Tips and Tricks for Video Interviews

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As technology expands and times change, we are acclimating more and more to a virtual world. Innovations in technology have improved how we can connect with people, allowing for more effective long-distance communication. One of the ways businesses have adjusted for and accommodated non-local job candidates is to offer video interviews.

What does this mean for you, the candidate?

KEES provides these tips to best position you for success during your video interview:


  • Whether you are using Skype, Zoom, or another video call service, make sure you are comfortable with the program. Know where the start and end call buttons are, test out the speaker and microphone on your computer prior to the interview, and ensure you will have reliable Wi-Fi during the call. (Use an ethernet cord if you can.) Do a test run with a family member or friend. The first time you are using a new program should not be during the actual interview.
  • If you have a headset/pair of earbuds with a microphone, give that a try. Using headphones will prevent echo and feedback from your mic due to background noise. Avoid moments of “Can you hear/see me?” Your ease of use with the video system will make a positive impression on the interviewer.
  • Your video screen name should be under a professional username and email. Your interviewer will undoubtedly notice, so make sure the username they see conveys the level of professionalism you want to impart.


  • Choose a location that will appear professional. If you have children or pets at home, designate a separate space that you will be during the interview time to avoid interruptions.
  • Do your test run of your technology in the actual space where you will hold the interview. Is the lighting flattering? What’s the best camera angle? Is there anything distracting on the wall behind you? Have this all worked out in advance. You will look and feel your best knowing you’ve done your part controlling the variables.
  • Don’t sit with a window behind you; doing this will make you appear dark on screen. If you can, sit with a window out of view to the side or in front of you. This will give you a great source of natural light.


  • Even though it can be tempting to wear pajama pants and bunny slippers with your suit or blouse, you should wear exactly what you would to an in-person interview. You never know – you may have to stand up at some point! More importantly, full professional attire will make the interview feel more official and boost your confidence. Remember – you will perform and appear your best when you feel your best.


  • Keep focused on the interviewer and their questions. Look at the camera, not at the recording of yourself. Be mindful of your posture. Sit up straight with relaxed shoulders. Despite not meeting in person, the interviewer can still read your body language on the screen.


  • The calmer and more confident you feel, the stronger presence you will project. Practice all of the above tips beforehand until you feel thoroughly prepared. Then when the interview time comes – let it all go and focus on just being yourself.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to be a knock-out at that next video interview! If you need any other coaching, please email us at