3 Ways Recruiters Can Help You Prepare for Video Interviews | JobSearchTV.com

I know many of you dislike working with recruiters. However, the good ones can be very valuable helping you getting ready for video interviews.

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I know many of you don’t care for recruiters. I used to be one, I used to hear the stories. And on video interviews, they serve a very useful purpose. I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, I’m a career and leadership coach. And I want to talk with you about three ways that they can help you a lot. In theory, you could get this advice from someone else but a recruiter has a financial interest in getting it right. And they’ve prepped a lot of people. And they’re going to know more just because they do this all the time. So here’s a couple of ways that they can help you.


And the first one very simply is, they’re going to give you an idea about your eye contact and how you present against your backdrop. So, for example, I left that door present and I think it doesn’t really look well. So, they’ll tell you to turn your laptop or device a little bit away, so that there isn’t a distraction there and they’re not trying to figure out what’s behind that door.


They’ll also tell you about your eye contact. So, so often, especially those of you who have dual monitors, you’re looking at the wrong monitor. Or, if you’re set up with gallery view, where you’re side by side on camera, we,ll you wind up talking to the person and you’re not making eye contact with them. You look like you’re looking to the side. So they’ll remind you about putting your laptop on speaker view. And they’ll probably discourage you from using your phone for the session because frankly, so many people struggle to get audio correct on their phones with the result being you waste time, you get frustrated, you frustrate the interviewer. Recruiters will point that out to you to gracefully point you away from using your phone and encourage you to use something else instead.


They’ll also do a quick review on your interview attire. They’ll ask you, what are you going to wear for this. And part of what they’re doing is trying to see not just simply how you’re going to appear from here up. But it’s also what color it is to see if you pop against the backdrop. Remember, you know I’m just gonna remind you there’s appropriate attire for interviews. And for the guys, you can’t look like a barbarian; for the women, it’s not appropriate to wear something too tight or too revealing or too ostentatious. It distracts people from evaluating you for what you know. You may look great, but it’s not necessarily the best look.

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Lastly, you know, lighting is important and having the correct lighting and how you present on camera makes a difference. Let’s say for myself today is is a day where the sun is coming up over a mountain. It’s not quite sunny on the lighting to my face. They’ll also do a review of at the time of day on the interview what is the lighting going to be like, as a way of ensuring that you present properly on camera and people can actually see your face.


I remember one time I was recording a video, I was interviewing someone in Mexico and the sun was going down. I didn’t have the ring light I now do to create the look to create light on my face. So I learned my lesson and bought a ring light. And for those of you who wear glasses, do not point a ring light at your glasses. Point it to a wall so it bounces off onto your face, as opposed to creating those rings on your glasses.


Oh, one last thing. For those of you who use Zoom backdrops, I want you to record yourself with that backdrop to see whether or not if you move your head a little bit. You’ve got those distortions that we’ve all seen when people interview. Recruiters can help you with that, too.


I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us. Go to to the site. There’s a lot there to help you in the blog. You can schedule time for a free discovery call with me, schedule time for coaching, find out about my books and guides to job search as well as my courses. There’s a lot there that can help you. And if this isn’t the right time for you to do that, just put that address in your phone. Again, thebiggamehunter.us My name Jeff Altman, and, maybe the notes field. put in job search blog. Lastly, Connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter.


Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great. Take care



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JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2300 episodes.

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