Many people find the idea of a video interview intimidating and feel quite uncomfortable and unprepared. Increasing number of company HR use video interviews as part of the screening process. There is really not much option for you, as candidates, but to learn to adapt to this method of interviewing.
Making the right first impression on a video interview is as important as in a face-to-face meeting. Below are some key points you can take note of in preparing for your video interview.
Dress Smartly – You would need to look presentable with reasonable grooming and business casual dress, like you would be to a personal meeting. After all, the interviewer can still see you!
Be in the Right Environment – Make sure that you take your video interview in a well-lit space. Dim lighting or overly bright lighting could alter your skin, changing the colour to a greenish or pale white colour. Noise is also a factor – best in a quiet room, with little to no background noise.
Ensure You Have the Right Software – It is best to avoid a panicky scenario so make sure that you have the software downloaded, sign up if prompted and test the software. Your interview will be more relaxed and far less stressful if you know how to manage the platform you’ll be using.
Once you eliminate technological stresses, you can better focus on the content of the conversation, rather than apologising profusely to the interviewer every time your computer plays up.
Be Prepared for Glitches – There can be occasions where if things could go wrong, they would! Technology crashes and glitches can happen at the worst possible times. Do not panic and just wait for the Internet to catch up with the video and move on with the questions. If you miss something the interviewer said because of a glitch or lag time, politely ask if they could repeat themselves.
So, keep your eyes on the camera, have your smile on and be yourself as much as you can. It is just an interview — like any other.
At Red Fire Consulting, we would be happy to provide you with guidance and practice for your upcoming telephone, personal and video interviews at zero cost. So get in touch with us and ace that interview!