Four Video Interview Disasters (and How to Avoid Them)

Video interviews are becoming more prevalent especially with technology companies. Chances are you’ll take a part in a video interview as part of your next job search. While you don’t have to worry about traveling to an interview site, there are still some common mistakes worth avoiding, ensuring your chance at getting that great job offer.

Remember, video interviews are typically conducted using Skype or some other video conferencing service. With that in mind, here is a closer look at a few video interview tips to avoid a potential disaster.

Pay Attention to the Background Shot

Take a good look behind you and make sure to use a neutral background for your video interview. It’s probably not a good idea to have any spent beer bottles or other trash sitting in view of your webcam. Make sure to check out the shot and your network connection a few hours before the interview so you’ll have time to straighten things up if necessary.

Don’t Forget to Dress Professionally

Once again, this is a video interview using a webcam. As such, you need to present yourself in the same manner as an in-person interview. Dress professionally and make sure you look neat and presentable.

Make Eye Contact with the Webcam

Be sure to make eye contact with the webcam throughout the interview, especially when answering questions. Don’t be distracted by the on-screen images. If your video chat software allows you to switch off the two-way view, do it, as it will help you to keep proper eye contact with the virtual interviewer.


Ultimately, an online video interview is essentially the same thing as an in-person version. You need to smile, act naturally, and present yourself in a friendly manner. Be sure to thank the interviewer for the opportunity with their organization!

If you need any additional insight on interview preparation or anything else related to a technical job search, talk to the experts at APN Consulting. As one of the leading IT staffing agencies in the New York/New Jersey metro area, we can help you and your career.

Four Video Interview Disasters (and How to Avoid Them)

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