I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.

Video job interviews are beginning to become more common because they cost less and are more convenient. A 2012 survey by the Staffing Agency Office Team found that 66.7% of human resource managers say they often use video interviews in the hiring process. Yet, studies also show that companies and job candidates rate each other lower when they meet on Skype rather than face-to-face. Like any technology, this method has both pros and cons. Use these suggestions to make the most of a video job interview:

Advantages of a video job interview

1. It saves money. Video interviews can illuminate travel expenses for both you and the company you’re interviewing with. You’ll also use up less of your personal time.

2. Speeds up the process. You may get a job offer more quickly. Companies use video technology to avoid delays and to coordinate travel schedules for multiple people.

3. Demonstrates your technology skills. Invest in a good quality webcam and microphone. Ensure you know all the basic features of the meeting service they’ll be using. Impress your interviewer by being well-prepared and showing that you are tech-savvy.

Steps to take before your video interview

1. Get formal training. Talk with a job coach if you think you require further assistance. If you’re a student, the career development office at your program may offer more resources.

2. Rehearse thoroughly. Practice with your family and friends to see how you look on a webcam. You may even want to have a casual chat immediately before your actual interview to give you a chance to warm up.

3. Dress up. Take a shower, so you’re feeling at your best. Put on your best suit just like you would for a live interview. It’s acceptable for women to apply their makeup a little more vividly for the camera.

4. Create a backdrop. Bookcases and plants create an attractive and flattering professional setting. Banish any clutter and avoid sitting by a scuffed-up wall.

5. Arrange your lighting. Natural light is ideal. If your room has little sunlight or it’s dark in your time zone, try a desk lamp instead.

6. Watch your body language. Sit up straight, try to angle your body slightly, and look over your shoulder a little. It looks less stiff than facing directly toward the camera during their entire interview. Try to act natural yet professional.

Steps to take during your video interview

1. Prepare for glitches. Ask the interviewer in advance what to do if you lose your connection. It will reinforce the message that you’re proactive.

2. Make eye contact. Look into the webcam to give the impression of making eye contact. One of the most common mistakes with a video job interview is looking at the other person’s image on the screen. That comes across like you’re staring at the floor or out into space.

3. Monitor your facial expressions. You want to look animated even while you’re listening to someone else. Try reducing your own image and lining it up with the webcam. That way, you can look at it inconspicuously without breaking eye contact.

4. Minimize note taking. You may want to record the session so you can avoid having to take extensive notes. Memorize the questions you want to ask. Again, this will help you from having to look down a great deal.

5. Work on your closing. It’s easy to get so excited that you lose track of the ordinary things you would do at a traditional interview. Remember to thank your interviewer and ask about the next stages in the process.

These days you may be meeting your next boss online. It’s natural to be a bit camera shy, but strategic preparation will help you light up the screen on a video job interview.

Have you been dealing with rejection after recent job interviews? Check out our blog here on how to deal with rejection and continue your job pursuit with a more positive mindset.


I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/contractnegotiations to pick up the free guide to help you negotiate the contract after you kill it during your video job interview.


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