Tips to Rock the Video Interview

With the use of widely available technology in today’s era, more organizations use skype and other video platforms to interview potential candidates. Video interviewing is preferred over a phone interview, as it saves money and time. It also gives them a platform to know more about you and how you will fit into their team.

Video interviewing takes little more preparation than a face-to- face interview. But it is very important to treat it with the same professionalism you would do for an in-person interview.

Here are some tips to rock your video interview

  • Be sure to download, install and test the application beforehand. Ensure positioning of the camera to frame your face, check the lighting of the area and test your microphone.
  • Look at the camera and not the computer screen, this way employer’s feel there is an eye contact.
  • Avoid slouching or fidgeting in the interview, good posture is important for making a positive impression. It is better to avoid movement when the interview is in progress.
  • Hold a mock interview before the video interview, it will give you a chance to become comfortable addressing the camera and will allow you to trial run the lighting, camera position and microphone.
  • Eliminate interruptions – Turn off notifications on the computer, silence your phone and ensure there is no one other than you in the room.
  • Dress professionally and make sure you choose a color that works for the video(Not too Bright)
  • A clean and simple background makes it professional and ensures it does not distract the interviewer
  • Try to avoid technical glitches. In case if something goes wrong, handle it with grace.
  • Keep your resume , note book and a pen handy during the interview process

The bottom line is treat the video interview as an in person interview .Give cues that you are actively listening, ask questions and send a thank you note post the interview.