Online Video Interviewing Dos Donts

Most people are familiar with traditional job interviews that take place in-person at the building where you are hoping to work. However, as the world is becoming more technologically-advanced, an increasing number of interviews are taking place via WebCam, Skype and other online services. This type of interview might be conducted if you are applying for a job in a different city or state, or it might just be the way the hiring manager prefers to conduct interviews. If you have never done an online video interview before, there is no reason to get stressed out. Chances are you are already familiar with the technology, but if you have no clue what to do, then there are some very easy do’s and don’ts to follow in order to ensure you nail the interview.

The Do’s of Online Video Interviewing

Keep the following points in mind in order to succeed in a video interview.

  • Do familiarize yourself with the technology beforehand. Try talking to a friend through it the day before your interview.

  • Do conduct the interview in a room where you are not going to be disturbed.

  • Do make sure the lighting in the room is good and make sure whatever is behind you is simple and appropriate.

  • Do perform the same amount of preparation as you would a face-to-face interview.

  • Do set the camera up so that you are seen from the waist up.

  • Do test your internet connection the day of the interview so that you can be certain it is working.

  • Do dress professional, just as you would any other interview.

  • Do turn off your cell phone and close any other browsers so that you are not distracted.

  • Do clean the camera so that you don’t appear blurry on the other end.

  • Do look straight into the camera so that it looks like you are looking directly at the interviewer.

  • Do remember all essential nonverbal traits, including eye contact, smiling and posture.

  • Do leave a pause after every question the hiring manager asks. There might be a delay and you do not want to jump on an interviewer in the middle of a question.

  • Do speak conversationally and try your best to build up a rapport with the interviewer.

  • Do ask about the next step of the process at the end of the interview.

    • Do send a thank you note within 24 hours.
  • Do follow the same basic etiquette as you would a regular interview.

    The Don’ts of Online Video Interviewing

    Just because it is a different kind of job interview does not mean you can slack off in your professional demeanor. Watch out for the following mistakes when you are taking part in a video interview.

    • Don’t refuse a video interview altogether.
  • Don’t neglect your personal hygiene. Make sure you wash your face and brush your teeth so that you still look professional.

    • Don’t have an unprofessional username.
  • Don’t go overboard on patterns or colors in your attire. Keep it professional.

    • Don’t wear overly flashy jewelry.
  • Don’t constantly be looking off-camera to review notes. Having something off to the side to help you is fine, but you should know off the top of your head what you want to talk about.

    • Don’t move around a lot in your chair.
  • Don’t get distracted by anything going on at the interviewer’s side of the conversation and don’t have other programs open on your computer that could distract you.

  • Don’t get flustered if there are glitches or connection problems. Glitches are an inherent risk when dealing with online interviews, and there is often nothing you can do to prevent them or stop them once they are occurring.

    Video interviews can be intimidating, but that is only because you have never done one before. Once you have a couple under your belt, they will feel just like a regular interview. For the most part, the same basic principles need to be abided by except this time you are on camera. As video interviews are becoming more prevalent, it might be a good idea to acquaint yourself with the technology before an interview is actually scheduled so that if an interviewer in the future asks for a Skype interview, you are ready. By following these tips, you will be in a great position to nail the interview, and it can be an excellent opportunity to show off your prowess with certain technologies.

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