Make sure you can open a session on Zoom or whichever video conferencing platform being used, and check that your speakers and mic work.
Your web camera should be at eye level, not above or below. If it is built in to your laptop, and your laptop is on your desk, put a few books under the laptop to raise it.
Plan to join over computer audio rather than using the dial-in number.
Do not wear headphones for the recording, make sure your computer mic picks up good quality audio.
Pick a quiet location with good lighting coming from in front of you so there are no shadows on your face.
Avoid having a window that brings in bright light behind you, or you will appear as a silhouette.
Choose solid-colored clothing that you normally wear to work. Pick a shirt color that stands out from your background. Do not wear plaid, striped or patterned shirts, or anything red, as they will blead and cause videos to be blurry.
The interviewer may give you questions ahead of time, but avoid the temptation to write out detailed answers. We want you to sound natural, not scripted.
During the interview:
Join the web conference 2 minutes before the scheduled interview time in case it takes a moment or two to log in.
Put your phone on silence, and turn off notification sounds on your computer.
The interviewer will conduct a sound check and visual check of the video to ensure there is good lighting and camera angle.
Avoid making a lot of hand gestures, as there can be lag time with internet connections and the gestures could stutter on the screen.
It is OK to look at your notes now and then, but try to look into the camera as much as possible while you’re talking.
If you start answering a question and get tongue-tied or just want to start over, no problem, just say “Let me start that over.”
If you have colleagues in the interview with you, please put yourself on mute while your colleagues are talking.