In today’s world of growing technological innovations and internet culture, more and more companies are veering towards virtual interviews with candidates. From “Skype” to “HireVue”, companies are using different sorts of video technology for the initial interview stages. These could involve, having a live video chat with the hiring manager or professionals within the company, or it could also be a one-way interview involving the candidate using a webcam and microphone to record answers to predetermined questions. Virtual interviews are becoming very common in today’s day and age, and it is important to put your best foot forward.
Make your first impression, a strong and lasting one.
Here are 5 top tips to remember:
- Practice makes perfect: List out practice questions that are typical of interviews within the industry, as well as any additional general questions that may be asked. This will allow you to practice answering these questions while highlighting your strengths. Also don’t hesitate to record yourself as you practice, not only does it allow you to improve, but it also gives you an opportunity to get familiar with how you appear on camera!
- Dress to impress: Always look your best. Dress in attire that would be appropriate for a face to face interview. Although only the top half of your body is what will be exposed, remember the way you dress influences how you feel and puts you in character. Fashion Tip: If you have a bright background, dress in dark colors (and vice versa) so that you avoid blending in and you stand out!
- Set your Setting: Set aside time in a quiet conducive location for your interview. Keep the background conservative and neutral, and make sure you keep interruptions to zero. No external factors should distract this interview process and therefore keep your cellphones on silent/off, turn off the TV/Radio, get everyone out of the room, and keep your eyes focused on the camera. Also, since more of this technology depends on the internet, ensure you are in a location that has stable and reliable internet connection. Pay attention to the small details because you will be surprised how much of a difference poor lighting can make.
- Do your research: To ensure you are well prepared for the interview, make sure you are well-read on the company and completely understand the job requirements of the position you are interviewing for. This would help you answer the more specific questions that you may be asked. It will also make it easier for you to ask questions at the end.
- Keep your eye on the clock: Time is of the essence and therefore you want to make sure that you answer the questions asked, clearly, audibly, and succinctly. This is specifically very important with one way interviews as they are usually timed and you want to be careful that you don’t run out of time as there is no do-over.
Video interviews are becoming more popular, and are very convenient. Take advantage of this convenience and relax, imagine it was a face to face interview, keep smiling and make sure your game plan is 100% full-proof to help you score the job!
Azizat Olayanju is a MBA candidate at Daniels. She is also a graduate assistant for the Suitts Graduate & Alumni Career Center.