How to Find the Right Camera for Your Video Interview

How to Find the Right Camera for Your Video Interview

If you successfully navigate the application process, you will find yourself in a position where you’ve been invited to an interview. More often nowadays, this interview will take place online. In your interview, you will need to be able to impress the hiring manager and interview team through a computer screen.

To impress in a video interview, you will need to present yourself well. This is true for both the things you say in the interview and the way you look and sound. In this article, we will explore the importance of the camera you use in the interview and how you can find the right one for you.

The New Norm

The rise of video interviews is unquestionable. During 2020, video interviews quickly became the main mode of interview as the effects of the pandemic were felt. Since then, in-person interviews have returned, but the convenience of video interviews means that they are used by organizations most frequently.

Why Should You Care About Your Camera?

The nature of video interviews means that your appearance on the computer screen matters. If your video and audio quality is poor, but another candidate is perfect, you may put yourself at a disadvantage. It may cost money and take some time to find the right camera for you, but the investment is worth it.

Delivering the best possible video will help you land a job. It is important to note that although having HD camera quality can help you, the way you perform in your interview will still be the most important factor. Getting a quality camera can help get you over the line in your job interview, however, as it will help you have a better connection with the interviewer.

How to Find the Right Camera for Your Video Interviews

Before you approach finding the right camera for you, only buy what you can afford. There are lots of choices at a range of different prices. In this article, we will look at four categories of cameras that you can use in your video interviews.

  1. Built-in computer camera

    Nearly all laptops come with built-in cameras. Depending on the computer model and its age, you will find that some built-in cameras perform better than others. If you use this option, you will want to find a built-in camera that can record in 720p/1080p quality.

    Our suggestions for the best laptops with built-in cameras are the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 and the Apple Macbook Air.

  2. Webcams

    A webcam usually mounts on top of a laptop or desktop. Using a webcam can help you capture your background effectively with a wide-angle lens while also having a high-quality picture. A webcam will most likely be a cheaper option for finding the right camera as you can find plenty of great options that are under $100.

    Our picks for the best webcam are the Logitech C920 and the Razer Kiyo Pro.

  3. Digital cameras with video

    Digital cameras have more versatility than a built-in camera or a webcam as you can also use it in your everyday life, especially if you’re interested in photography. In terms of video interviews, however, you will most likely place the camera on a tripod when recording yourself. Many digital cameras have video options that record a crisp HD picture, but they can cost anywhere between $200-$1000 depending on the quality.

    For video interviews, we recommend the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and the Panasonic Lumix G100.

  4. Video cameras

    Video cameras are designed for exactly what the name suggests… videos! Today video cameras will all come equipped with HD video quality and a number of settings to tune the brightness, contrast, and saturation of the image. Ensure you read reviews and research thoroughly before investing in one that catches your eye, however, as what’s best can change quickly.

    Our recommendations for video cameras are the Sony HDR-CX405 and the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder.

Other Components to Consider in Video Interviews

It goes without saying, that you need to thoroughly research which camera will be best for you in your video interviews. It will mostly depend on your budget and how much use you will get out of it. There are other components that you should be aware of, however, as sometimes a high-quality camera isn’t enough.

You will also want to consider the audio quality of your video interviews. All types of cameras come with built-in microphones, so it is up to you to decide if this is good enough. If you feel it can be improved, there are plenty of microphone options that you can choose from to enhance your sound.

The video quality of your camera can also be enhanced by lighting. From affordable table lamps to expensive studio lights, you can choose which one works best for your work environment. It takes time to get your lighting right, so spend time configuring it and experimenting with different combinations around your room or office.

Many cameras may also require you to purchase a Camlink to link your camera to your computer. There are many affordable options, so research which one will work best for your camera. For some cameras, you may not need to purchase a Camlink at all.

Consider the components above and put in the effort to make your video interviews stand out. If you can make a good impression, there will be a higher chance that you land the job. Good luck and enjoy finding the right camera for you.

Written by Career Specialist Feb 28, 2023
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