Video interviews are common nowadays because they’re more efficient in terms of time and money – and they quicken the hiring process.
While a video interview may not require you to physically meet and shake hands with your potential employer, it does require the same level of respect and preparation as an in-person interview. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for this all-important virtual experience:
Make sure that your technology is working and set the scene
A few days prior, do a dry run with a friend or family member via the platform that you will be expected to use, e.g. Skype, Hangout etc. Practice looking at the video camera and not the screen. Your body language often conveys more than your words, so keep your body language open. Ask your mock interviewer to assess the sound and lighting quality, how your body is framed in the screen, and whether or not your background is distraction-free.
Record and critique your performance
If you can, record your mock video interview so that you can review it for spoken and body language. Do you tend to look away often? Do you tend to use space-filler words such as, “um,” “uh,” “yeah,” and “like”? Assess how often you use filler words. Understand why you’re using filler words and that you’re less likely to use them when you’re well-rested and -prepared. Pace yourself and consider embracing the pause.
After the interview log off
Be sure to log off and close out the video application and to close your webcam. There is no need to have your potential employer unintentionally watch a play-by-play of your post-interview activities.
Still dress to impress
Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Wear your best, pressed business attire (appropriate for the job); be well-groomed; and practice your smile in the mirror a few times. Keep makeup natural-looking and jewellery to a minimum (shiny jewellery can reflect in the video camera, creating a glare). These steps can help to boost your confidence and feeling that you’re just across the table—not the screen—from your interviewers.
Write your thank you note
Post-interview etiquette rules apply equally to in-person and video interviews. Within 24 hours, be sure to email the hiring manager, the recruiter, and/or whoever arranged your interview to thank them for their time and consideration.
By Damilola Faustino
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