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With the rise in remote and hybrid working, it's essential for employers to understand how best to conduct video interviews, given that they are different to meeting someone in person.

This blog is designed to help you to make the most positive first impression possible and to successfully choose the best candidate.

Preparing yourself

Before the interview, try to find a quiet, well-lit and tidy area, with no distractions. Remember that this is your potential next employee, do you really want them to see your dirty washing? You should remove anything from view that you wouldn’t want to be seen by your employees.

Dressing appropriately, as you would for an in-person interview, will help you to adjust your mindset, even if the candidate can’t see all of you. Have your questions prepared, along with everything you need to take notes.

Technology isn’t always reliable

Firstly, it’s important that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the interview, by notifications, or email alerts, so ensure these are turned off. Test out your tech setup beforehand, as it’s likely that you will need to adjust your microphone and camera before you begin.

In case your tech fails, or anything goes wrong with the audio, you must ensure you have the candidate’s contact number beforehand, to continue the interview over the phone. If possible, using a headset will reduce feedback and make the conversation smoother.


Set your webcam up to eye level so that you are looking at the camera while you speak instead of the screen. Keep the camera at arm’s length away from you and sit in the middle of the screen, face-on. This positioning will give the illusion that you’re making eye contact with your candidate.

Tone and body language

Only being visible through a screen means that your body language cues will be limited. Try to put the candidate at ease by smiling throughout and using a positive tone of voice. Another thing to remember is not to fidget – this could be very distracting to a candidate trying to answer your questions.

Watch for red flags

A video interview can reveal a lot about a candidate, even if their CV was exemplary. Interviewers should be aware of interviewees’ eye contact and body language to reveal any red flags, such as checking emails or doing other tasks while you’re talking.

With this advice, you should be able to choose the best candidate in a short space of time.

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