Video Interview


The video interview allows the company to assess and interact with candidates remotely, leveraging technology to streamline the hiring process. Video interviews are conducted through platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other video conferencing tools. Overall, the objective of a video interview is to evaluate candidates efficiently and effectively, which helps to make informed decisions about suitability for a particular role while also providing a convenient and accessible method for both employers and candidates.

Preparation & Equipment

Preparing for a video interview requires attention to various key aspects to ensure a smooth and professional interaction. Begin by confirming essential details such as the interview date, time, and the interviewer’s name.

Thoroughly test your equipment, including Wi-Fi, microphone, and webcam, to address any potential technical issues. Set up your webcam at eye level to create a natural conversation appearance, adjusting the height with books or boxes if necessary. Opt for a desktop or laptop for the interview. Finally, download and verify the compatibility of the required software.

    Environment & Last-Minute Checks

    Select a quiet, well-lit room with a clean and professional background, and eliminate potential sources of noise, such as fans or electronics. Prioritize optimal lighting by positioning yourself in front of a window or using a lamp directed behind the webcam.

    Dress appropriately for the position, considering a blouse or shirt with a blazer for a professional look. Be prepared by having questions ready for the interview and keeping a copy of your resume easily accessible.

    Practice good body language, maintaining eye contact and posture. Consider a technical backup plan, such as using a phone as a hotspot, in case of connectivity issues. Minimize distractions in your surroundings and be well-informed about the company and the position. Finally, log in a few minutes early to the video interview to ensure a smooth and punctual start. Following these steps will enhance your preparation and increase your chances of success in the video interview process.

    During the Conversation/Video Etiquette

    Plan to spend an hour allowing the interviewer to get to know you better and allowing you to gather information about the role and company. Be confident and smile; you want to show them that you are excited about the position.

    When conversing with the interviewer, look directly into the camera and not at the device’s screen or around you. This does not come naturally to many, so practice beforehand if needed.

    Close the interview by thanking the hiring authority for taking the time to speak with you. Reinforce your interest in the role and ask about next steps.

    *Be sure to completely close all windows including camera and microphone immediately after ending the interview.


    After your video interview, take time to debrief. Reflect on the conversation.

    • What are your feelings regarding the organization and role now?
    • Does the role still align with what you are looking for in your next step?
    • Which questions did you answer well or not so well?
    • Is there anything you did not get the chance to mention about your experience?
    • Is there a question you wish you asked about the job or company?
    • If you are still interested in the position after this step, send a thank you email to your interviewer, affirm your interest, and ask about next steps. The goal at this point is to be invited to a face-to face or onsite interview. If you’re not interested, respectfully and professionally let them know so you do not waste their time or burn any bridges.

    TYGES Can Help

    Your TYGES recruiter will share insights to increase your chance of moving forward in the process and then debriefs with you after the interview. This full circle approach helps you prepare for the interview and decompress afterwards.