5 Top Tips for a Successful Video Job Interview

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Many companies nowadays find technology to be extremely helpful in terms of job interviews, which is why they often conduct first round interviews this way. Video job interviews save on transportation costs, are less time consuming and can be scheduled much easier than in-person interviews.

At this point, the majority of companies will ask you for a video interview, which makes it very likely that at some point, you will have this on your agenda. However, you must never be intimidated by it – there are many things you can learn to get the best out of your video job interview.

So, what can you do to make sure that you are ready to interview from a remote location?

1.     Plan ahead

If an employer asks for an online interview, make sure that you plan in advance. Send out important materials that the recruiter must review in advance, such as your resume and certifications. If you are using an office for this purpose, get there in time to prepare everything. And most importantly, make sure that you are well informed about all the equipment you will use during the interview, especially if you are bad with technology.

2.     Testing 1, 2, 3…

Testing your audio and video before the interview is very important, the last thing you want is to have a lot of technical difficulties during the interview. Even if it worked the last time you used it, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do a last minute audio check. Tech issues during an important interview could be a little bit embarrassing (and may not be the best way to leave the lasting impression you’re hoping for).

After checking all of your equipment, also make sure your Wi-Fi connection is in tune. Try it out for a couple of minutes to make sure you don’t come across any unplanned interruptions during your interview.

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3.     Pick your wardrobe wisely

Video interviews are equally as important as any in-person interview. Thinking that you can dress down because you are at home isn’t ideal. It fails to show that you’re interested in the role or prepared to take the organisation seriously – so take a moment to think about your wardrobe.

What you wear for your video interview must fit the position you are applying for and the culture of the organisation. If you are applying for a senior management position, dress the part and wear something that’s a reflection of the role. If you are applying for a job or even for an organisation that is more relaxed and casual, pick your clothes that are smart casual. Remember, while the way you look isn’t everything, it does have an impact on first impressions.

4.     Choose a distraction-free background

The background for your interview must be clear, bright and free of any distractions. Many people make the mistake of having their interviews in a place that’s easily accessible or quite distracting. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen Professor Robert Kelly being beautifully interrupted by his children during a BBC interview (and as funny as it is, you don’t want to be in that position during an interview).

To avoid a barrage of interruptions during your interview, try to set yourself up in a place where no one can just walk in and pick a quiet room so that you can be heard easily.

In a video interview, you should always steer clear from walls that are full of colour, pictures or clutter on the desks behind you. The focus must always be on your face and these things can easily draw the attention away.

5.     The interviewing

It’s likely that your video interview will be same as a traditional interview. The objective of both your interviewer and yourself is to get to know each other better and decide whether you would be the right fit for the role. So make sure that you’re equally as  prepared as you would be for an in-person interview.

While at the interview, you must always make sure that the interviewer can see your face clearly. Use bright rooms and make sure that you make eye contact in the process.

Technology has proven to be very helpful in the hiring process and many companies nowadays decide to use it for connecting with potential employees. So use these skills to learn how to leave the best possible impression in a video job interview.

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Joan Selby

Joan Selby is a career coach and a blogger; a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and a fancy-shoe lover; a writer by day and reader by night, giving a creative touch to everything. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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