better than something that appears to be too “homey.”
- Be sure you will have quiet, uninterrupted time during the interview. If you have family or roommates at home, be sure to let them know what you are doing and that you need privacy for that time.
- Tape the job description, resume, cover letter, and questions you have for them on the wall behind your camera so you can review them without looking down at papers.
- Because you are not meeting in person, it is important to remember to still be engaging with the interviewer as if you were face to face.