If you are taking your video interview using a laptop or tablet, charging it to 100% is a great idea.
An even better idea is to have your laptop plugged in!
Also, wireless internet signal can fade in and out.
If you have an ethernet cable handy (they usually come free with your internet router or you can purchase one on Amazon for less than ), plug it in to ensure you have a steady connection.
People will forgive your video quality, but they won’t forgive your sound.
If the person on the other end can’t understand what you are saying, you’re in trouble!
Think about getting your school pictures taken (I know, I know, terrible memories of braces. If you are in a darker room, or you are getting on video chat in the evening, find a lamp that you can plugin and place about a foot in front of your laptop to give you some good lighting.
(For example, Skullcandy makes a pair for .) Your sound will be crisper, the risk of echo will be reduced drastically, and those sirens and dogs barking in the background won’t get in the way of the great impression you’re making on screen!
Do a quick check of your sound settings to make sure everything is set correctly.
Every video chat system has slightly different settings, but most will default to “built-in audio,” which means the speakers and microphone on your computer.
As executive recruiter Jennifer Johnson shared, being in a big room and having too much depth behind you can be distracting.
It’s best to position yourself a few feet from a wall, and have one or two tasteful decor components in the background.