Video interviewing has become the standard for many online job applications these days. More companies than ever are using online video interview formats to start the process of hiring online. In order to pass this part of the hiring process, it is essential to understand the rules of a video interview. While there are no hard and fast rules that apply in every job interview video, it is important to engage in some element of video interview practice so that you can feel more confident when it comes time to conduct your online interview.
Video Interview Tips
Below are 12 video interview tips that will help you to focus on the important things so that you will increase your chances of success with the real thing:
1. Think about what you are going to say before you say it. Make a few notes about yourself, focus on the job for which you are applying, and mentally talk to the camera as though it were a living person. Remember that a real person will be watching the video once you are done, so it is really no different than talking to someone one-on-one in a traditional interview setting.
2. Speak slowly. When you do a video interview, you will not have a second chance to explain what you said or what you meant. Enunciate every word in a clear way so that the people reviewing it will understand what you said the first time. They are not likely to contact you to ask you what you said once you are finished and have submitted your video.
3. Present yourself in a professional manner. Some people feel so comfortable in front of their computers that they forget it is a formal interview. You really should spend some time on your appearance before you go “on camera” in order to present yourself in the best light possible. Remember that people do not know you when you begin the interview so first impressions are important, even on camera.
4. Clear the area before filming your interview so that it will not be distracting to the viewers. You want to make your backdrop look appropriate as well so that it will appear as though you took some time in setting up and preparing your interview setting.
5. Make sure your set is properly lit. Having appropriate lighting will result in a better result. People watching the interview want to see your face clearly so that they are engaged with what you are saying. Dark shadows will give you an ominous look and make people feel that you are hiding. This is not a mystery. You are not playing Orson Welles as “The Shadow,” so make sure your set is adequately lit so that you can be seen clearly from every angle.
6. Audio should be clear and free of extemporaneous noise. Birds chirping in the background, dogs parking, or people talking might be okay if you were filming a park scene in a movie, but not for a job interview. The panel who will be watching the footage only want to see and hear you. So make sure you film in a quiet setting.
7. Be ready for anything. Video interview questions are often something you do not expect, but are usually directly related to the job for which you are applying. So think about what type of questions someone might want to know who is hiring you for the position and practice answering questions related to the job that you’ll be doing.
8. Practice with a friend on Skype. It’s a good idea to practice the video interview before you actually do it. This way, you will be used to seeing yourself on camera and this will make you more comfortable for the real thing. Study Skype interview tips by having your friend ask you questions on Skype, then record your responses. But remember that it is equally important to watch a playback of your performance. This will give you a sense of where you need to improve. If you are not pleased with the result, do it again and again until you are confident in front of the camera. Just going through the motions of the video interview will go a long way towards preparing you for the real thing later.
9. Reverse roles and act like the interviewer. It often helps to have empathy for the interviewer by reversing your role to pretend as though you are doing the interviewing. Even though the questions are normally automatically generated in this type of interview, it helps to play both sides of the camera so that you can better understand what you might be asked and how to answer it.
10. Smile as much as possible. Remember that it is important for the interviewer to get to know you, not just your job qualifications. So let them know that you are a friendly, engaging person that would be enjoyable to work with. Try to relax as much as possible and project the qualities that you could bring to the job.
11. Try to answer in a unique way. Remember that the people watching the interviews will watch several interviews before they decide which ones to pass on to the company for further consideration. Video interview setups usually involve a “middle man” company that serves as a go-between to filter out the people least suited for the job. So you need to stand out somehow by taking a unique approach to the questions when possible.
12. Have confidence. Earl Nightingale once said, “What a man can believe and conceive, he can achieve.” This means that if you project confidence in the interview that you can do the job, you will start to believe it more, and so will your interview panel!
These 12 tips will serve as a great set of guidelines for you to keep in mind as you prepare for your video interview. Remember: practice makes perfect. You need to get comfortable with the camera, practice the possible questions you may be asked, and watch a playback of a mock interview before actually doing it. By getting comfortable with this rather non-traditional interview process, you will be much more confident with the real thing. It’s easier than it looks.
So make some notes now of the traits you wish to project in the interview and focus on those. Choose what you will wear, test out your computer camera and microphone, and other technical requirements. Then call a friend to practice and ask them for help in preparing. A little time spent at the front end of the process will go a long way toward helping you get in the mental mindset that you will need to be successful in the interview.