Video interviews are more common and is being frequently used by employers. It’s now an important step in the interview process and you need to be prepared to ensure your interview is a success.
It’s a bit different looking into a computer camera or phone screen instead of sitting across from someone. But with these tips you will be ready to shine.
Ace your video interview with these six tips:
Test your technology – even if you’re tech savvy, it’s important to check everything; because if it can go wrong – it will.
- Test a few days before, don’t wait until the last minute
- Be sure your phone or laptop are charged
- Download the app you’re using days prior to the interview, make sure that you have the most up to date version
- Ensure your internet connection is good and not spotty
- Test your microphone
- Clean the camera lens
- Get ready 10-15 minutes before the interview
- Do a test video interview with a friend the day before and a final check the day of
Dress for the video interview – just because it’s on camera doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress for success. Wear what you would for an in-person interview. When you do your test with a friend put on the clothes you’re planning to see how it looks.
No distractions please – Choose a room/location that’s neat. Check what’s behind you and keep the area free of inappropriate items and clutter. You want to keep distractions to a minimum, consider a room with a door so your kids or pets don’t’ suddenly become part of the interview. You want the focus on you, not your cat. Good lighting is important so that the interviewer can see you clearly. Again, check this all during your test.
Good eye contact – think of this as an in-person interview and maintain eye contact like you would during an interview. Tip: Look at the camera and not the screen. It will seem weird at first but it works. Place your camera at eye level (if it’s not, you will look as if you’re looking down to the interviewer).
Be prepared – just like with any interview, review the company’s website, news articles, reviews, etc. so that you’re up on the company’s culture. Look up the person you’re interviewing with. Have a glass of water nearby in case your mouth gets dry. In addition, you should have a copy of your resume and any notes on projects and accomplishments you might want to highlight. And paper and pen for notes.
Be ready for common questions – like ‘Tell me about yourself’ (Read our Blog for tips) and other basics questions. Practice your responses.
Body language still matters – positive body language during the interview is vital. Smile and maintain an agreeable facial expression. Nodding your head, leaning forward are all good signs of positive body language.
Preparation will help you make a good impression and is the key to nailing your video interview.