In today’s world where remote positions and people willing to relocate are becoming commonplace, so are video interviews. An interview via Skype and other video conferencing mediums have become a way for organizations to connect with highly qualified candidates that may not be readily available for an in-person interview and for candidates feeling disheartened by the job search prospects in their immediate area.
With video interviews expanding prevalence in the workforce, they present a different set of challenges for the interviewer. Therefore, it is critical that you prepare beforehand to ensure you provide a memorable impression of yourself via video.
First, be sure to pick a location that is free of distractions. If you conduct your video interview in your home, ensure that children and pets will not make a surprise appearance in your interview. While many companies are family and pet-friendly, kids and pets may distract from your real value and give the impression that they will be a constant distraction.
Additionally, ensure the spot you choose to utilize for the video interview is free of other noises or interruptions that could impact the clarity of the conversation either for you or the interviewer. Be sure you are in a quiet place and close all other programs on your computer.
Dress to Impress
Despite the job conditions—remote or in-office—pick interview attire that fits the standards of most job interviews. Again, this is your chance to make a first impression, and it is essential you present yourself in a manner that communicates you are a professional who takes this opportunity seriously. Anything less than business attire will be sure to make you fall flat as a viable candidate for the position. After all, consider the fact that your interviewer will equate your dress and professionalism to how you will conduct yourself with clients or other stakeholders in the organization.
In addition to attire, it is essential to ensure your communication profile—namely your username and pictures—represent the same professional impression. Avoid anything cutesy or questionable.
Test It Out
Nothing is more stressful than technology that does not work when you need it to; therefore, do a pre-interview test of your internet connection, computer battery, and video platform confirming everything functions correctly.
Like a traditional job interview, your body language is a critical component of a video interview. However, consider the unique challenges that eye contact and body language pose in a video interview. Be sure to look into the camera rather than at the screen to make eye contact with your interviewer. Furthermore, be cognizant of your posture during a video interview. Sit up straight and avoid hunching over to view your computer screen. If possible, set up your computer at eye level.
Moreover, as you would in a traditional interview, practice your responses to questions you anticipate to be asked. Be clear and intentional in your answers and always be sure to communicate the unique value that drives your personal brand during your interview.