Even before COVID-19 made them a necessity, video job interviews were becoming an increasingly common part of the hiring process. These interviews can take on various forms, so if you have one scheduled, familiarize yourself with them and be prepared.
Here are some general video interview tips to get you started:
- Choose a quiet, well-lit room, free from possible interruptions
- Make sure your internet connection is established
- Check that your computer‘s audio is working
- Test your webcam
- Close all other browser tabs and applications
- Dress professionally in subdued colors
- Keep a pen, notepad, and resume by your side
- Show the interviewer you‘re engaged by nodding and smiling
- Use hand gestures whenever it‘s appropriate
- Silence your phone
Here are some specific instructions depending on the location of the interview:
In-office Video Interviews
Some video interviews can take place at the employer‘s office when you‘re interviewing with someone who is at another location. In this case, you‘ll follow all the best practices for an in-person interview: do your research to prepare, dress appropriately, arrive early, and be respectful of everyone you meet in the company.
When you arrive for the interview, you‘ll usually be shown to a room that has the equipment for the video interview. The person who brought you to the room will likely help get started and make sure everything is working correctly. It‘s a good idea to ask them where they will be in case you run into a problem.
Remote Video Interviews
Most video interviews take place away from the employer‘s office, in which case it will be up to you to find a quiet place with a reliable internet connection and a computer with a webcam. Here is a list of what you‘ll need:
- A laptop or desktop computer with a webcam
- An internet connection (bandwidth speed of at least one megabit per second)
- A room where you won‘t be interrupted by other people, pets, or noises. Make sure you have a neutral background to eliminate visual distractions. Stay away from community areas that have wi-fi.
If you don‘t have these items, ask a friend to borrow the equipment or check at your local library. If that doesn‘t work, you can probably rent the equipment.
Live or pre-recorded video interview?
Almost all interviews will be live. You might join a video conference from a link that the employer shares with you, or you might receive a call via Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts. Once you are connected, you can see and speak with an interviewer on the other end.
Occasionally, employers choose to use pre-recorded video interviews. With this format, instead of being connected to a person in real-time, you‘ll be prompted to answer interview questions that have been pre-recorded or written out for you. You‘ll record your answer to each question, and the employer will review them later.
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