Paul Salvaggio discusses how to ace a video interview.

How to Avoid These Three Video Interview Fails

Do your Zoom job interviews get the same degree of forethought as your Facetime with friends? Industry data suggests, in this new normal of remote work and interactions, many job candidates appear a bit too casual during video interviews. Knowing that you get one chance to make a good first impression, I prepared a three minute video explaining three key elements of a successful video interview. Listen in as I break down the prep, setup and execution phases below.

01  |  Candidate Preparation

  • Research – Know the company’s mission and prepare a few questions. 
  • Appearance – Dress to impress (within reason) not casually.
  • Material – Resume, questions , water bottle and phone.

02  |  Media Setup

  • Video – Make sure the camera works and the lens is at eye level.
  • Lighting – Place lighting behind the camera to avoid an unlit face
  • Audio – Test audio using the computer audio and backup headphones

03  |  Interview Execution

  • Room – Display only a clutter free, neutral color wall as the background. 
  • Eyes – Eye contact into the camera lens not the display screen.
  • Position – Your head must be at top of screen
Paul Salvaggio - Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scene: Check out this photo my daughter snapped while I was recording. I essentially McGyvered my desk so my phone’s camera lens and my eyes aligned. You’ll likely use your laptop but the concept is the same. As previously mentioned, the lighting is behind the camera and the background is a clutter-free, neutral colored wall. Remember, follow the above steps as best you can to better assure you’ll ace the interview;  This means McGyver if you must!

Next Steps: As you get closer to your interview date, your point of contact would be happy to schedule a call to assess the above. Complete the form below once you’ve completed the above steps and ready to practice a mock job interview.