To think that 20 years ago every interview was set up as a F2F (face to face). That’s right you went into the office, dressed to the nines – suit, skirt/dress, shined shoes all freshly scrubbed. There weren’t any telephone interviews. Skype wasn’t even invented. And now we have video interviews.
In 2012 63% of 500 HR Managers surveyed conducted video interviews. That was up 14% from 2011. 13% expect their companies to increase their use of video interviewing over the next years. Office Team Survey.
Lights, Camera, Action. How do you prepare for a video interview?
Check your Equipment
You don’t want your battery to run out before your interview is over so make sure everything is running smoothly. Clean the lens on your camera, nothing worse than a fingerprint showing up in the middle of your face. Practice with a friend so you can find the appropriate volume for a normal speaking voice. You don’t want to have to yell and you don’t want to miss the question because you can’t hear the interviewer properly.
Where are you going to set up your Interview?
Find an area that is quiet from distractions. You don’t want to hear the dog barking as people walk down your street. Make sure the area is clean and clutter free. If you are doing it in your bedroom you don’t want the Sports Illustrated Bathing Suit calendar showing up in the picture. Empty or full beer bottles on your counter won’t set a very good example.
Dress like you were meeting in Person
Dressing professionally makes you feel more in control and self-confident. So put your dress or suit and tie on, make-up, hair, shave. All the things you would do if you were heading to the office to meet the interviewer. Try not to wear white as it can look very bright through a camera, also busy patterns can be distracting.
Have your camera set up at a level so you are looking up just a little bit. This will emphasize your face more than your body and will make you look a little slimmer. It also helps to stop the camera from looking up your nose if you do a bit of a stretch. REMEMBER – don’t look down or the interviewers will be looking at the top of your head. Look directly at the camera, maintain eye contact and smile.
Yes you can use cheat notes, perfect for writing down your interview questions, but remember that rustling paper can be picked up by the microphone and is very distracting. You also don’t want your eyes roving around the room or looking down, leaving the interviewer looking at the top of your head.
Truthfully it isn’t that much different than a F2F.
- Be prepared – practice those interview questions and research the company
- Sit up tall and don’t wiggle around too much.
- Relax and speak clearly
- Remember to thank everyone for their time
Don’t treat a video interview lightly. You have to have the qualifications and you have to be able to sell yourself. All you are doing is using a different venue. So Take 1 and wow them the first time.
Good luck job hunting
Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment. Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!