The Dos and Don’ts of Staging Video Interviews

By Vanessa King · November 6, 2015

Video calls give me heartburn. From location choice to internet connection, there are so many things that can go wrong.

If you’re asked to connect via video for a job interview, live broadcast or meeting, use the tips below to put aside the tech issues and have a seamless conversation.

Test your connection

Ethernet connections are faster and more reliable than Wi-Fi. If you can’t guarantee a wired connection, test your connection speeds. There’s nothing worse than your guest having a distorted or laggy view of your video.

Choose a neutral location

Having a stocked bookcase is the universal sign for being well-read, but resist the temptation to stage the call with your office or library in the background. Choose a location with a plain wall or curtain behind you. Also, don’t sit in a swivel chair.

Fix lighting

Overhead lights can make you look washed out or shadowy. Place lights on either side of your computer’s camera to remove under-eye shadows and add another one behind you to light your background. Read this Skype blog post for more details on lighting.

Check your audio

Before locking down your location, think about annoying ambient sounds you might have to deal with during the video call. Is your spot right below a heating or air conditioning vent? Does your voice echo in the room? Have a test call with the producer or friend before you go live to answer these questions and verify that your program is pulling sound from the right microphone.

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