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Video interviews are starting to become the norm in the hiring process. They’ve replaced the traditional and outdated phone screen, but with a few tweaks. You’ll be asked the same standard questions about why you want to work for the company, why you’re the best candidate, and a few questions to learn more about your character and work ethic. The difference is that you won’t be speaking directly with a person. Instead, you’ll be reading questions and recording your answers through a video system.
Treat it like a regular face to face interview.
You may be doing the interview from your living room, but don’t let yourself get too comfortable. Wear exactly what you would if the interview were in person. It’s tempting to wear a nice shirt paired with pajama pants, but doing that will negatively impact your performance. Putting on business clothing signals to your brain that it’s time for work, not relaxation. It’s a simple yet powerful mind trick that truly works.
Don’t rely on notes.
You can’t use notes in a face to face interview, so don’t use them in a video interview. There’s no way of using them discretely, no matter how hard you try. You’ll be seen glancing away on the video, which makes it very obvious to the hiring manager that you’re reading from something. The perception will be that you aren’t confident, aren’t prepared, or aren’t engaged – not the message you want to send. That will likely cause the hiring manager to stop watching your video and move onto the next candidate.
Know the rules.
Make sure to read the instructions carefully before you record your interview. You should be told how long you’ll have to answer each question and what the time limit is on each recording, as well as if there’s an option to re-record your answers. I highly recommend not utilizing the re-recording tool. Re-recording often causes you to come off as robotic, rehearsed, or forced. None of these are desirable qualities in a job interview, nor do they help you stand out in a crowded field of candidates.
Put your phone away.
Put your phone on silent and leave it in another room. You don’t want any distractions during the interview, and it’s all too easy to let a quick glance at a phone derail your train of thought. Better yet, turn off vibrate so your phone is completely silent. That will ensure a 100% distraction free environment.
Make sure your environment is quiet.
Nothing is more disruptive than a person shouting or the sound of a coffee machine in the background. Find a quiet spot where you can guarantee there won’t be any background noise for the interview. If you have roommates, let them know when you’ll be doing the interview so they can keep quiet. Also avoid chewing gum or eating a lozenge, as the sound of that will be picked up by the recording.
Get set up 10 minutes early.
Have everything you need for the interview ready to go 10 minutes before the interview starts. Put your phone away, turn on your computer, have your login info ready, then take a few minutes to relax. A quick mediation or guided breathing exercise will help you focus and ease your nerves.
Test all your tech beforehand.
Make sure that everything works before you log in and start the interview. Check that your camera is working and find a flattering angle with good lighting. Make sure that your background isn’t cluttered or showing anything that isn’t work appropriate. For the best audio, use headphones to ensure that your speech is captured clearly.
Prepare exactly the same way you would if you were doing a face to face interview. Do your homework, learn about the company, review the job description, and know what skills you want to highlight in the interview.
April 26, 2019 at 11:42AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs