Video Interview Do's and Don'ts

Video calls have formed the backbone of many communications during lockdowns – and will likely continue to be used in recruitment process for many companies for the foreseeable future.

If you’ve got a video interview coming up, there are a few simple dos and don’ts to ensure that you make the best first impression possible.

DO… make your background presentable

The sight of celebrities and news correspondents’ bookcases and front rooms has now become a familiar one, with many clearly having gone to great lengths to pick out the perfect selection of books and décor.

However, for video interviews and assessment centres, we’d advise that you err on the side of caution. A plain wall or backdrop will usually be the best choice.

DO…...make yourself presentable

Treat a video interview as you would a face-to-face interview.  Smart dress please.  At least your top half anyway….😊

DON’T… be late

When you don’t need to leave your home for an interview, it can be easy to let punctuality slip a little. Employers and recruiters, however, will be unimpressed if you log into a call two or three minutes late. After all, it’s not like you can blame the traffic.

Don’t be tempted to leave interview preparation and set-up to the last minute – leave enough time to navigate meeting invites, dodgy internet connections, unplugged microphones or any other technical hiccups.

DO… use the right devices

Video interviews do not go well on a mobile phone, particularly group interviews. It can be very distracting for others if you are constantly moving it around and also extremely difficult for you to read any presentation material or role play scripts etc.   If you really have no choice but to use your mobile phone then make sure it is on a stand.

We would advise using a laptop on a desk or table for a video interview if you have one. Don’t be afraid to use ear/headphones and external mics either, your interviewer will appreciate the better quality audio and you won’t be distracted by someone singing in the next room… 😊

DON’T… forget that you’re on camera

If you’ve got your camera switched on, act like you’re going to be on screen at all times. You can never tell for certain which people will show up on other participants’ screens, so resist the urge to check your phone. In fact we would advise switching off your mobile phone during your interview to avoid distraction.

Look like you’re actively listening at all times and, although it may feel awkward, try to look into the camera when you speak – rather than at your face on the screen.

DON’T… panic

Employers have all had to adapt to this new way of conducting business and recruiting, and will understand if speaking into your laptop isn’t the most natural thing for you or if you have to broadcast with your bedroom in the background.

At least by following these simple “do’s and don’ts” you can give yourself the best chance for success.


Lastly good luck….😊

Posted by: Step Ahead Recruitment