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Video Interviews: 6 Mistakes To Avoid

Video interviews are becoming increasingly popular with hiring managers, but they can pose some unique challenges. Here's how to nail your next one.

candidate was set up in front of a window with the sun directly behind their head, which made it look like they were in the witness protection program. Don't do that."

Also, leave your phone in another room, Brown advises. "Sometimes you can see a candidate looking down at it because we're so attached to our phones, or I can hear it vibrating in the background. Commit to the interview and leave it elsewhere. It's one of those things that just creates problems."

4. You're fidgeting and uncomfortable
You want to look professional on camera, but you also want to feel comfortable, he says. "Make sure you're sitting in a comfortable chair, and have a drink nearby. Candidates tend to speak more in a video interview, so make sure you have something to sip if you get thirsty."

You'll also want to have a notepad to jot down questions, and prepare a piece of paper with bullet points to refer to. Your interview may not be on-site, but that doesn't mean you should prepare for the questions any differently.

5. You don't prepare for the unexpected
You checked the software and tested your headset and webcam, but come interview time, it happens: You can't log on, or you experience some other technical glitch. Don't panic, he says. You can prepare for this, too.

"Try to get the email or phone number of the person who's interviewing you beforehand, and reach out to them immediately if you experience a problem," he says. "Maybe you're on the bridge, but the moderator hasn't allowed you to join -- whatever it is, don't wait 15 minutes to reach out. Punctuality is still important, and reaching out immediately shows that you're making an effort."

6. You assume your interview isn't recorded
Just because you're speaking with one person during the interview doesn't mean that's the only person who will see it, Brown says. Hiring managers may record your interview to show other stakeholders in the hiring decision.

"Your evaluation may go far beyond that one interview -- it's a documented event that others may refer to," he says. "If it's a great interview, it's a win for you. You want to do everything in your power to get it right."

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