There are many cases where an employer may offer you the chance for a video interview.
It could be because you are away, you are hoping to relocate, or it is to speak to you before an in-person interview.
Although they are not in person, video interviews can actually seem more daunting. You are less able to rely on any natural persona that comes across in real life, instead focusing more on answers.
Without an in-person interview it might seem you need to prepare less, but this isn’t the case.
Here’s how you should prepare for a video interview:
1. You don’t want to be looking away from the screen and shuffling through papers during your interview. Be as prepared with answers and information as you would be for an in-person interview.
2. Still dress smart for the interview. Whether you choose to dress casual from the waist down, you will make a good impression and will also put yourself in a more prepared mindset.
3. It might sound strange, but have a glass of water with you. While you’re talking and getting nervous you might find your throat gets dry. You don’t want to risk interrupting the interview by leaving to get a drink.
4. Ensure the interviewer has your resume. In an interview you would bring your resume with you, so it can be a good idea to send it over again beforehand. You could also keep your emails open in the background so you can send anything important over if they ask for it.
5.Before the interview you should do a trial run to make sure everything works. Give yourself some time to fix any problems that might arise with the microphone, the webcam, or the internet.
6. Make sure you will have a quiet environment during the interview, without noises from children or pets.
With a lot riding on your job interview, it is best to be fully prepared beforehand. Technology is great to have in times like this, but it can go wrong. Be prepared with not only that but also how you approach the interview itself.