7 Tips for Acing a Video Job Interview
Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job interview through a webcam or video call.
Technology has changed the nature of business - connecting people from all over the world for everything from meetings to job interviews. Today, individuals can meet with a colleague in China from their home in Chicago, or interview for a job without ever walking into someone's office. A few of the most popular services that make this possible include online applications like Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple's FaceTime.
If you've been asked to interview for a job on one of these video services, here are some tips to help you prepare for your interview
(and hopefully land the job).
Tips for Interviewing for a Job Interview Over Video
First, realize you are still interviewing for a job, so all the usual rules for grooming still apply. That means dressing up for the job interview, grooming your hair and checking to ensure there's nothing in your teeth.
The tendency for interviewees is to look at their computer screens because the image of the other person is there. Be sure you look into the camera instead. That way, it looks like you are making eye contact with your interviewer.
Prepare the backdrop of your video to eliminate distractions and help reinforce your personal brand as a competent professional. Make sure any children or pets are taken care of in another room, turn off the radio or television and be sure that the wall behind you is simple and cleared of clutter.
Prior to the interview, make sure to close any non-essential programs on your computer. You don't want there to be any lag time on the video transmissions you'll be sending and receiving.
If you plan to share any documents during your call, have those handy. Know where to find them on your computer so you aren't wasting your interviewer's time searching for documents. If you're planning on sharing your screen during the call, it will be helpful to clear off/hide any personal items on your desktop that might become a distraction for the person interviewing you.
Before the call, test your video and audio to ensure they are working and adjust your lighting for an optimal video presentation. You may want to open the blinds or pull back the curtains to allow some natural light into the room, but make sure your video is not directly facing the sun or a window. That will create a glare on your screen, and possibly obscure your image during the conversation.
Rehearse your interview beforehand so that you are familiar with the technology and the format of interviewing at a distance. By taking the time to prepare, you will be able to focus during the job interview and answer any questions without distraction.
Online services like Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple's FaceTime are useful tools for today's job seeker. Follow these interviewing tips to ensure you're confident during the discussion and are putting your best foot forward!
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