How To Make The Best First Impression During Your Video Interview

Video-Led recruitment is becoming more popular in the recruitment sector and as a result, candidates must keep up-to-date and learn how to effectively showcase their skills and abilities in order to gain the job of their dreams. Video-Led recruitment has three main areas; video CVs, video Assessments and video interviews, in which candidates will need to make a good first impression.

Below, we have placed some of our top tips to help you make the very best first impression:

Dress To Impress

Even though you’re most likely recording your Video CV at home or are taking part in a video assessment or interview in your bedroom or living room, it is important that you treat it the same as you would a real life interview.

As with any interview, it is vital that you look your best and dress smartly. We’d suggest that you opt for the traditional interview dress code, a shirt or blouse and a pair of trousers as this will show you are making an effort and it may also help put you in the right mindset.

Afterall, it only takes 0.02 seconds for someone to form an opinion based on how you present yourself on average, so please don’t let your pajama bottoms and food-stained t-shirt be the reason you didn’t bag the job of your dreams.

Location is Key

Location is one of the most important elements of conducting a high performing video CV, video interview or video assessment, so you must find a location where distractions are limited, for both you and the recruiter, and ensure there is no background noise.

As well as this, you need to clear the area and avoid clutter. Tidy your space and ensure all distractions are removed. Your background will also determine your profile and give the recruiter an insight as to whether you are a well-kept individual who takes pride in themselves and their work, or are you a slob who couldn’t care less?

Be Professional

Being professional is probably the most obvious way of making a good first impression and, if you have experience in the workplace, it should come easily to you. Even with video, you’ll want the recruiter to take you seriously and show them you are worth hiring.
To do this, you should act and dress professionally and treat it the same as you would if it was a face-to-face interview.

Showcase Yourself

Our speech, mannerisms and body language can all tend to change when a camera is put in front of us, especially if you are prone to becoming camera shy. It is important to remember why you are doing it and approach the task with confidence, talk clearly and don’t overthink things. Overcome this challenge, it will help you grow as a professional and give you some more interviewing experience.

Need More Advice?

Jobzilla is the first recruitment agency to significantly enhance engagement between our clients and candidates by embracing modern video technology to revolutionise the recruitment process. Our Video Assessments ensure each candidate has the opportunity to express what makes them who they are and provides a valuable tool to help employers make quicker and more effective recruitment decisions.

If you’d like more information on how you can prepare for your upcoming video assessment or would like to know more about the service we offer, why not contact Jobzilla today on 0203 507 1717, email to or by filling out the contact form on our contact page.