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Video Job Interview Guidelines

More of today’s hiring managers are choosing to conduct video job interviews with prospective candidates. This practice is time-efficient, especially when recruiting candidates who live at a distance. It is expedient for you as a candidate, provided you have taken steps to prepare yourself for your video job interview.

First Things First

As part of confirming the video job interview request, be sure you have the needed information.  This includes:

  • Learning the video conferencing platform to be used, such as Skype or FaceTime.
  • Date and time, including zone for distant interviews.

Trouble Shoot

Even people who regularly use video conferencing methods are wise to conduct the following steps. After all, this video job interview mode lets you show off some tech skills and attention to detail. Even if you regularly use a mobile device, consider opting for your laptop for optimum professional delivery. Handheld devices and interview nerves don’t mix well!

Prepare for Your Video Job Interview

Conduct the best possible interview by completing steps that add to a professional appearance.

  • Select a space where you will not be interrupted.
  • Access the video conferencing app and test functionality.
  • Select where you will sit.
    • Test lighting to limit shadows.
    • Sit with the screen faced away from windows or bright lights.
    • Move the computer around to find the best placement.
  • Test sound. Use a headset if the built-in mic will pick up background noises.

Dress the Part

Pick out attire that you would wear to an in-person interview. Pay attention to these video details:

  • Choose neutral or muted tones, as bright and bold can be overpowering on-screen.
  • Avoid dense patterns for the same reason.
  • You may want to have a couple of outfits available. Choose your favorite when you conduct your practice session.

Have Your Notes Ready

Keep your notes with interview responses and questions to ask handy. Review these just before your interview.


Schedule a practice session with a trusted friend. Pick someone who will offer tips and give a fair critique of your setup and appearance. Allow sufficient time for adjustments between this session and your interview.

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Vision Your Future Before the Interview

In order to avoid awkward pauses, prepare yourself ahead of time for job interview questions about your future career goals. Interview questions about your future goals are asked to determine if your career aspirations are in-sync with their company. Plus, employers like to know that you actually have ambition and some type of career plan. It isn’t necessary, or even possible to know exactly what you will be doing in five years, but you need to have some direction.  Hiring Managers also want to know that your aren’t planning on moving on to another job in the near future.

Be Realistically Optimistic in Your Interview

Leave titles out of your response. Instead focus on the pathway and steps to your success.

  • Your interest in the work, including your desire to contribute and develop new skills.
  • Your favorable impression of the company and desire for longevity as it is a progressive firm.

Tie Future Plans to Professional Values

Fact of the matter is, these questions offer you the opportunity to blend your values into your response. It’s likely you have chosen to apply for this position because you admire the organization. Link your reason for that with your values, and the next step is future visioning. If you value highly innovative, entrepreneurial work today, you very well may in five years.

Create your statement by tying together:

  • How the position reflects your professional values.
  • The ways you plan to manifest your values in the coming years.

Show that You Have Given the Topic Serious Thought

Hiring Managers appreciate prospective employees who know how to strategically connect the dots. Describe your interest in the position and the organization. This is a mature trait that benefits a business.

Focus on Being a Benefit

Employers are looking for talented workers who will learn, grow, and stay. When a business knows that you are interested in the same, your beneficial qualities stand out even more.

Job Seekers, Beacon Resources is interested in learning about your qualities and where you want to be in five years. Click here for a listing of available finance and accounting positions.