With the use of video technology on the rise, more and more interviews are being conducted ‘live’ over a computer screen versus ‘live’ in person. This means that candidates often need to brush up on tips for successfully coming across in this type of interview. Most interviews are conducted over Skype which is a free software application and requires only a webcam. Below are some tips for a successful video interview.
1. Arrive to the conference room or Skype location about 5-10 minutes early and be sure you are prepared for the call. Have you researched the company? Have you thought about answers to potential interview questions? Are you familiar with the conference medium and can you troubleshoot any mishaps? Expect some technical issues – have patience when technical issues arise.
2. Be yourself! Imagine that the other participants are sitting in the same room with you. Speak naturally and clearly, but remember to pause occasionally so that others may make comments.
3. Be energetic, enthusiastic and responsive. Remember that this type of interview should be handled just as an onsite interview:
- Allow good give and take during the call. Try not to dominate the conversation.
- Ask appropriate questions – this shows interest on your part and shows you’ve done your research.
- Do not let your guard down. Speak to everyone as if they were the President of the company.
- Being too casual regardless of level is a common mistake.
4. In terms of attire/clothing, avoid busy or boldly patterned clothing, especially red or black. Avoid jewelry that may brush against things, or be distracting. Solid, muted colors are recommended. Choose the same attire you would for a formal in person interview (i.e. a full suit).
5. Make sure the room in which you are sitting is tidy and neat. You don’t want the interviewer to be distracted by disorder.
6. Try a test call before the actual interview. Call a friend or family member to assure that you can be heard and that you appear presentable and professional. Also, check the lighting so that you can properly be seen.
7. Keep in mind that any prospective employer is looking for specific traits in a candidate so exhibit them rather than take for granted that they are evident on the resume, or will naturally arise during the interview.
- Energy, Ambition, and Work Ethic – Employers look for candidates who possess all of these traits.
- Dynamic – Employers want candidates who are not only technically oriented or good at math, but someone who is articulate and can explain technical matters to a non-technical audience.
- Intellectual Curiosity – The interviewing company will not necessarily expect you to know how to perform the day-to-day responsibilities immediately. However, you have to convey a willingness and desire to learn.