Leading video conference tools (SKYPE, GoToMeeting and others) are becoming ubiquitous tools for recruiting. You can make video
and audio calls, exchange chat messages (using Skype's software)
on your computer and/or mobile device just over the internet. Many of the
services are even available for free, or you can of course pay for added features. All of these tools use your computer’s webcam or an external web
cam for quick video calls.
More and more companies have begun using these tools recently. The dos and
don’ts list for a video interview is different from both in-person and phone
interviews. Here's a good start if you are prepping for a video interview.
VIDEO INTERVIEWING TIPS:
Look at the camera, not the screen.
It’s not unusual to want to watch yourself or your interviewer during a video
interview session, but looking directly at the video camera is the only way to
maintain direct eye contact with your interviewer. One trick here is to center the face of the
other person on your screen to be right below your camera.
When it comes to what you wear, treat your video interview like an in-person
interview and dress professionally. A professional dress code with video
interviews is expected.
Select the optimal location.
Pick a quiet place to interview without an elaborate backdrop so that you can
be the focal point on the screen. Remove anything distracting behind you and
keep it neutral.
Doing a run through interview with a friend beforehand is helpful because your
first few video interview calls are likely to feel awkward, especially if you
have to retrain yourself to watch the camera and not the screen (it’s hard not
to look at yourself!). Play around with everything beforehand so that when it's
interview time you are prepared.
Close other programs on your computer.
Getting Facebook notifications during your interview is distracting and
unprofessional. Before your interview, make sure all other windows on your
computer are closed.
Eliminate possible interruptions.
If you are interviewing in a house with multiple people or pets, be sure to let
everyone in the house know ahead of time that you will be in an interview while
securing any animals away from your interview space.
Make certain your profile is
Unlike an in-person or phone interview, your first impression during a video
interview doesn't actually involve you. The first thing your interviewer will
see is your Skype username and picture, so double check that they are both
interview appropriate (professional).
Not all physical cues translate from in-person interviews to video interviews,
which make the ones that do even more important. Be sure to have good posture
but don’t be stiff. Hold yourself up but be relaxed as well. Don’t slump