Video Interview Tips
I've had to do lots of video interviews whilst applying for jobs, and I thought I'd share my experiences.
From my experience and that of friends, here is some not-so conventional advice to give you the edge.
Look at the camera
It's easy to focus our attention on your monitor, but to the interviewer this will look like you're looking slightly off to the side. Look into the webcam and this will make your video interview stand out.
Men: don't be afraid of makeup!
Borrow your girlfriend's (or mom's) face powder. You're likely to be slightly stressed and the tiniest amount of sheen on your face will show-up on a webcam. Try it and you'll see what I mean!
Warm up with a conversation
After fretting about getting everything ready, you may have forgotten that you'll be having a human interaction. Start your video interview right after you've come off the phone with someone or had a chat with your house-mate; you'll be naturally warm and conversational.
Fill your room with soft furnishings
Easier when it's your bedroom, but borrow lots of cushions, duvets, pillows, soft toys...anything which deadens that amateur-sounding echo. Sound echo also makes it hard for the interviewer to catch what you're saying.