Our Experts | Deb Peters

If you’re in the job market, it’s to your advantage to be prepared for all of a company’s new recruiting tools, including video interviews. If you think you’ll never be asked to participate in a video interview, just wait: I suspect that within the next two years, this will be a commonplace interview technique utilized by most companies and law firms.

There are many great advantages to accepting a video invite, and if you haven’t done one yet, it only takes a few minutes of advance preparation to master the video interview. In reality, doing this kind of interview is wonderful tool to streamline your job search. Let’s look at this scenario: You are asked to join a video interview during a lunch break at your current job.

You will:

  • Save PTO
  • Save time
  • Save gas/money
  • Skip weather, traffic and parking nightmares
  • Meet your potential interviewer before an in-person interview


That’s so many perks rolled into one little lunch hour! Video interviews give you flexibility and efficiency that job seekers have never known before. It is also a great way to demonstrate that you are tech-savvy and gives you a chance to leave a good impression with your interviewer.

Now let’s look at how you can prepare for a video interview:

  1. To conduct a video interview, you have to install the software that your interviewer sends you. Make sure to install the software on at least two devices so that if one isn’t working at the appointed time for the interview, you have a backup. For instance, install it on your laptop and smartphone, or tablet or desktop.
  2. Make sure you still dress professionally, even if you are doing the interview at home. Take it just as seriously as an in-person interview – no pajamas, jeans or old t-shirts.
  3. Again, treat this as professionally as possible. Make sure you set up somewhere without any distractions – have a plain backdrop (like a single colored wall), don’t have the TV on, make sure you are alone in the space, and don’t do it in your bedroom or car.
  4. Be prepared for the interview to be recorded to be viewed later by the hiring manager. If it is recorded, they should give you a warning beforehand.
  5. During the interview, be prepared for audio delays. It might seem like awkward silence, but they are still trying to hear the last thing you said. Be sure to pace yourself wait for a response from your interviewer before continuing.
  6. Finally, even though it is an unconventional way of interviewing, you’ve probably noticed a lot of the same rules apply. This goes for after the interview, too. Make sure you still send a thank you note for their time, and it is imperative to use spell check. Grammar might not get you the job, but it sure could make you lose it.

Use these tips and some common sense from what you know about regular interviews, and you’ll be set to go! Don’t fear the unknown. Soon video interviews will be the norm and you’ll be glad that you’ve prepared for it – especially if your competition has not.