Video interviews have now become one of convenient ways for employers to screen candidates for employment. It is a quick way of initially interviewing the best person for the job without having to set up appointments for personal meetings.
What is good about this kind of interview is that, all candidates answer the same set of questions, giving hiring managers the opportunity to replay, review, and rate the interviews online. This makes it easy for them to choose the right one among the candidates without having to remember who said what or review their notes.
However, this can also have a disadvantage on your part as a candidate. Aside from having to compete with a lot more video interviewees, you also don’t get to personally show your interest or your sincere enthusiasm by connecting on a personal level. This is why it’s very important for you to prepare beforehand to make sure that during your video call, you can convince the hiring manager that you are the best person for the job.
What you CAN do:
1. Check your technology and your environment
Since this video interview takes place in your own home or a quiet space, you will have the advantage of preparing the following in advance:
Choose a place that is free from anything that may distract your interviewer. For a more professional atmosphere, have a clean, bright wall or an organized bookshelf to create a feeling that you’re in your work space.
I recommend that you face a window with natural lighting. If there are no windows in the room, you can just have two lamps that are diagonally facing you so your interviewer can see you well and to make it appear that that they’re doing an in-person interview.
Audio and Internet Connection
Since this video interview is critical to the success of your job application, you need to make sure that no outside factors such as slow connectivity or technical problems will spoil it.
It is important to avoid annoying echoes that are sometimes produced by video calling as this can interfere with your ability to carry out a smooth conversation. Prevent this by plugging in a pair of headphones before your call. For better audio quality, place your microphone in front of you.
2. Excellent presentation delivery
You want to deliver excellent presentation and communicate with impact. Make your video interview as excellent as an in- person interview, although in an in-person interview, you can easily maintain eye contact, use body language, and talk at normal speed. This isn’t always the case with a video interview, but you can still do it well.
Here are some top tips to help you deliver an impressive interview:
Look at the camera, and let your interviewer see your body language
Place your camera at an eye level and make sure that you look at it (instead of your computer screen) when you’re speaking to maintain eye contact with your interviewer. This can make them feel that you are sincere with what you say. Then, make it a point to let your interviewer see at least half of your body, not just your head to create a feeling that you are really talking in person.
Then, I recommend that you should look professional; wear your business casual to business formal style based on the company you’re interviewing for.
Speak a bit slower
Since it will take longer for your interviewer to hear you during a video interview, it is best to speak a bit slower. Make sure to PAUSE and BREATHE in between sentences. This way, you’ll be able to convey your message clearly. However, you also have to make sure to speak with enthusiasm. This will show your interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the job you are applying for. It can also give them an insight on the kind of energy you have as well as on how you communicate.
3. Practice Ahead of Time
Record yourself multiple times to see how you look and sound.
Whatever is it that you’ll do, remember that nothing substitutes for good preparation. In the case of a video call interview, I always recommend doing a mock interview, so you’ll get you used to interviewing over the Internet. This is also a good way to test out your technology.
My Client Succeeded in Acing His Video Interview
I am so happy with one of my clients who got a job offer with one of the BEST tech companies to work for the SAME DAY after his final round interview! He is set to graduate from university in May 2017 but he has already received an incredible offer with awesome perks in sales!
We prepared for 3 interview coaching sessions for his video interviews with the recruiter (round 1), hiring manager (round 2), 4-person panel interview (round 3). We focused more on making him more concise with his answers and to present himself in a way that the interviewer will see him as the best person for the job.
Since he has minimal work experience, we worked on highlighting his passion and interests as well as values and leadership qualities. He got the job offer on the very SAME DAY after his final round interview. It was indeed an awesome experience as a coach.
Do you have other tips in mind that can help make video interviews more successful? Feel free to leave your comments here!