Video interviews are becoming more popular due to their conveniences. It saves time and money for both the employers and the candidates. Whereas, an in-person interview is still the most popular hiring method.
There are chances you will be asked to do a video call. Make sure you are well prepared by running through these 6 tips before your video interview.
Do not install Skype or the required software on the same day as your interview. Download and set up the things you need a few days prior to your appointment.
Create a professional username for your Skype, Google Meets or any other video conference platform. Just like your professional email address, it will affect your professionalism.
Choose a place that is distraction-free with no people walking around or surrounding noises. Set up your area as if you were in an actual interviewing room with the hiring manager. Making sure your background is not cluttered with posters or pictures is a good way to start. Your interviewer wouldn’t like to see a messy room filled with clothes or stacks of books either.
Dress like it’s your first day, even if we only see your top half, it’s better to be fully dressed because the way you dress could affect your mood.
Choose an outfit that will look good while you are sitting. Try to get some feedback from a friend or a family member while practicing your interview on camera with them.
During the interview remember to talk to the camera because you can easily get distracted by other things on your screen, like looking at yourself in the preview window. It’s very easy to tell where you are looking even if you are making eye contact with the interviewer.
Your built-in mic can play tricks on you, try testing it with someone else before your interview. Practice the way you speak and make sure you speak loud and clear. You don’t want the interviewer to have a hard time understanding you.
What does the interviewer expect from you?
Make sure your responses answer the interviewer’s questions. Recruiters and hiring managers want to know if you are a fit for the job. As video interviews allow both parties to save time, be clear and don’t let them wondering if you are qualified.
Tell a story in your responses. Relate them to past experience that demonstrates how you can perform the job required.
While video interviews are great, there are always the essentials that are needed. Make sure your experience and qualification match what you are saying during the interview.