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Mastering Your Video Interview with this Checklist

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If you’re worried about your next video interview (like how the average millennial dreads voice calls and prefers text messages), think of them as opportunities, not obstacles.

Embracing video interviews is crucial in today’s evolving job market, where remote interactions play a pivotal role in the hiring process. Instead of viewing them as daunting obstacles, consider video interviews as valuable opportunities to showcase your personality and soft skills, setting yourself apart from other applicants.

Navigating the Video Interview Landscape: A Checklist for Success

Before diving into a video interview, it’s essential to consider several factors to ensure a seamless and impactful experience.

Acoustics: Ensure a Noise-Free Environment

  • Notify household members about your interview and request a few minutes of uninterrupted quiet.
  • Turn off mobile devices and any potential sources of disturbance.
  • Communicate the need for silence to create an optimal interview environment.

❐ Lighting: Illuminate Your Best Self

  • Position the light source in front of you to ensure your face is well-lit.
  • Adequate lighting enhances visibility and conveys professionalism.
  • Avoid backlighting that may cast shadows on your face, impacting clarity.

Background: Create a Distraction-Free Setting

  • Choose a background that doesn’t divert attention, such as solid-coloured walls or bookshelves.
  • Eliminate potential distractions like televisions or noisy roommates.
  • A clutter-free background fosters a focused and professional atmosphere.

Confidence: Let it Shine through the Screen

  • Maintain consistent eye contact with the camera to establish a connection.
  • Speak assertively and clearly, ensuring your voice reflects confidence.
  • Express enthusiasm about your skills and qualifications.

Preparation: Practice Responses and Memorizing Stories

  • Anticipate common interview questions and prepare thoughtful responses.
  • Memorize brief STAR-method stories to illustrate your achievements.
  • Have a script as a guide, but avoid reading verbatim for a more natural flow.

Technology: Ensure a Smooth Virtual Encounter

  • Check and charge your device’s battery to avoid interruptions during the interview.
  • Verify the functionality of your webcam and microphone in advance.
  • Reset your router if there are concerns about potential internet disruptions.
  • Be sure to ask in advance about the software used for the interview. Take time to download or upgrade to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Personality: Showcase Your Unique Traits

  • Position yourself to highlight your smile and shoulders on the screen.
  • Convey warmth and approachability through non-verbal cues.
  • Remember, employers are looking to know your genuine personality; they’re not expecting robotic responses.

Attire: Dress to Impress

  • Choose attire consistent with what you would wear to an in-person interview.
  • Professional dressing reflects your commitment and respect for the interview process.
  • Pay attention to grooming and presentation to create a polished impression.

❐ Research: Learn from Others

  • Watch video interview examples online to observe successful techniques.
  • Analyze how candidates present themselves and respond to questions.
  • Incorporate effective strategies into your own preparation.
  • Stay informed with the best practices. Check Career Edge’s FAQ on video interviews.

How to Dress for Success

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Dressing for an interview can be just as important as the experiences on your resume. Which is why today we’re covering the in-and-outs of dressing for success.

In the year of 2018, freedom of expression and self-expression through fashion is encouraged, but when it comes to interviewing, some guidelines can help you to get ahead.



Before talking outfits, we need to take a step back to the essentials. Hygiene. A well groomed and maintained hygiene can go a long way. A clean manner will leave a solid first impression before you are able to get a single word out.

Hygiene is also an essential and will leave a positive impression on your interviewers and may even give you a bit of an upper hand in a highly competitive job market. Not that you need to be a fashion stylist to land the job but this is your opportunity to be seen as a the chic, sophisticated, modern boss that you are.

Some Necessities

  • Maintained and well-groomed facial hair
  • Collared shirt (tucked in preferred)
  • Dress pants
  • Dress shoes


  • Blazer
  • Tie, tie clip

General Tips!

  • Dress for the weather! If it is extremely hot outside, then maybe ditch the blazer and opt out of a white shirt.
  • Iron your clothes, no one like a wrinkly candidate (It comes off as unprofessional and messy)
  • Take a shower to be fresh, but avoid heavy cologne because you interviewer may be allergic to scents
  • Take a notebook and pen for notes, and a copy of your resume and cover letter (just in case)
  • Do your research on the company norms (if everyone dresses casual everyday then it’s a bad idea to go in a full suit, opt for a business casual outfit.)

Some Necessities

  • Hair is clean and maintained neatly
  • Business casual statement dress (work appropriate)
  • Blazer paired with blouses/dress/button downs
  • Dress pants or skirts
  • Peep-toe shoes, flats, heels with moderate height
  • Classic black dress with tights/nylons


  • Light tasteful jewelry such as a watch, simple earrings
  • A clear lip-gloss to highlight your natural features

General Tips!

  • Avoid low cut tops, short dresses, see through clothing
  • Avoid excessive perfume and heavy scents
  • Avoid heavy distracting makeup and opt for a more natural soft look
  • Dress for the weather, throw an extra blazer in your bag if it gets chilly in the office where you are interviewing
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Questions to Ask in An Interview

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Picture this, you’re in an interview, and you’ve finished answering the interviewer’s (many!) questions. Then they ask you if you have any. Don’t say no to be polite! Ask questions. It shows you’re interested in the position, and you’ll learn more about the job – you may even learn something that’ll make you lose interest. Read More