Some companies like their candidates to produce a video interview. You may hate the way you look and/or sound on video. No need to sweat it. Here are some tips to help.
Location, location, location. Make sure the room you choose has good lighting so you show up clearly on the video. Your light should come from behind your webcam. Avoid sitting in front of a window with light shining through.
Check your background to make sure it is not cluttered. Avoid showing pictures that are distracting or have your pet pacing back and forth behind you. A solid wall may be the best choice in some cases.
Physical appearance. Your appearance should be professional. Make sure your hair is well groomed and you wear attire that you would wear to a live interview. Stay away from patterns and use solid colors. The focus are your head and shoulders, which is all that should be recorded on the video.
Get rid of dry lips, oily skin, etc. before starting. If you wear glasses, but wear contacts too, wear your contacts. The reflection of the monitor in your glasses will show up in video.
Sound check. When it comes to sound, the only thing you want recorded is your voice. Therefore, clear out animals, music, and other sounds that may pick up when recording.
In addition, check the volume that it’s not too loud or too low. Chances are you will have the opportunity to re-record to provide a “sound check”.
Record. You will be provided with instructions for recording. For example, they may want you to talk about what made you become interested in that particular career field or their company.
Don’t be afraid to use facial expressions or hand gestures. However, don’t use hand gestures to the point where it becomes distracting. The main focus is on what you’re saying, not what you’re doing.
Talk as though you are talking with a friend or family member whom you are very comfortable with talking. In other words, “think” talking to a friendly person and not in a webcam.
Relax. Before you get started, get up and walk through your home. Come back as though you just arrived at the interview. Take a deep breath to shake off nervousness.