Video interviews are more common than ever with employers and the odds of new job seekers being asked to interview via video is very likely. Companies choose to interview candidates digitally rather than in-person to save on time and resources and allow them to interview more candidates than before. Programs like Zoom, Skype, and VidCruiter are often used in the online video interview process but the results and expectations are usually the same, to gain a better insight of the candidate that a simple phone interview does not provide. Here are a few tips from Palo Alto Staffing on how to nail that video interview and increase the chances of the interviewer moving forward with you.
Dress as you would for an in-person interview
Just because you can do a video interview from the comfort of your own home does not mean that you should interview in a t-shirt and sweatpants. The main goal of a video interview is to allow the interviewer to see you and get a better perception of your personality and attitude. Make sure that you are well-groomed and well-dressed to ensure that you give off the best impression to the interviewer.
You aren’t speaking to a computer, you’re speaking to your potential employer!
Some of us might find it hard to speak freely into a tiny camera on your computer, but staying constantly aware that you are speaking with a person is important. Make sure that you maintain eye contact with the camera so that you don’t seem disassociated with the interviewer. Don’t stare at yourself and don’t move around too much during your interview.
Choose a neat and professional setting
Make sure that you are sitting in a well-lit area free from any background distractions and noise. The focus of the interview needs to be entirely on you and not anything in the background. Try choosing a room that you can close off to any background noise coming from other parts of your home. Be sure to silence your phone and computer notifications so that your attention is never directed away from the interview.
Make sure that your connection is reliable
Before you begin your interview it is very important to be sure that your computer works well with the software and that your internet connection is reliable enough to hold the interview. Take a test run with the software by having a friend or family member give you a test call from their computer so that you are confident the chance of a technical error is minimal. If the software that you will be using is web-based, be sure that the browser you are is reliable and works well with your computer. We recommend Google Chrome.
Remember that this is still an interview where the manager is likely to make a deciding factor on you. Prepare for this interview in the same way that you would a standard in-person interview. Check out our blog post What The Hiring Manager Is Looking For During An Interview and use those tips and reminders to better your success.
Don’t be surprised if you get a video interview request, more and more employers are turning to them now in the digital age. Remember these tips, be prepared, and we’re sure your video interview will go just as well as an in-person interview.
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