How to ace Video Interviews


Video interviews: how to do well

When you apply for a job, you may have a live video interview or a pre-recorded interview. Get advice on how to prepare.

Prepare for your video interview

Like all interviews you’ll need to prepare well. Make sure that you know the:

  • date and time of the interview
  • contact details


To help you prepare you should:

  • research the company and what’s involved in the job
  • look at the company website and get an understanding of their culture and values
  • read through any guidance notes from the recruiter and follow their instructions
  • go through your CV or application form and prepare examples to show you have the skills and experience
  • have some questions of your own ready to ask
  • prepare some answers to common interview questions


You may also find it helpful to make notes and put them somewhere you can see them.

Technical preparation

Before you start you should test your microphone and make sure you know how to use the software. This includes how to:

  • start and end the session
  • mute your microphone or turn off your camera
  • share your screen – you may have to do a practical task during the interview

Make sure you plug in or charge your equipment and that your internet connection is good. Log in with at least half an hour to spare so that you can check everything is working well.

Get your location ready

Find a quiet space with no interruptions. If you live in a shared house, you may need to warn others to be quiet around the time of your interview.

Find somewhere you can sit that does not have anything distracting in the background. Make sure you have good natural light or use a lamp so that the interviewer can see you well.

If you can, use a computer or laptop rather than a tablet or mobile phone. Position it so the camera is at eye level. 

It may also help if you:

  • use headphones to improve your sound quality
  • split your screen and have your prompt cards on one half and the interview on the other
  • close down any other windows on your computer and turn off your mobile phone


How to present yourself

Wear smart clothes that look professional. Go for something plain that does not look distracting on camera.

Try not to wear a lot of jewellery. Avoid anything that could distract you and be noisy when you move.

You should do some practice runs. Record yourself and watch the recording back. Make sure you:

  • be clear when you speak
  • do not talk too fast
  • pause at the end of a question so that you don’t talk over the interviewer (there is a slight delay online)
  • smile and look interested
  • sit up straight and have good body language
  • keep up good eye contact – look at your camera rather than at the screen


At the interview

Take some deep breaths and try to stay calm.

Try to enjoy the experience and show the employer you are a good fit for their company.