Video Interviews - The do's and don'ts
Like them or not, video interviews are becoming more frequently used by employers in the hiring process.
Most commonly used in pre-screening, often prior to any human interaction, they are intended to help hirers make better decisions about which candidates to invest time and effort in during the recruitment process.
In a candidate short market, there is a concern that some 'faceless' video tools could alienate talented job seekers who fear that they may not perform at their best. Whilst this is an understandable concern, I can only see the use of video technology becoming more and more commonplace.
In addition to specific video hiring technology, FREE video conference platforms such as SKYPE and GoTo Meeting are also becoming ubiquitous tools for recruiting. With us all being more and more online, these platforms are quick and easy to use and can speed up the hiring process by enabling job seeker and employer to 'virtually' meet prior to any potential in person face-to-face interview.
The do’s and don’ts list for a video interview is different from both in-person and phone interviews, so here’s some helpful tips to consider;
1. Look at the camera, not the screen
It’s not unusual to want to watch yourself or your interviewer during a video interview session, but looking directly at the video camera is the only way to maintain direct eye contact with your interviewer.
2. Dress to impress
Treat your video interview as importantly as an in-person interview and dress appropriately.
3. Choose the right location and lighting
Ensure you choose a room to record or conduct your video interview with plenty of natural light. Also, pick a quiet place for your video interview without any distracting backdrops so that you are the focal point on the screen.
4. Eliminate any potential interruptions
If you are interviewing in a house with pets and children ensure you let everyone know in advance when your interview is. Secure any animals away from your interview space.
5. Close down all programs on your computer
Receiving LinkedIn or Facebook notifications whilst in the middle of your interview is distracting and unprofessional. Before your interview ensure all other windows are closed down.
6. Ensure your profile is professional
If your employer is using a platform such as Skype, the first thing they will view will be your username and picture so make sure they are interview appropriate and professional.
If this is your first video interview it’s likely that you will feel awkward. Practice answering some commonly asked interview questions and record yourself on your phone to see how you sound and how you come across. By doing this in advance, you can make necessary adjustments before the main event.
8. Be aware of your body language
You may come across differently via video compared to a face-to-face interview so be aware of your physical cues. Ensure that you have a good posture and don't forget to relax too.