As hiring practices have been more smarter and more employees want to work from remote locations, video job interviews have become common. For hiring managers and recruiters, it is the easiest way to quickly conduct one round of discussion, save additional transportation costs and get the interview process started much faster than scheduling face to face discussions.
Here are some of the tips you can keep in mind while handling video job interviews:
- Plan Things in Advance
It is important to plan your things accordingly before appearing for a video job interview. If the interview is to be scheduled in the company office, it is advisable to reach well before time (at least 30 minutes before) to avoid any last-minute hassles. You can ask for assistance or help if you are facing any issues related to equipment.
On the other hand, if you are appearing for the video interview at home, do a trial run of your equipment day or two before the interview. You can set up your camera and check the voice quality of headphones to make sure everything is fine before the interview begins.
- Surroundings Count
During the job interview please make sure that the background that shows up in the video is not distracting. It is important to have a background which is tidy. You also need to pay a close attention to the lightning in the room where the interview will be conducted. You do not want to have light sources in the background since that will leave your face in the shadows.
Some of the other important points to follow during video job interview are :
- Make sure that the table and surroundings are neat and tidy. You do not want to distract the interviewer in the middle of an interview.
- If you are giving interview at your home, choose a quiet place with no external noises. The mike can pick up even small noises, so refrain from shuffling through papers at the last minute or tapping the pen.
- If possible, use a headphone as that would also cut down on external noises.
- You can turn off your mobile to avoid getting thrown off by emails or instant messages during the interview.
- Make sure that you make an eye contact which means looking into the camera.
- Use the same good posture you would use during an in-person interview.
- Dress appropriately as you would for a personal interview. Giving interview from home doesn’t mean you appear in casuals.
- Avoid making a lot of hand gestures as they can stutter the screen.
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