In this technology-rich era, it’s no surprise that many companies are incorporating it into their hiring practices through the use of on-line video interviewing. On-line video interviewing may take the place of telephone screening, or could be used throughout the first round(s) of interviewing. Why? Because it is convenient and can save the company time and money if initial interviews are conducted on-line versus bringing candidates on site.
On-line video interviews may be through SKYPE or other similar applications, in which candidates and interviewers are both “live,” or company’s may use technology that allows an interviewer to pre-record questions that candidates may respond to within a designated time period. Either way, video interviewing requires preparation and practice if you want to present yourself as well as you would in person.
The CareerSpots video – On-Line Video Interviews – suggests the following tips:
- Do a test call with friends or family.
- Check for technical problems ahead of time
- Dress as though you are conducting a face-to-face interview
- Make sure your space is tidy and clutter free with nothing distracting in the background
- Eliminate interruptions by informing others that you will be conducting an interview
- Plug your computer in so your battery doesn’t die during the interview
- Check lighting to ensure interviewers will see you clearly
- Frame your shot – make sure the camera focuses on your face
- Look directly into the camera lens – it’s the same as making eye contact
- Be enthusiastic!
Most importantly, practice, practice, practice!