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Video interview tips


Please note your interview should follow the following format:


  • Introduction: Introduction should talk about your education / university or profession, and what you have learnt or worked on at university or in your career and the skills you used.
  • Life/ Work Experience: Talk about your life/work experiences, for example if you have done an internship, work experience or have been involved in a project and what skills you gained during these experiences.
  • Passion: Talk about your passion related to science, technology, engineering and maths. It does not need to be all of these areas, but it is helpful to mention any coding languages you know or any technical skills you may have.
  • Hobbies and Interests:Talk about your hobbies and interests.


Now the tips:


Prepare:

Using the above format, make sure you draft out what you are wanting to talk about.

Practice:

It’s very important that you practice. You may feel awkward talking alone, but this will be your first step in helping you prepare. Use tools such as a video recorder to practice and prepare yourself;  keep recording and practicing till you get it right and feel satisfied with your performance.

Confidence:

Feel confident when recording yourself. This can be achieved by practicing of course, but also by speaking clearly and sitting straight. It is always tough when you have nobody around you but this will help with the nerves. If you are still struggling practice with a friend.

Microphone & Sound:

Be aware of where your microphone is located. Ensure there is no noise in the background and that you are in a spot where you will not be disturbed. Make sure there are no distractions and when you speak, speak clearly and loudly enough for the video.

Body Language:

Look into the camera, not away from it. Imagine the camera is a person and you need to have good eye contact with the lens. If you are not sure of your script, make bullet points, not paragraphs which will help you when recording. Place your script where you can easily see it whilst doing your interview.

Your smile is meant to be a tool to show your potential colleagues you are a pleasant person to work with. Nerves are normal, but when recording a video, you really need to make an effort to be aware of these nerves. This is why we recommend doing several practice interviews before you do a final video recording.

Common nervous signs include:

  • Super animated hand movements
  • Touching your face
  • Giggling
  • Playing with your hair
  • Common uses of “umm”, “uh-huh” or “like”

Try to make time to sit in a room away from people and practice and when you do, you will notice a massive improvement in your final videos.

Posture and Positioning:

Make sure you sit upright and keep your back straight. Make sure you are facing the camera and looking straight at the lens. Adjust your chair to make sure you are not too low or high in the frame.

Timing:

Speak slowly and think before you speak. Timing is everything, don’t rush your words.

Connection:

Make sure your internet connection is good. Poor connection can result in very poor quality videos. Have a webcam that works. Make sure there is no noise around you. Be professional throughout your video.

Positioning of your camera:

If you are recording your video at home, make sure you position the camera well. Please take a look at the below video on how to record a good video and what the positioning of your video should look like. If we visit your school, university or organisations offices we normally bring our tools to ensure you record effectively.

It is recommended to go with an external webcam, this is because it allows for higher image quality and positioning flexibility. Have a look at the image below for the best way to fix your external webcam.

Place the webcam on a stack of books or a box behind your monitor. You’ll want the webcam to be a bit above your eye-line, almost in-line with the top of your head.

For built in webcams:

Similar to the advice above – place your laptop on something so that the webcam is above your eye-line, in-line with the top of your head.

Lighting for your Webcam:

Lighting is very important, as is the background on your camera.

  • A neutral background (plain white) is best.
  • It’s also a good idea to avoid having a mirror reflection show up on camera.

Outfits and Make-up for the video interview:
Please see images below that show a good example of dress code and posture style for your interview.


Image source: Big Interview

  • White shirts, blouses or jackets are not recommended due to how webcams work with the lighting. White could come across as too bright.
  • Good colours to wear are softer / solid colours as they work well with the camera. A dark blue is a good option, or even grey with a black blouse.
  • Avoid wearing strong patterns.
  • Keep makeup to a minimum.

Sample Video