As more and more businesses are embracing the use of video technology, it’s no surprise that they are becoming more efficient as a result. Businesses are discovering more ways to use this technology, including a more prevalent video job interview. Traditionally, most of us at some point have experienced the process of the phone interview that leads to the in-person interview. Today, with the rise of telecommuting and for the sake of efficiency, employers are utilizing video solutions to size up their job applicants.
Often times, I’m told that the biggest stress factor is not so much the interview itself, but the idea of doing it over video can be nerve-racking to some. It is understandable to have concerns, but by doing some preparation beforehand and knowing what to expect, you can rock your video job interview!
The following tips are a surefire way to help you ace that interview like a pro:
1. Choose the best solution. The employer might have a preferred solution they want to use, or if it’s not WebRTC, make sure to do a test run and download any necessary applications.
2. Select a private and quiet location, preferably somewhere with a plain background behind you. Remember, you want the focus to be on you and what you’re saying.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice. Mock Interview with someone. Ask them to meet with you over video using the solution and the room selected for the actual interview, so you can work out any problems beforehand, such as: microphone volume, video and sound quality, and make sure there is no background noise or too much echo when you begin to speak.
4. Be prepared. Like any other interview, have notes and questions ready.
Day of Interview
1. Breathe 🙂
2. Dress to impress. (Remember, they can see you!)
3. Test all devices and connections one more time and turn off all distractions.
4. Look directly into the camera – not the monitor. Smile, maintain good posture, use hand gestures when appropriate, and lean in (don’t be too far way). Check out our tips on making eye contact over video.
5. Make sure all meeting participants can hear you and see you. It is also helpful to pause for a few seconds before answering a question (in the event there is a lag, you don’t want to talk over anybody).
6. Keep notes handy and placed near the camera/monitor, so you are not breaking eye contact too often fumbling through notes. Use a Word Document, notepad, or sticky notes.
7. Keep it casual and treat it like a regular conversation.
Follow these tips and you’re on your way to acing that video job interview!