Preparing for a Video Job Interview
Job interviews can be unsettling enough in person, but if your potential employer has requested a video interview, that introduces a whole new set of concerns.
How can you adequately prepare for a video interview? Here are our best tips.
Test your tech.
A video interview is totally reliant on technology performance. If your computer or Internet connection is unreliable, the video interview will be frustrating for everyone involved. Before the interview, test your Internet connection, and check to make sure your computer’s camera and microphone are working properly. Also make sure you’ve downloaded or updated any software you need (Skype, Zoom, etc.). Do a test run with a friend or family member to make sure everything is running smoothly. And remember: everyone will be able to see your username on whatever program you’re using, so make sure it’s nothing too embarrassing or unprofessional.
Set the stage.
You aren’t going to be the only thing that’s visible during your video interview; the setting behind you will be in view as well. Choose a spot for your interview that is clean, uncluttered, and free of distractions. You’ll also want to make sure it’s well lit, with the light (natural light, preferably) in front of you instead of behind you.
Dress the part.
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can do the interview in your pajamas. Dress as you would for an in-person interview—professionally and according to the company’s standards. And, for the sake of everyone involved, just wear pants—even if you don’t think they’ll be seen.
Act like you’re there in person.
Eye contact is key in an in-person interview, and it’s just as important during a video interview. Your interviewer will still be able to pick up on your body language and nonverbal cues, so don’t slack off. Hold yourself confidently, stay focused on the interview, be polite, and smile.
You should never walk into an interview blind—whether in-person or through video. You should prepare ahead of time with answers to common questions like:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Tell us about a time when you overcame a challenge or setback.
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- What are your professional goals?
Things can easily get lost in translation when you’re communicating through video. Make sure to speak extra clearly so that your interviewer can hear and understand what you’re saying.
Related: How to Impress During a Second or Third Interview
Interviewing is rarely easy or enjoyable, but by following these basic tips for a video interview, you can at least be prepared to impress your next potential employer. Good luck!
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