There are four “standard” techniques for interviewing nowadays, in-person, phone, video chat, & recorded. The Director level positions that I used to interview applicants for, were all done via a Google Hangout. After several years of using video for live interviewing, I would like to share tips on how to give yourself the best chance of success on this platform.
How to PREPARE? (for applicant)
- TESTING 1, 2, 3! Before the day-of your video interview be sure to test your internet connection, devise, sound, lighting, and the software that you’ll be using for the interview. Ask a friend to practice with you so you aren’t caught in that stressful moment of getting your “mic” to work while the interviewers wait on the other end.
- ZEN SPACE: Be sure the space you’re interviewing in is free of distractions. Your phone on silent, note on the door so others know not to interrupt/walk in. TV off, and ideally clean so you are not distracted by the things around you. Also, remember, what is in the eye’s view of the interviewer is a reflection of how they are getting to know you! This may be their first time speaking with you, what do you want them to know about you at this point?
- TABS… You’ll want to make sure your computer is clear of distractions as well. I suggest closing tabs on your web browser, unless you want to keep up the Job Description (for reference) and any pages from their website you want to gain more clarity on. Having your calendar open or near by won’t hurt either, but stop there. You don’t want to get lost switching tabs because you have too many open.
- PEN & PAPER! Write/print out any questions you have so they don’t hear you typing notes during your interview. You’ll want to jot down any questions you have prior to the interview, as well as any that come up throughout the interview and save them until they give you a chance to ask. Additionally, I’ve found those who take notes during complicated questions tend to have a better chance of remembering the important details!
- DRESS FOR SUCCESS. You’ve heard it plenty of times, but it still applies to your video interview… except you can probably get away with slippers 😉
The person interviewing you is using video because it helps to see body language, and preparedness. So take the time to get ready prior to your interview!
Please feel free to share any additional tips you’ve learned for VIDEO INTERVIEWS in the comments below.