Have you ever experienced an event so daunting that it makes your palms sweat and knots form in your stomach? This event could be anything. For me, it’s the job interview. Before I started my career here at Sutherland Global Services, I was sent through the gauntlet. I was interviewing for many positions at different companies across the country. If you haven’t interviewed recently, you may not have realized that video interviewing is starting to replace face-to-face interviewing. Video interviews are chosen 63% of the time, according to HR managers. With this growing market I’d like to offer some first-hand tips, as well as capitalize on some tips listed in this article.
- Make sure your equipment works.
Nowadays, this tip may seem a bit irrelevant. With the prevalence of tablets, computers, and smart phones, it seems everyone has video capability. However, connection issues can arise. Maybe your wireless internet has kicked out or the connection strength isn’t quite as strong in the back of the house. Perhaps you have run out of Skype credits. Keeping these points in check before they become issues is your best course of action.
- Pick the right area.
Be aware of your surroundings, and things that may pose as a distraction. Simulate an office setting. Pick somewhere well lit, but not so bright that it puts you out of focus. Make sure there is nothing behind you that can pull the interviewer’s attention elsewhere. Also, make sure there aren’t any family members or pets around to bother or distract you. Not only will it look unprofessional, but it can strain your relationship.
- Dress for success.
I once made the mistake of “half-dressing” for success. I went with the shirt and tie on top, and shorts on the bottom. Before I knew it I was being asked to stand up and do a demonstration. Cue the Homer Simpson D’oh! No matter the situation, type of job, or time of year – always dress professionally. It is better to overdress than underdress.
- Smile, you are NOT on candid camera!
For some reason, people still don’t understand technology. It is important to remember that when you are on camera people can see EVERYTHING in the camera’s view. Smiling and looking at the camera is vital to your appearance and attitude. In face-to-face interviews they say eye contact is key. It is also key in video interviews. Don’t let those eyes stray! If you are watching yourself on the screen, you are not making “eye contact” with your interviewer. Make sure you are looking into the camera!
- Your momma always said, practice makes perfect!
Practicing for speeches, interviews, and public speaking events is normal. Why would an interview be any different? Practice old-school methods in a new-school way. Turn the camera on, pretending it is a mirror. Record the video and watch it, looking for flaws. Have a friend mock interview you. The only way to be an expert in something is to practice it constantly.
These tips, along with some company research, can put you in prime position to obtain your desired career. A video interview should be fun and less stressful – you and your interviewer aren’t even in the same room! Relax, take a deep breath, and let technology do what it was intended to do – make things easier.