Video interviews are becoming easily as popular as phone interviews in the modern digital age. They are equally as challenging, however. If you haven’t figured out how to best present yourself as a candidate over video conferencing, it’s really not that difficult. In this new, two-part series we’re going to explore just how to show up over Skype or other video conferencing software just as you would for an in-person interview. First, and foremost, just as is the case with an in-person interview, you must do your homework prior to the interview. Here are 4 things you need to do to prepare for your video interview effectively.
1. Don’t Let Video Phase You
Getting comfortable chatting with folks over video is something that will immediately put you at ease for an interview using the same medium. If you feel confident using the software, you will also appear confident as a candidate. A video interview is like the perfect blend of an in-person and a phone interview. The bottom line is that you really need to know what you’re talking about in order to present yourself well. Of course, doing your homework means reviewing your resume and the job description ahead of time so you know exactly how your skills and experience translate to provide value for the new position.
2. Do a Trial Run
But beyond that, make sure you are ready to show up on video how you would in person. Check your internet connection and speed to make sure you won’t suffer from any technical glitches during your interview. Or, if you are sending in a recorded interview, make sure you are comfortable with the format and how it represents you as a candidate before sending it in. The best way to do this, either with live video or a recording, is to practice. Practice with other people. Practice in front of a mirror. Practice by recording yourself. Take notes. Learn from your mistakes. Recognize where you can do better. Improve on your mistakes.
3. Prepare Your Environment
Take your workspace into account when preparing for a video interview. How’s the lighting in the room you will be using? How is the noise level? What will your interviewer see over your shoulder that may or may not distract them from what you are saying? These things matter and making sure your environment serves you well in a video interview shows the care and attention to detail that interviewers are looking for when it comes to getting the right candidate in line.
4. Get Your Questions Ready
The important thing to remember when preparing for a video interview is to treat it the same as you would an in-person interview. Make sure you have questions prepared to ask so you can learn more about the opportunity when you have the attention of your future employer. But also, be ready to start a conversation that will help them better understand who you are and the value you bring to the company. Even though you’re not there in person, you can still be an active part of the conversation.
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