As everyone becomes more familiar with technology, interviewers and job seekers become more comfortable with virtual interviews. It was only recently that we became familiar with phone interviews. Now we can expect to be asked if we are available to meet with recruiters online. Meetings can be via Skype, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, or on an employer’s website where you will record responses to an online quiz. If you have never had a video interview, you should read these suggestions to help you to prepare for your meeting.
Check Your Technology
- If you do not have a web cam on your personal computer or laptop, or a device with a camera, you have two choices. You can tell the recruiter that you prefer a phone or an in-person conference, or you can borrow a friend’s laptop or phone.
- Don’t assume that your microphone, headset and camera work. You should test them in advance with a friend or family member. Additionally, you do not want poor video due to a slow internet speed. If you do not have a great connection, you might need to conduct your interview on someone else’s connection. A hard wired Ethernet connection is preferable to a Wi-Fi that can lose connection.
- By the way, if you can use headphones or headphones with a built in microphone, your sound quality will be greatly improved.
- Find out what platform you will be using and download the appropriate application ahead of time.
- Make sure your device is fully charged or plugged in!
- Besides the quality of your technology, consider the space where you will interview.
- Remove any clutter and unsightly background items. Make sure that there is sufficient lighting.
- Check that the angle of your camera captures a good angle of your face.
- Be sure that you will not have any noise or interference from family.
- Make sure that you dress for an interview. Wear professional clothes from top to bottom. Don’t wear jeans or other casual pants just because you are sitting down. If you need to reach for something, or get up, the interviewer will see your whole outfit.
Research the company before your interview. See what they consider to be the most important traits in an employee. Find out their values and mission statement. Review the job description. Try to find online videos or forums where other people speak about their experience interviewing with the company to which you are applying. Have your resume ready. Keep a pad and pen nearby to jot down any information.
Throughout Your Video Interview
Even though you are not seeing the interviewer in person, try to maintain eye contact with the camera. Sit up straight and keep fidgeting to a minimum. Avoid saying things like “um”. Talking to a camera can be uncomfortable. If you can practice recording videos of yourself ahead of time, on the application that you will be using, you will see how you come across.
After Your Video Interview
If you interviewed with a person online, rather than with an interview software program, be sure to send a thank you note by email within the next couple of days. People are often impressed by job seekers who go the extra mile. If you don’t think you did well on your interview, do not become discouraged; you will get better every time you do this.