You’ve probably not heard about this concept, but video interviews do exist and it’s becoming increasingly rampant. The universe is changing rapidly, unveiling newer ideas and technology is of course one of the leading trends in the curve.
Most companies now conduct interviews online through platforms like Google Hangout and Skype. With such a development as this, candidates do not need to go through the stress of transporting themselves to the company’s office.
One of the most interesting benefits of video interviews on the side of the company is the ability to record the whole process and review it whenever they feel like rather than relying on notes. They also use this format to filter out some candidates as it actually saves time and energy for them.
On the part of the interviewee, some benefits you can enjoy are, attending to the interview process from the comfort of your residence; more mental stability and less nervousness, enough time to prepare, and escaping expenses like transport fare.
Amidst all these benefits, however, there are hitches you need to consider: one of the greatest of them is the issue of connectivity. Some people also are not comfortable with cameras and this tends to put them in a rather disadvantaged position.
These hitches is what I’ll be dealing with in this article, giving you the best tips and chances you need to surmount and finally, get you to the next phase: sitting right in front of your potential new boss, discussing the final matters.
Below are the tips you need for your upcoming video interview.
Make A Research On The Setup
Do you know if your interviewer will be going Live or Pre-recorded? Try to check on that in advance and start getting ready because both experiences are not similar in any way.
This is more like the physical and regular interview. From the comfort of your home, you’ll be reacting to the panel of interviewers or interviewer through a live video connection with the help of platforms like Google Hangouts and Skype.
In a situation like this, you have to handle the matter as you would in a real, physical interview because the only difference about this setup is location. By that I mean you have to build rapport to its optimum, making good eye contact, maintain positive body language, and other whatnot.
This is a less severe and flexible approach as you won’t be facing anyone in person. Rather, you’ll be given a set of pre-recorded or written questions to provide answers to with a stipulated deadline.
This is highly beneficial to companies with so many candidates, with regards to the fact that this particular setup tends to give them the opportunity to look at the performances at any time of their choice.
Another benefit for you in this setup is that you have a more flexible time to provide answers to the questions with respect to a workable deadline.
Make A Good Choice Of Location
This is a highly crucial tip to deal with. Be sure to choose a befitting location for the interview. If you are going live from your room, make sure you use a simple, clean background, rather than showing up in a stylish background which might divide the attention of the interviewer.
Another factor to watch out for is the lighting. Do not stay in a room with poor lighting so you do not put the interviewer through the stress of spotting your face.
Always create provision for natural light through the window which is the best. Alternatively. You can use a lamp in front of the camera and adjust it until you get a better result.
Avoid the distractions that could be possibly caused by other tabs or software opened on your PC by shutting them down completely. If you live with someone or family members, let them know how focused you need to be at that moment so they don’t disturb you for any reason.
Appropriate Body Language
Do not take the interview from your bed, never try such! Sit in a proper seat with a good backrest. Your computer placed on a balanced table or desk with your posture, directly facing the camera in order for your interviewer to get a better view of you.
It’s best to never act like a deadbeat, moving your hands or body too much or even touching your face. What you should do instead is make proper eye contact with the employer and activate positive body language that portrays confidence.
To help with eye contact, focus your eyes on the camera rather than on the screen. Take your time to make some cool facial expressions like smiling, though in a subtle manner rather than like a jackass.
Strive to always imagine yourself talking to someone real in terms of the pre-recorded interview. Maintain your facial expressions and moods as you would do in a face to face interview. Though it might be hard since you are dealing with just yourself, but you have to try.
There is every tendency you are likely to rush your answers and speak bluntly if you are nervous. Always try to calm your nerve so as to enable you to speak clearly because your interviewer needs to get the best quality of your answers.
Correct Dress Code
You might be in a video interview but that doesn’t warrant you to dress so casually. You’ve got to dress as good as you would in a face to face interview; highly formal. Remember, your dress code still serves as a first impression even in video interviews, do well to take it seriously.
Some colors of clothes can be a bit conflicting in-camera especially because of the lighting. Avoid such colors and deal with clothes colors that won’t distort or stress the vision of your interviewer.
In the course of the interview, do not put on a hood or any cap of any kind. Avoid the use of headphones and headsets. If you must make use of any device, it should be an earpiece, a wireless earpiece preferably.
This is by far one of the most important steps to take. Two to three days before the interview, you have to check the performance of your system. Test for the software you’ll be using, the clarity of the camera, the soundness of the speaker, and lastly, the connective strength of your internet connection.
In the course of the video interview process, ensure the full powering of your system; it should be fully charged or plugged in already to avoid the issue of low power. More to note, power up the system and set things up at least 30 minutes before the interview starts.
Remember this is a technical format, you have to set up your devices in due time (30 minutes before the interview starts) so as for the system to balance its performance beforehand. The worst thing you can do here is setting up your system at the moment of the interview; you are likely to encounter problems with your system.
During the course of the interview, if by chance you happen to come across some faulty experience (in a live video interview) like poor hearing, always bring it to the attention of the interviewer. It can be fixed or the interview will be rescheduled for a later time.
It is also a nice shot to always check beforehand if it is within your discretion to stop, pause or restart the process when faced with technical hitches.
Conclusively, these are the ultimate tips you need for a successful video interview. None is dispensable; they are more like a set that fits with one another to make the perfect whole. That is to say, the moment you fall short of one, the whole of it crumbles like a house of cards, leaving you with failure.