Preparing for a Video Interview
It’s likely that you have never participated in a video interview while looking for a job. Going forward it is very likely that you will take part in one. Just as more companies are embracing telecommuting, remote interviews are also increasing in frequency. Aside from social distancing, video interviews offer several benefits such as reduced travel costs and expanded geographic opportunities. However, just because you are being interviewed from the comfort of your living room doesn’t mean this is a casual affair. Here are four tips to help you get through your remote interview with flying colors.
Testing 1, 2, 3
The last thing you want is to experience technical difficulties that can disrupt or derail your interview. Make sure that the employer tells you specifically what platform will be used for the interview. Then check to ensure you have the latest version of the software and that you’ve tested it. Check for connectivity and get familiar with the controls. Have a few test chats with a friend or colleague to learn your way around the desktop. While others may fumble their way through this, your knowledge of the communication platform will give you a professional edge.
Dress for the Position
A good rule of thumb is to dress as you would for an in-person interview. Your attire should be professional, crisp, and appropriate to the position. Just last week a recruiter told me about a remote interview she had with a candidate who was wearing a bathrobe. Guess who didn’t get the job?
Stage Your Environment
The camera is going to capture more than just your smiling face. Consider what is in the background, above you, and to your sides. Clear the space of clutter and spiffy it up a bit. Turn off your phone, make sure the kids aren’t going to interrupt, put the dog outside to play, and make sure everyone in the house knows how important this interview is. If possible, it’s a good idea to get your spouse, roommate, friend, etc. to stand guard and prevent embarrassing interruptions.
This ties in with the first tip, testing your setup. You’ve tested and retested, and all systems are go. The last precautionary step is to login to the call several minutes early. This allows you time to troubleshoot if any issues arise. It also lets you be more relaxed by focusing on the interview rather than scrambling to join the interview.
Overall you should treat a video interview like you would an in-person meeting. Be prepared. Be professional.
Danielle Foppe is a Recruitment Manager at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Danielle specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career contact us today.