5 Ways to Prepare for a Video Job Interview
The Human Resources function has taken on increasingly critical responsibilities and continues to develop methods to save time and resources. Because of this, videoconference job interviews are becoming a common practice for first round interviews. Here are some helpful tips in acing your upcoming video job interviews
1. Make sure you’re prepared.
Interviewing via video conferencing does not mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Treat it as if you were interviewing in person. Study up on the company and position, have questions prepared, and most importantly…dress for success! You may be at home, but this is not just a phone call so make sure you’re cleaned up and wearing professional attire.
2. Test your equipment.
There are three main components to test before your interview:
- Audio Settings – Do your speakers and microphone (do you even know if you have a one?) work? Make sure you are coming across clear and loud with no static.
- Camera Settings – Is it too dark? Too light? Too distracting in the background? It’s best to sit in front of solid colored wall with plenty of light. This way, the interviewer will focus on you and not the wallpaper behind you
- Internet Connection – This is often overlooked, but it may be wise to ensure you’re plugged in with an Ethernet cable for a hard connection. Video conferencing may take up a lot of bandwidth and a spotty WiFi connection may cause an overly lagged session.
3. Don’t forget about the microphone.
After you’ve checked your audio beforehand, make sure you face the microphone and speak loudly when answer the interviewers questions. You want to come across as professional and confident, not as someone who people have a hard time understanding.
4. Make eye contact.
The goal is to treat this as if it were an in person interview, so eye contact is imperative. It may feel awkward, but don’t be afraid to look into the camera when answer or asking questions, Putting the interviewers video screen directly underneath your camera is a great way to minimize your eyes darting across the screen.
5. Pay Attention.
You wouldn’t go into an in person interview with your phone on or TV/radio playing in the background, so why do it now? Give 100% of your attention to the interviewer and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by any outside influences.