Choose your location - Location is important. In our new work-from-home world, it's important to find a quiet location, where you can devote the time needed to complete the interview without interruptions.
Check your lighting - You want to make sure your lighting is in front of you since light from behind isn’t flattering. Try to ensure your face is clearly visible and if you’re sitting in front of a window during the daytime, close the blinds to prevent heavy backlighting.
Do a tech test - Virtual interviews can be done on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone - as long as it has a front facing camera and audio capabilities. That said, it's always a good idea to test your gear before starting the process. When you sign into the video interview platform – you will be asked if you want to test your audio, it’s a good idea to do this – just follow the onscreen instructions.
Practice - While virtual interviewing isn't difficult, a little practice can help you prepare. Most on-demand interviews ask you to give your answer in just a few minutes, so it’s helpful to think about how you will illustrate your skills clearly in that timeframe.
Bring notes - Like any job interview, upfront research about the job and company is always a good idea. Spend some time thinking about how your skills align with the job requirements, and if it's helpful, take notes to use during the interview.
Relax - While a video interview might be a new experience for many, there are lots of similarities to a traditional interview setting. Preparing for the interview in many of the same ways you would in a traditional interview, and ensuring that you are comfortable and ready to go will help you keep your cool.
Don’t panic if you have a technical hiccup - While you should be able to iron these out by testing your equipment, occasionally you’ll still run into a technical issue, like background noise or another distraction. Instead of beating yourself up, try not to let it affect the interview. Just apologise for the interruption and continue with the question asked.
Don't worry about eye contact with the camera - Be yourself. Just like an in-person or phone interview, this is your chance to shine and share what you offer. Relax, have fun, and let your skills and personality do the talking! Most importantly, be authentic. And don’t worry about making eye contact with the camera. Just speak and focus in the way that makes you comfortable.
Always remember to make yourself a coffee or get some water ready for the session and of course switch your phone to silent.