Job Interview Tips: The Video Interview
Video Interview Etiquette
Thanks to technology (and a recently shaky economy), companies are increasingly turning to online video interviews (Skype, Facetime, Google Chat, etc.) as a way to save both time and money. They are mostly used in the beginning interview stages to help the hiring manager narrow down the candidates. Being able to interview comfortably via video has now become an essential skill to have. It is important to take a video interview as seriously as an in-person interview. Here’s a few pointers:
- Be in a location where you can be professional. Some place quiet and private like a living room or office setting is ideal. Avoid public spaces such as a coffee shops or libraries (hopefully you are not too broke that you can’t afford your own WI-FI).
- Dress professionally from head-to-toe. Even though you may not be meeting with the hiring manager in person, they can still see you! Dress as though you are in a sit-down, in-person interview.
- Always maintain eye contact with the camera. During video interviews, some people focus on themselves on the video screen. This gives the impression that the candidate is not making eye contact with the interviewer on the other end. When an interview starts, take a quick moment to make sure you look fine on the screen, then focus on looking directly into the camera.
- Plan ahead. Video interviews require more planning than a phone interview, and can be difficult to ensure proper set-up. Regardless of the platform that the company asks you to use, whether it be Skype or Google Chat or FaceTime, take a moment the day before to do a “test run” and make sure that the interview equipment is all working. Also, be sure to check your volume levels.
- Be enthusiastic. Video interviews can sometimes dampen one’s personality. Make an extra effort to smile and act like your normal, pleasant self!