Previously used mainly for high-volume recruiting and long-distant candidates, video interviews are being utilized more frequently in an increasingly hybrid work environment. If you’re awaiting an interview request, it’s a good idea to prepare to put your best face forward for a virtual interview. These tips for a successful video interview will help you get started.
1. Know your tech
While technical skills may not be included in your job role, some measure of technical knowledge is useful to you and expected by employers. If you aren’t familiar with common video technologies such as Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams, look them up and learn how to use them and get comfortable with them.
2. Prep your tech
To avoid running into technical issues during the interview, test the video technology you’ll be using for the interview. Are the camera and microphone working fine? Is your internet connection strong where you’ll be taking the call? Make a backup plan on the off-chance that your Wi-Fi lets you down on the day of your interview.
3. Designate an appropriate space
Choose a quiet place and neutral background/blank wall for your interview. Seat yourself in front of a window or a light source so that your image appears clearly on the computer screen. Avoid sitting under overhead lights as they will cast shadows over your face. Also avoid sitting too close to a light source for it will wash out your face. Avoid the potential for disruptions during the session such as extraneous noises, pets, etc.
4. Prepare as you would for an in-person interview
Dress in professional attire appropriate for the organization and role. Adjust your computer screen to get a good shot of your head and upper body. Be mindful of your body language – sitting upright, making eye contact (look at the camera), smiling, and speaking at a conversational pace make a good impression. You have the advantage of checking your tone and pitch on your computer microphone, so make the most of it! Check out Must Do’s for a Successful Job Interview.
5. Understand what the organization does
Interviewers will want to know whether you’re genuinely interested in working for their company. Understanding what the organization does will help you answer questions such as ‘what do you know about our company?’ and ‘why do you want to be a part of our organization?’.
6. Relate your skills and experience to the role
Review the job posting or description and think about how your skills relate to the position. To check whether your skills are suited to the requirements of the job role, interviewers may ask you why they should consider you or even why you applied to the particular job. They may ask you to describe a work experience that demonstrates your ability to handle a situation or achieve a result expected in the job you’re interviewing for. Preparing notes on how your skills will help you perform effectively in your role will work in your favor.
7. Pause briefly after answering or asking a question
The interviewer will give you a chance to think through your answer. Allow yourself a brief pause before answering their question rather than jumping in right away. Also give them a few moments to answer any question you have. Be careful not to talk over or interrupt the interviewer. Once you’ve established a rapport, be mindful not to get chatty or you’ll risk sounding unprofessional.
8. Be on time
Log in 10 minutes before your video interview to check your video and audio. You can also use the time to calm your interview nerves and give yourself a pep talk before your interviewer shows up.
A video interview can last as short as 15 minutes and as long as 90 minutes. Eat and hydrate well to stay energized and avoid a growling stomach and/or dry throat during the video call.
All the best for a Successful Video Interview!