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Do's and Don'ts for Video Job Interviews

Do's and Don'ts for Video Job Interviews
Video interviews are becoming more and more popular among employers hiring out-of-area candidates. / Credit: Video conference image via Shutterstock

Technology has made the business world smaller than ever, especially when it comes to hiring. Thanks to tools like Skype and Google Hangouts, out-of-town candidates who may not be able to travel to the job site can enjoy the benefits of a face-to-face interview without having to be physically present.                                                  

"Physical distance between potential employers and job seekers is no longer the impediment it once was," said Paul Bailo, author of "The Essential Digital Interview Handbook" (Career Press, 2013). "Digital interviewing will never truly replace a face-to-face [meeting], but it is the closest thing we have to the real thing — if it's done properly."

Bailo shared a list of do's and don'ts that will help you succeed in your next video interview. [How to Ace an Out-of-State Job Interview]

  • Know how to use your software. Whether it's Skype, Google Hangouts or GoToMeeting, know how to use the technology and use it well.
  • Get a quality camera and microphone so you can look and sound great.
  • Adjust your lighting to avoid shadows or over-exposure. Soft, natural lighting is the way to go. Use two lights, one to your right and one to your left, each at a 45-degree angle.
  • Take a teaspoon of honey to sooth your throat before you go "on air."
  • Place neutral-colored paper behind you to create a professional-looking background that does not compete with your wardrobe.
  • Clean the camera lens so you don't look blurry or smudged on screen.
  • Get the right angle. Your camera needs to be at eye level.
  • Look straight into the camera. This way, it appears on the other end that you are looking right at the other person.
  • Write a script. Know what you plan to say and post it on cue cards behind the camera so you know all the key points.
  • Be a diva. Your interview is about the other person, not about you.
  • Have a greasy face. Wash and powder your face before your interview.
  • Have an unprofessional or juvenile username.
  • Move around too much. Stay still and focused, and don't use a swivel chair.
  • Get distracted by other windows or programs. The only thing on your screen should be the other person's face.
  • Show skin. Dress in the same professional attire that you would wear to an in-person interview.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Nicole Fallon

Nicole Fallon received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She began freelancing for Business News Daily in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the assistant editor. Reach her by email, or follow her on Twitter.