Did you know that according to a Gartner survey, 86% of organizations are conducting virtual interviews now? If you’re not comfortable with video conferencing technology and you’re looking for a job, then it’s time to learn a new skill. Not only are video interviews becoming more prevalent, but they’re also time-efficient and safe for everyone involved.
Video interviews may seem daunting, but you’ll find that they’re fairly straightforward. Even better, you don’t have to worry about driving through traffic or arriving early to figure out the parking situation and the office location.
Read on to learn these video conferencing best practices and hold a successful interview with confidence!
If you’ve never used video conferencing software before, you’ll want to take time to grow familiar with the settings, making sure your microphone is working and checking on the video quality. You can have a friend or colleague help you with a mock interview that will allow you to check the quality of your connection and whether you’re experiencing lag on your end.
You may also notice that when you turn on your computer’s camera, you have a wide view of the room behind you. If you’re able to, move your computer to an orderly area of your home or change the angle so that there’s a wall behind you.
You may find that a window or a light behind you will put your face in shadow. The easiest way to combat this is to find a lamp with a bright LED bulb and place it in front of you by the computer. The combination of light from the front as well as the back is far more pleasant on the eye than harsh shadows.
What you wear to a video interview matters even if only the top half of your body is going to be seen! Make sure the top you choose is one that you would wear to an in-person interview, and be sure to iron out any wrinkles and check for lint. The goal is to show that you’re taking the interview seriously. Even if you do take the interview seriously but decide to wear a casual t-shirt instead, you could give the interviewer the wrong impression of your intentions.
Body language is one of the hardest skills to get right during a video interview. For instance, you may be tempted to look directly at them on the screen while you’re answering a question. While you’re looking at their eyes on your screen, on their screen they won’t have the same perspective. Instead, practice at looking directly at the webcam while you’re talking so that you’re providing good eye-contact.
You’ll also want to adjust your chair so that you’re sitting upright with good posture during the interview. Just as if you’re having the interview in-person, you want to avoid fidgeting.
It’s important to use active listening while the interviewer is speaking, especially during an interview. This is because when you’re not in person it can be hard to judge whether the person on the other end is truly paying attention.
Video Interview Questions
The questions the interviewer asks you largely depends on your level of experience, the position, and the industry you’re working in. You can expect that the questions will be similar to ones that you would have been asked in-person. However, here are a few common questions that you should be prepared to answer:
Why should we hire you?
This is a great time to showcase your knowledge of the company and the benefits you can offer. Focus on particular problems they may face and see if you can find creative solutions.
Why did you leave your last job?
It’s important that you don’t say anything overtly negative about the last company you were with. Turn your answer into a positive one by stating how you wanted “more of” something the company couldn’t give you. If you were fired, it’s important that you’re honest and explain how you’ve changed and grown as a person.
Why do you want this job?
This question helps recruiters see if you’re a good culture fit as well. Think about your own passions and plans for the future–be as specific as possible! Then highlight how the job position you’re applying for helps you reach these aspirations.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question can seem daunting. However, it’s actually an easy question because the person asking just wants to make sure that you have ambitions and that you’re not planning on leaving the company in only a year. Make sure that your goals align with working with the company.
Before the Interview
A few minutes before the interview begins, sit down at your desk so you don’t feel rushed. Make sure you have a drink nearby along with a copy of your resume and make sure to put your phone on silent.
Close any applications or tabs that you’re not using on your computer so that it runs better. You’ll also want to test both the video and the microphone to make sure they’re working before the interview begins.
Video Conferencing Best Practices for a Successful Interview
Now that you know these video conferencing best practices, you’ll feel more confident the next time you have to schedule a video interview. You’ll find that the best way to gain this confidence is through practice. Make sure that you’re familiar with the technology before the day of the interview, and see if you can recruit friends or family to do a mock interview with you.
Remember to look at the camera on your computer when you’re answering questions, and focus on being positive, honest, and upbeat. Keep in mind that the interview goes both ways–you also want to see if the company is a good fit for you! With this in mind, be sure to prepare questions for the last few minutes of your interview.