In today’s job market, it is not uncommon for candidates to face a video interview. Video interviews cut travel costs and allow panel interviews to occur at one set scheduled time. These interviews should be treated in much the same way as a face-to-face interview, but there are a few things job seekers should know in order to ace a video interview.
Test the Scene and the Equipment
Do a test run on a program like Skype or Google Hangouts with a friend you trust. Make sure the scene looks professional and your audio is coming across clearly. Do not be afraid to wear a wireless headset if that will improve the audio. If your interviewers cannot hear you, you probably won’t get the job.
Check for shadows, background noise and glare from windows. Make sure that at the time of the interview you are alone in your house and all windows and doors are kept closed. Don’t forget to make sure that your computer is fully charged, as well.
Dress for Success
Don’t fall into the trap of assuming you can get away with wearing a professional top and pajamas on the bottom. If you would unexpectedly need to stand up, your cover will be blown. Dress professionally from head to toe to not only prevent potential embarrassment, but to put yourself in the right frame of mind for the interview.
Make Eye Contact with the Camera
Anyone who has ever video chatted knows the temptation to watch yourself on the screen. Make sure that during a video interview your eye contact is with the camera – not yourself. Staring at your own face makes you appear unfocused, and can distract the interviewer.
Smile, Smile, Smile
A video interview can feel disconnected, especially if you are being grilled by a panel of managers. It’s easy to forget to smile in these situations, but you must be able to portray a warm and friendly personality at all times. Remember, managers are looking for enthusiastic team members, so if necessary, tape a note to your computer reminding you to smile.
Don’t Forget the Follow-Through
Remember, even though you are stationed in the comfort of your home, you are still on a job interview. Before the conversation closes, don’t forget to express your continued interest in the job and inquire about the next steps. As soon as the interview is over, get started writing personal thank-you notes to each person who was on the video conference. Lastly, don’t forget to follow up as you would with any in-person interview.
Video interviews can feel awkward, but they are becoming more and more popular. Take time to prepare so you can become accustomed to the process and treat each video interview as an opportunity to land your dream job, rather than an obstacle to overcome.
If you are a professional in the Philadelphia area looking for new opportunities to grow your career, the recruiters at Contemporary Staffing Solutions would love to talk to you. We work with some of the most innovative companies in Philly, New Jersey and Delaware that are looking for top talent. Contact us today to learn more about our recipe for your success.