Video job interviews are becoming more common due to Covid-19. Here are a few video interview tips. I’ve taken some tips from recruiters, Robert Half, who is way ahead of the curve and added my own thoughts.
- Check your surroundings. Make sure the background is free from clutter and embarrassing items like laundry piles. Avoid background noise like passing cars or screaming kids.
- Get familiar with the webcam and microphone and understand how they work. The audio and video must come through clearly and the camera should be set at eye level. If you have a friend or family member who can assist doing a trial run, this will help prevent potential equipment issues. Charge your laptop or tablet the night before.
- When preparing for a video interview, wear business attire. To avoid contrast issues, stick to solid colours that aren’t too dark or too light and stay away from stripes.
- Your video camera will have a recording function. Prior to the interview, rehearse your video interview questions and answers direct to camera, for example, ‘Why do you want the job?’ ‘What experience and skills do you bring?’ It will give you some great insights to how you are delivering your answers and make you feel more confident in the interview.
- Keep it professional. Be sure that if you are using Skype or another video platform your user name is professional.
- Maintain eye contact. Look directly into the camera. Speak directly into the microphone so the interviewer can hear you clearly.
- Let the interviewer finish before giving your answers. Digital video streaming can be delayed so take a couple of seconds before responding.
- Keep your resume close. Just be sure not to look away from the camera too much. Having notes can be a good tool to refer to between the video interview questions.
- Remember to smile and come across as warm and personable.