How to Get a Job with a Video Interview
Video interviews are becoming more common. In one recent year, 18 percent of job candidates indicated they had gone through a video interview in their attempts to get a job, double the percentage from the previous year.
Video interviews are becoming more common.
The increasing frequency of video interviews stems from several factors. The ubiquity of video software like Skype and Facetime has made it possible for almost anyone to video conference. For employers, it is a time- and cost-effective way to conduct interviews, especially for remote positions.
So what are the best ways to get a job with a video interview? Well, there are certain factors unique to video interviews and certain factors that are the same as with in-person interviews. Read on.
Factors Unique to Video Technology
1. Know your technology
Do not wait until ten minutes before the interview is scheduled to make sure your video software is working and that you are comfortable with it. Try it out several days beforehand. Practice with a friend or family member. You want everything ready to roll at least half an hour before showtime without a hitch.
Remember, even if the job for which you are interviewing has nothing to do with video conferencing, a failure to operate the video program properly will not make you look like calm and collected professional.
If you are going to a company headquarters to use their equipment, get there early and ask if you can take it for a pre-interview spin.
Make sure the background will look neat and professional to an interviewer.
2. Make sure the background looks neat
Look at the background on the screen. Is it children’s toys or messy files? That can influence interviewer’s perception of you negatively. Make sure the background is neat and neutral.
3. Check the lighting
It is not vanity to check out the lighting. If there is a bright light right behind you, for example, it can put your face in shadow. You do not want to look like an outtake of America’s Most Wanted to the interviewer.
4. Choose a quiet place with no distractions
Set up your computer in a quiet place with no distractions. You do not want a doorbell ringing or a dog barking to make you forget the examples that show your qualifications in the best light.
Factors the Same as with In-Person Interviews
1. Wear the clothes you would wear to an in-person interview
You want to wear the same clothes you would wear to an in-person interview. Generally, that means a suit. Do not just wear a suit jacket, either, if you are at home. If you have to stand up for any reason, the interviewer does not want to see that you are wearing jeans with your suit jacket.
2. Prepare your responses
Video interviews cover the same sort of ground as in-person ones do. Prepare answers to frequently asked interview questions, such as “Why do you want this job?” and “Tell me about your last job.” It is a good idea to have challenge-action-result, or CAR, stories. Were you asked to come up with an Instagram campaign as a challenge? Tell them about what actions you took and the result.
3. Prepare some questions
Many interviews end with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. It is always a good idea to have questions about the company or the position. Research the company enough to ask an intelligent question about its products or recent news.
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