Sometimes, if you are going to be moving to a new job across the country, or by the client’s request, you might be asked to do a video chat interview. These types of interviews are becoming more and more common because of accessibility, but require a little more preparing and planning than a phone interview.
Here are some things to keep in mind for a video interview:
Dress Yourself and Your Surroundings
Not only are you going to need to look professional (from head to toe, you never know if you have to stand up for some reason), but also where you are needs to look professional. You don’t want to be in your bathroom with unnatural things in the background that could distract the interviewee. Pick a spot that looks clean and is lit well so that you come across clear, as if they were right in front of you.
Practice the Day Before
Make sure that your Internet connection is reliable where you want to be seated and if using a previously used account on Skype, make sure your name displayed is professional and not “BadChick04.” Ask a friend or spouse to do a test with another computer to see what it looks like from the viewer’s perspective.
Test the Day Of
A half hour or so before your interview test the connection again and make sure that everything will run smoothly. Be aware of the correct time zone the interviewee is calling in from so that you are on time and by on time we mean early.
Smile and Sit Up Straight
Your smile is going to make your personality come across much clearer.
Sitting up straight and not leaning too close to the camera is going to look professional and put together. Another trick is when you’re answering a question, look into the camera and not at the computer screen so that you can connect with the interviewee. Allowing the camera to see your hands looks more personable and less awkward and is a good judgment of how close you should be to the camera.
If you have any other questions about the video interview, be sure to let us know!
Did we miss anything? Comment below with some tips and tricks you’ve learned from video interviewing.