How to Ace Your Video Job Interview
May 5, 2020
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Video interviews can be viewed as somewhat of a hassle when compared to traditional face-to-face interviews. Many people enjoy experiencing the ‘whole’ picture, from head to toe, of the person who will be interviewing them. It is easier to read body language, interpret tone, and gauge the atmosphere of the company when you are physically present. Meeting a potential employer through the lens of your computer screen may feel robotic, unusual, and a little awkward.

However, video job interviewing is a tool that many may now have to become accustomed to. It is also an excellent method for people around the world to connect with a potential employer, without having to travel. As a result, video interviewing is becoming much more popular among hiring managers. But don’t sweat it; there are still plenty of ways to showcase your talents through a video interview. To be prepared, we urge you to take advantage of the tips we have listed below in order to ace your job interview from miles away.

1. Prepare your surroundings

An advantage of video job interviewing is that you are allowed to stay in the comfort of your own home, or wherever you choose to interview from. Be sure to pick an area that is clean and quiet. An ideal environment would be a blank or neutral background with a well-organized desktop and a locked door that will prevent outsiders from interrupting. When you are preparing for your interview, be sure to let others know when you will be unavailable so that they are cognizant of your ‘silent while interviewing’ requirement.

Once you’ve decided on a location, open your computer screen and test the area. Is it quiet? Are you in an area where family members, friends, or strangers can disturb you? Is there anything behind you that can distract the interviewer? Is the lighting efficient? Will the interviewer be able to see you clearly? These are all questions you need to be asking yourself BEFORE you start your interview.

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2. Check your tech

Please don’t be the person who experiences technical difficulties during your video interview because you failed to check your tech before you called in. If you already thought virtual interviews were awkward, this will only make it worse. Familiarize yourself with your webcam and microphone so that you know they are working effectively BEFORE your interview.

Make sure that your interviewer will be able to see and hear you clearly. You do not want to waste time repeating yourself because your interviewer is unable to hear the answers to his or her questions. Lastly, make sure your webcam is at eye level so that you are able to look directly at the interviewer and he or she is able to look directly at you. Spend more time looking at the interviewer than your own video in the small box in the corner.

3. Be present

Repeat after me: “A situation is only awkward if I make it awkward.” A video interview is no different than one done in person, except for the fact that, well, it’s not done in person. Everything that you would normally do during a traditional face-to-face interview is what you should do during a virtual one, so don’t be a robot. About 55% of communication is body language, so it is imperative to express that you are engaged and alert by doing the following three things:

  • At the start of your interview, willingly greet your interviewer with a smile and thank them for taking the time to speak with you.
  • During your interview, maintain an appropriate level of enthusiasm and remember to be an active listener.
  • At the end of your interview, ask questions to reassure your interviewer that you’ve been paying attention and are interested in learning more about the company.

The bottom line is to remember that you’re having a conversation with someone you’re truly interested in getting to know. After all, they have the power to hire you.

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4. Dress to impress

We know the rumors that video interviews are great because you only have to wear professional attire on top. But please, whatever you do, wear pants. Like I said before, everything you would normally do during a traditional face-to-face interview is what you should do during a virtual one.

I have a friend that interviewed for an internship via Skype, and they thought it was okay to not wear any pants. However, the interviewer kindly requested that they adjust the lighting in the room. This required them to stand up and unfortunately, they had to tell the interviewer that they weren’t wearing any pants. Needless to say, they didn’t get an offer.

Besides remembering to wear pants, dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying for. Being in a professional outfit, just as you would for an interview in person, will help keep you in a mindset that this interview should be taken seriously. If you need tips on proper professional clothing, check out the best interview attire for every type of job here.

Any interview, in-person or otherwise, is important and requires your effort and attention. Instead of being discouraged or nervous about video interviews, keep in mind the benefits such as being in your own space that you feel comfortable in and all of the tips we’ve outlined for you here. You’ll be acing those video job interviews in no time.

Good luck!

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