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Preparing for a Video Interview

During the pandemic, video interviews grew in popularity since many people were stuck at home. Today, employers use them to speak with candidates in a different location than them or to more readily move through the recruitment phase as they can easily filter through more applicants. They also use them because they save a company money and allow recruiters to rewind and hear an answer a candidate gave. Here are some tips if you have a video interview coming up.

Go through the same steps you would if it was in person.

The actual interview aspect of the video process is essentially the same. So, make sure you prepare as you would for any other interview. You’ll want to do a deep dive into the company’s history, values, and mission. Also, practice answering common questions you may be asked during an interview. Regardless of the format of the interview, the company is looking for a candidate who is passionate about the job and can speak well.

Look the part.

Just like preparing, dress for a video interview as though you were attending in person. To be immersed mentally, dress the part from head to toe. Of course, what shows on camera matters, but getting fully dressed is also for your mental impact too. It puts you more in the mindset of showing up for the interview if you look professional, rather than wearing a tie on top and gym shorts on bottom. Take a quick video of how you appear to make sure what shows up on camera looks good.

Pay attention to all things tech.

One of the things that can go wrong with a video interview is all the aspects of technology. With plenty of time to spare before your interview, set up the platform you’ll be using for the conversation. Make sure your internet connection is working and do what you can to free up what’s processing on your computer so there is no lapse in your connection. Perhaps run a trial with a friend just before to make sure everything is working, including your camera and microphone. Also, pay attention to the background making sure it is clean and free of distractions. If you have any technical difficulties during the interview, handle them with grace because you interviewer will notice how you respond to this stress.

Seeing your interviewer on camera will help judge the nonverbal cues they send out, so pay attention to if they seem to want to move on to the next topic or if they nod their head a lot in agreement which might mean they want to hear more. Also, maintain eye contact with the camera and don’t look at yourself on screen. Eye contact is just as important as though you were in person. And relax. Have confidence that they have called you to continue a conversation with you.


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