In 2021, interviewing over video is something to be expected. The job market is changing rapidly, and as a job-seeker, it’s up to you to change with it. Rather than being in-person, video interviewing can replace the most pivotal step in landing a job, the in-person interview. This type of interview is at the same level of importance as an in-person interview, so it’s key to treat it with a high-regard. While it’s equal in importance, not all aspects are the same. To stand out from other video-interviewers, we’ve put together a list of best practices to keep in mind.
Video Interviewing Best Practices
Prepare as you would normally.
This includes practicing ahead of time or doing a mock-interview. Be sure to do proper research about the company and your interviewer, and dressing as you would for an in-person interview.
Jot down a couple of notes.
Since your interviewer cannot see your desk, you have the advantage of having any notes out in front of you to reference. But be wary of writing out too many things. If you are distracted by your notes, this can minimize the personal interaction you have during the interview. So, use your notes sparingly so they don’t end up like a crutch.
Interruptions are inevitable, so it’s important to account for that as a possibility during your interview. If you live with others, let them know about your interview ahead of time. Say a dog could start barking — let your interviewer know at the beginning of the interview. It shows that you’re proactive and professional about the circumstances.
Test your technology.
This means testing your Wi-Fi signal, testing your computer audio, and testing that your video is showing up clearly.
Set up your surroundings.
Now that you’ve made sure your video is working properly, ensure you’re starting off right by setting up your scene for success. If you don’t have natural light around you, make sure you have optimal lighting in the room. Set up your camera so that light is more in front of you rather than all behind you. Clean up your surrounding area to ensure there isn’t anything distracting in front of you or in the background.
Just as you would for an in-person interview, show up on your computer at least 5-10 minutes before your interview. This allows you to ensure everything is working properly, and you are prepared with all that you need.
Be intentional about body language.
Since the interviewer cannot be interacting with you in person, you will need to do double the work to express and represent yourself. This means maintaining appropriate eye contact to show engagement, keeping a good posture at your desk chair, and using your facial expressions to show that you’re actively listening and speaking.
Let the other person finish speaking.
When you jump in with a response too soon, it could mute the other person’s mic which could result in cutting them off. This is just a general rule of thumb, but especially over video chat, make sure you take a pause before you choose to speak.
Signal when your answers are finished.
Like it was mentioned earlier, you will need to do double the work in terms of body language to make this interview the most fluid it can be. After each time you’ve answered a longer question in an interview, give them a visual cue through a simple nod, conclude the answer firmly, or even ask a question at the end of your answer.
Treat this interview as a normal conversation.
This goes for all job interviews, but even more so, be authentic in your interview. Building a connection with your interviewer is crucial because, at the end of the day, they’re looking for someone they can work alongside with. Ask them questions, comment on their responses, and just be yourself.
Video interviewing is new territory for both sides, so take comfort in knowing that everyone is trying to navigate these new normals. Take these best practices and apply them to your next job interviews. Without a doubt, you will impress your interviewer!