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Befriend the Camera: 10 Video Interview Tips

May 06, 2019

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Do you have a chance at your dream job? Have you been offered the chance to do a video interview from home? It's totally natural to feel a bit nervous about being on camera!

Digital interviews are becoming popular; they simplify the whole interview process, as you don't even need to leave your home. Unfortunately, this interview format means you have a few extra things to worry about. Here are some video interview tips so you can get the best results possible.

Make Sure Your Equipment Is on Point

When you give any kind of video interview, it pays to use the right kind of hardware. Not only will cheaper webcams not broadcast in higher quality, but you also won't be able to rely on them to work when you need them to. Cheaper webcams and microphones are often made with cheaper components; don't be surprised if the USB cable gives out on a cheap webcam after a few months.

Buying quality audio and video equipment can actually save you money in the long run. When you buy poor-quality products, you need to replace them frequently when they break down.

If you buy good stuff from the beginning, you won't need to worry about replacements since they'll most likely stand the tests of time. Cheaper webcams have a nasty habit of breaking down when you need them the most.

Not only is it important that you have the right equipment, but you should also have all the appropriate software drivers installed. If you don't install the drivers, you might have serious issues with your webcam or microphone.

Consider the Audio

While a lot of people nail the video side of things in video interviews, the audio side of things often leaves much to be desired. While your webcam of choice might come with a built-in microphone, it doesn't always make sense to use it. These kinds of microphones aren't always of the highest quality and they can sometimes pick up a lot of the sound of the room and background noise.

For optimal results, you should have a dedicated microphone. For professional results, consider using a high-quality dynamic microphone. This kind of mic will only pick up what you point it towards and won't pick up as much background noise as other types of microphones.

Consider Sibilance

When we speak into a microphone, the mic can accentuate sibilant sounds. These sounds are from whenever we use a word with an "s" sound in it. When captured through a microphone, these sounds can become painful to listen to.

Thankfully, there's a solution: you can use something like a pop shield or a microphone cover to significantly reduce the amount of sibilance on the microphone. If you don't have something like this, you can improvise something quite easily.

For example, you could put a sock over a microphone to simulate a microphone cover. Of course, you should only do something like this if your microphone is going to be out of the frame for the interview.

Consider Reverb

There's a reason professional studios put acoustic foam all over the walls; when a human voice reverberates around a room, it makes it much more difficult to understand. There are many factors at play that decide how much your voice is going to reverberate.

The bigger the space, the more reverberation there is. This is why spaces like halls and churches have a large amount of reverb.

The materials used in the room and the contents also influence the sound. Carpeted floors absorb sound better than wooden or stone ones.

If you're in a room with furniture such as beds, sofas, and bookshelves, you'll also find these absorb reverb as well. Ideally, you should do the interview in a "dead" sounding room. Doing an interview in a room with tiled walls or wooden floors is going to sound bad.

Check Your Settings

When preparing for an interview, always check your hardware and software before you go live. It doesn't look good if you need to mess around with configuring your audio and video settings when the interview was already meant to start.

Go into the preferences on your video calling program of choice and make sure your settings are all in order. Both your audio and video device should be selected and they should be working properly. Most programs will give you the ability to test your audio and video, so make sure you take advantage of that before you start the call.

Get the Color Right

Some webcams have color issues; the colors may be too dark or are too washed out. Sometimes, this happens because you're using a webcam without the proper drivers installed.

Make sure you have all the right software installed. In some cases, you might need to download and install a third-party program in order to change the color settings.

Get the Lighting Right

When it comes to looking good on video, the right lighting can make all the difference. You should have two lights positioned on either side of your webcam. These lights will illuminate your face and make the shot look much more professional.

You should also take the time to get the angle of the webcam right. Certain webcam positions are going to be more flattering than others.

Make sure you preview the camera and check out how you look at different camera angles. This isn't something you want to worry about during the interview.

Dress for the Occasion

When you're doing a webcam interview, there's always the temptation to not wear any pants and to wear only the top half of an outfit. You should always resist the urge to do this.

Not only is there a chance it will backfire, but it'll also affect your mindset as well. You don't want to be constantly anxious about accidentally flashing your interviewer your bottom half.

Use These Video Interview Tips for Your Next Appearance

When you want to nail a video interview, there's no such thing as over-preparing. You should make sure all of your equipment is working, do all your research, and use these video interview tips. By doing so, you'll get peace of mind and nail that interview.

Do you need some inspiration for confidence before your interview? Then take a look at our collection of sermons.