Tips for Important Video Meetings

As soon as your meeting is scheduled:

  1. Start setting up and testing right away so you’ll be relaxed on confident when the meeting begins.
  2. Make sure the light is in front of you, as if it’s behind you, you’ll be in shadow and risk looking like someone in the witness protection program. :)
    • If the call will be during the day, make the effort to rearrange the room so your desk or table faces the window, as long as the background from this angle will be appealing.  If you absolutely can’t face the window, close the curtains/blinds and make twice the effort with the other tips below.
    • Turn off all table, floor and overhead lights that are behind you.
    • If your call is at night or you’re not facing the window, move one or more floor or table lights so that they are directly in front of you.
  3. Make sure the camera is at eye level or higher.
    • If you’ll be using a laptop, place it on a 12-24 inch stack of books so the camera at the top of the screen is at eye level.
    • If you’ll be using a desktop computer with a webcam camera perched on top of the monitor, check that the camera isn’t way above eye level. If it is, try lowering the monitor, putting it on lower table, or raising your chair or finding a taller one.
    • Generally it’s best to avoid using our cell phone for a video interview, but if you have no alternative, build a stand if you don’t have a tripod – DON’T plan on holding it the whole time.   Begin by building a deep platform of large books 16-24″ high. Then prop up your phone, using whatever you can find, so that it is completely vertical and the camera is at eye level. One option is to lean it on a smaller stack of books and put a coaster or two in front of it.
  4. Always make a test call using the platform you’ll be using later (Zoom, Teams, WebEx, Google Meet, Facetime, Skype etc.)

At the beginning of the call:

  1. Mute yourself.
  2. Turn on your camera.