Fixing Common Interviewing Mistakes, Part 3: Positioning Yourself for Success in Video Interviews

This post was written by our resident Career Coach Elissa Harris. To sign up for a free 30-minute career consultation with Elissa, please click here

As many companies move to more virtual work environments, interaction among team members and engagement with potential candidates will take place via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, BlueJeans, Google Hangouts, and Skype. 

To help you stand out during video interviews, we have compiled a few easy-to-follow tips for success:

  • Setting: Find a quiet, private, well-lit place that is free from potential interruptions or distractions. Position your webcam so that you have a neutral background. 
  • Technology: Set up and test the software platform at least ten minutes prior to the interview start time. Put your phone away; do not let it distract you during the interview.
  • Dress code: Dress as you would for an in-person interview, but consider selecting softer colors rather than bright ones and avoiding busy patterns. If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare from the lenses.
  • Body language: Look at the webcam when speaking, and avoid the instinct to look directly at your interviewer. Do not use your notes during the conversation; a hiring manager can easily tell when you are reading.  
  • Storytelling: Prepare for the standard questions that are typically asked during in-person interviews. Know your value proposition and connect it to the needs of the company/role.  
  • Practice: Demonstrate confident body language and comfort with the camera. Your goal is to make the interviewer feel like you are in the room with them. Do a trial run by setting up a mock video interview with our career consultants or with your friends. 

Bottom line: Behave as you would for an in-person interview; be professional but show your personality. More interview preparation guidance is available in some of our previous career coaching blog posts: Tell Me About Yourself, Avoiding Interviewing Pitfalls, and Answering the Dreaded “Failure” Question

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Deadlines

  • INSEAD (Round 4)
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler (Round 3)
  • USC Marshall (Round 3)
  • Carnegie Mellon Tepper (Round 3)
  • London Business School (Round 3)
  • Cambridge Judge (Round 4)
  • NYU Stern (Round 4)

Click here to see the complete deadlines

2020–2021 MBA Essay Analysis

Click here for the 2019–2020 MBA Essay Analysis

MBA Program Updates