Need an Interview Video? Don't Panic!

Kathleen Lloyd     30 December 2019

woman relaxed with coffee

Had a colleague ask about how to make an interview video – for a job application. She was nervous about it, so I offered some ideas to  relax on camera and shine.

Had a colleague ask about how to make an interview video – for a job application.

She was nervous about it, so I offered some ideas to relax on camera and shine.

Because no-one is born knowing this stuff!

  1.  Test your shot first with your phone propped up or use your webcam. Film yourself reciting a poem or talk about why you want the job. 
  2. Find a spot where natural light falls on your face. 
  3.  Adjust your framing so you have a small space between the top of your head and the top of the shot. And the bottom of the shot includes your shoulders (at least). A little more is also good – down to waist height. 
  4.  Gaze at the lens while you talk. You’ll come across as confident and relatable. 
  5. Check your sound levels. Either speak up or use an earbud microphone with your phone if you’re too quiet. 
  6. Get rid of clutter or rubbish in your background. 
  7. Pick something to wear that is one colour, plain and suits you.
  8. Use a little makeup to give your face some definition. Street makeup is fine. 
  9. Pop some bullet points on a sticky note so you can stay focused. 
  10. Dance around to your favourite song before you film so your energy is up

Remember – you can do as many takes as you like. 

Give yourself time for three or four takes. After a few – you’ll relax. 

Promise!

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