Acing Video Interviews
More and more commonly, companies are turning to technology during the interview process. Easy to use, quick, and vastly more cost effective, video interviews are definitely here to stay. They are so popular, that you can be sure as you’ll be asked for a video interview as you conduct your job search. Here’s a quick rundown of major do’s and don’t’s for your video interview.
What Not to Do in Video Interviews
Even though the video interview process can feel a little less formal, it’s still very important to be professional. Here are major mistakes to avoid when you have a video interview.
Video Interview Don’ts
- Half-Dressed- Even though this is a video interview and your interviewer may never see your entire body, dress completely. Don’t sit in your boxers, p.j.’s, or comfy sweat pants. During the interview, you may be asked to stand or you might shift or move slightly and suddenly your boxers or pajamas will be in view of the entire H.R. department. How you are dressed also affects your attitude and demeanor. Dressing fully in sharp clothing creates a better sense of purpose and confidence that will translate on screen.
- Background Noise- Any sort of background noise can interrupt the interview process and your train of thought. Go someplace quiet and private. Turn off any other disturbances like TVs, dishwashers, laundry, or anything that makes extra noise. If your home is noisy or close to things that suddenly interrupt your day, go to a study room in the local library or schedule a quiet time of day for the interview.
- Slang and Jargon- Even if you are interviewing for a casual place or in a technical field, don’t overuse slang or jargon. Talk in a confident manner using proper Grammar. Rely on technical terms only when needed. Adding too much of either jargon or slang will make you appear to have weak communication skills, which are always high on the list of required skills for any job.
- Unprepared- Being unprepared really shows when you’re in a video interview. From faulty equipment to poor lighting to background clutter. Every single part of your video space needs to be completely prepared. Make sure you have proper software for the video interview and that you are very familiar with how to use it. Practice beforehand to understand how loud you will be, where to look during the interview, and what is in the picture with you. The last thing you want to do is realize you are shouting or have a picture of you as a kid, dressed up as Santa in the background. Being prepared makes you seem professional and ready to hire.
- Bad Timing, Poor Speaking- A video interview will highlight your conversation skills above almost everything else. If you are uncomfortable speaking with people, practice. Have friends ask you questions and pay attention to how quickly or slowly you are speaking. Also, pay attention to how much you are talking. Avoid rambling. Make sure answers are polite, personable, and precise. If you find yourself rambling, quickly get back on topic and end the answer.
Video Interview Do’s
- Dress Appropriately- Besides getting fully dressed, you’ll want to make sure that your clothes won’t detract from your interview. What looks good in real life often doesn’t translate well to video. Since you will be on video, avoid a lot of jewelry, busy prints or odd colors that won’t translate well on video. Some prints and patterns can even appear to move on screen, so stick to simple, classic, polished looks.
- Connect with the Interviewers- If you are going to be interviewed by multiple people, be sure to remember their names. Since you cannot indicate who you are speaking to by simple eye contact, you’ll need to address them personally. This will also show interviewers that you are listening and engaged in the process.
- Monitor Your Interview- Many video software programs allow for you to see yourself during any videos. Make sure you can monitor your behavior and appearance. Carefully and casually check on how you appear to the interviewers. However, be sure not to constantly look at yourself.
- Be Comfortable with the Technology- As we’ve stated before, you have to be well acquainted with the software you are using. Know how everything works and practice with it often. Watch the connection. If it is slow, try to allow for time for your answers and their questions to come across.
- Do your Research- Just like in face to face interviews, a video interview will require your full attention and knowledge. Make sure you have properly researched the company and the position you for which you are being interviewed. Your knowledge and preparation will let employers know you are serious about the position and their company.
Relax with Confidence
Once you have practiced, prepared, and prepped for the video interview, you will be able to ace it. If you have any other questions or are just wondering how to get ahead in this competitive job market, check out our podcasts. We provide in-depth information and tips from the front line of the war on talent.