Tips for a Video Job Interview - Work in Sports Podcast e062

By Brian Clapp | March 19, 2018

Video Job interviews are the present and the future, they aren't an edge case they are the norm. So how do you handle a video job interview? Listen in to the Work in Sports podcast to find out.

Hi everybody, I’m Brian Clapp, Director of Content for and this is the WorkinSports podcast.Your Sports Career Questions Answered

Tamika from Missouri writes in –

Hi Brian, love the podcast, my professor told me about it a few weeks back and I’m hooked. Thanks for doing what you do.

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Tamika continues – I have a job interview next week and it is a video call which makes me nervous. I had a phone interview a few weeks back and I felt I bombed it. I’m good face to face but I struggled with phone, and I worry I’ll bomb the video call too.

Do you have any tips for a video interview you can help me with?

YES Tamika I do. Lots of them in fact so get ready.

It’s true video interviews are the present and future. They are a much more efficient system for employers, because they can schedule easier and back-to-back, they can talk to people outside their region without having to fly them in and pay for boarding, the can conduct 20 phone or video interviews and whittle their number down to 3-4 finalists with ease.

Consider that a majority of the 500 human resources managers who were asked in a survey how often they used video interviews decided to check the box beside “very often.”

Video works…for the employer.

For the interview subject, it’s a little harder to show your best. When you are in the room face-to-face you can feed off environment and body language and get into the flow of a conversation, but on video it can be harder to get a feel for the person asking the questions and the timing of when to speak or when to wait.

That said – this is the reality of our life, so I want to share how to be the absolute best at it.

1: Consider a technical upgrade.

Look no one wants to spend money if they don’t have to, but the reality is the webcam that comes built into your computer is crap. And a really really good webcam is under $100.

I do a lot of speaking engagements with colleges and universities, and so I upgraded at a Logitech HD webcam for like $80 and it has made a huge difference. The picture is clear and the built in microphone is better than the one on my computer.

You’ll buy yourself a nice suit or outfit for an interview to make the right impression – consider this move even more important. And just to be clear for all you non tech saavy people – it’s plug and play. Meaning, you plug it in and it works.

I’ll link to the one I have in the show notes – but just to be clear I don’t get any commission, I’m not pitching products here, just trying to help.

2: Test everything before.

A day or two before your interview, do a fake interview segment with a friend. Test your connection, your audio levels, your new webcam and make sure everything is smooth. This is just common sense, but I guarantee many of you don’t do this and then end up panicking 10 minutes before your interview because you can’t get the audio to work.

The goal days in advance of any interview is to remove as much panic as possible. Things like testing your equipment and researching the company all go to helping you feel more comfortable on game day.

For the rest of Brian's advice for video job interviews, listen to the podcast!

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