Top tips for a video job interview

Top tips for a video job interview

Sarah Peddie

Whilst we live through the coronavirus pandemic, the whole job process can be a bit tricky especially if you are looking for a new job. Due to social distancing, job interviews must be done over video call whether it be on Skype, Zoom or any other video calling platform. 

To help you through this, we have come up with some handy tips which will help you succeed in your video interview and put you in top stop as the ideal candidate for the company you are applying for.

Working technology

Make sure everything is working with your computer and with the connection as well. If a problem comes up during the interview, don't be afraid to bring it up and tell the interviewer. You don’t want to give a wrong answer because you didn’t hear the question properly.

A couple days before the interview, do a trial run with everything set up and make sure it is all working correctly. Download any apps or plugins you need. Check that your computer’s camera, microphone and internet connection are all turned on and are working fine.

If you are using a laptop or tablet then make sure it is fully charged on the day of the interview. If you are using a tablet, make sure that it is stationary so the camera doesn’t shake whilst you are doing your interview. 

Avoid using smartphones when doing an interview over video call. 

Look the part

Back in the days of face-to-face interviews, you would look your best so do the exact same for a video interview. Normal interview etiquette applies when it’s a job interview over a video call. Even though you will most likely be sitting down with your bottom half hidden, you may still want to dress smart from head to toe. Just in case you have to stand up and sort your equipment at any time.

It is vital to make a good impression and being formally dressed will put you in the right frame of mind and make you feel confident when it comes to your interview. 

Wear your interview outfit when you are doing a practice run so you can get feedback from your friends/family on how it looks on screen.

Distraction-free surroundings

If you have a busy household or pets, make sure you do not get interrupted. Let everyone in the house know that you are planning on making a Skype call and let them know what time it is at so nobody can interrupt you. Make sure pets are kept away from the interviewing space as well. 

You will want to set up your surroundings in a business like setting and ideally use a room with a door. A cluttered background will distract your audience and will not do anything good for your organisational skills. A blank neutral background is the best setting for a video interview.

Turn off all alerts from email, text and social media that may show up on the screen during the interview. Make sure you turn off programs that may interfere with the camera and close all other browser tabs. 


Log on five or 10 minutes before your interview so you can be ready and calm when the interview starts. Make sure you have your CV handy nearby you.

In this time you could check your microphone levels and find out if your voice gets picked up if you speak at a normal level or if you have to project your voice.

An advantage of a video interview is you don't have to remember everything. You can have notes in front of you so you can ask questions and bring up talking points. 

However, make sure you are not using your notes too much. Make your notes easy to scan over, do not set it out like a script. The interviewer does not want to see the top of your head for the whole interview so just make sure that you only use your notes occasionally.

Stay present

It is very important to reassure the interviewer that you are still there and still listening. Never start fiddling around with your computer. That is one of the worst things you could do as it is a top hint that you are not listening.

It is also important to keep the interviewer engaged in what you are saying to them. Being aware of their interest level is crucial.

Try and keep “eye contact” by looking into the camera instead of the screen or your phone. 

Show your appreciation at the end 

Remember to thank the interviewer for the opportunity at the end of the call. Follow up with a post-interview thank you note within 24 hours - briefly state again why you are interested in the job and why you think you’d be a great addition to the company. 

If you are looking for a new job within the medical sector then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you find the perfect job to suit you!