What to expect in a video interview

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As in person interviews are fast becoming a thing of the past, knowing what to expect in a video interview will ensure you’re prepared, feel confident and help land that dream job.

Although this might sound obvious, even the most experienced interviewer can be caught out. Make sure you’re equipped with the essentials and avoid technical difficulties by testing out your setup ahead of time using the same platform, internet connection, and hardware you’ll be using on the day. Get comfortable on camera and have a friend or family member video call with you to make sure you can be seen and heard clearly.


  1. The Perfect Shot – when you go into an office, the company and your interviewer are responsible for the setting, but for a video interview, you are. Make sure you create a good impression by choosing a well-lit, quiet and tidy room.
  2. Dress To Impress – we’ve all got comfy working from home and living in our joggers, but it doesn’t hurt to get dressed for an interview. Dress as you would for an in-person interview, if the company dress code is formal, shirt and tie, if their dress code is casual, smart casual. It’ll be worth the effort.
  3. Arrive Early – it was always good practice to arrive to your interview 10-15 minutes early, this would allow for any traffic delays and show that you were both eager and punctual. Same applies for video interviews. Prepare your computer by closing any unwanted windows and turning off any notifications. If you’re expected to share screen, ensure that you have that window minimised and ready to access. Log in a few minutes early, wait in the lobby, and be ready to give it your best when the interviewer begins the call.
  4. Prepare For An Interview – although you won’t be present in person, the interview is still an interview. Your interviewer is still looking for someone they can see themselves working with and who is passionate and knowledgeable. Be prepared to answer a mix of behavioural, situational, competency and technical questions. Try to answer with real life experiences and examples – these are most relatable.
  5. Write Notes – there is some confusion around whether it’s appropriate to take notes into an interview, whilst perfectly acceptable, having a few notes can be really helpful but make sure they’re not the focus of your attention. Don’t be tempted to distract yourself with lots of information in front of you just because your interviewer won’t be able to see.
  6. The Dreaded Internet Lag – it’s not always apparent whether someone is done speaking and you certainly don’t want to interrupt your interviewer mid-sentence. Get into the habit of pausing for a second before you answer or muting yourself while the other person is speaking and then unmuting again to go.
  7. Interruptions Outside Of Your Control – everyday occurrences are bound to happen when we least want them to. For example, the postman might knock, the dog might bark or the neighbour might start a very noisy lawnmower. Make sure you address it, remain professional and take it in your stride. Remember, it’s likely to have happened to them too.

With the absence of ‘small talk’ and ‘nonverbals’, it’s crucial you listen, stay engaged and build rapport during your interview. Treat it as a conversation, be personable, be yourself and most importantly be authentic.

Good luck!

Author: Marion Duncan