For those looking for jobs nowadays, you might be surprised to know that your interviews may not be in the traditional face-to-face form. These days, more companies are adopting the virtual interviews approach. Usually the interviews take the form of video calls on Vidyo, Skype or other apps. As of 2013, more than 49% of interviews for many positions from senior executive to entry-level jobs were carried out via video conference as opposed to 10% in 2010, and chances are that even more interviews will be carried out using such technologies in the future.
This is not only convenient for saving the interviewee from the stress of having to travel to the interview location, sometimes located in another city, but also improves their chances because they’ll be in their comfort zone instead of being in the same room with a panel of interviewers. As with all interviews, acing your interview over video conference takes some serious skill and requires preparation. Unfortunately, many people don’t take video conference interviews as seriously as they should. Hopefully, the following tips should help.
Dress for the Occasion
Yes, we know they aren’t seeing you in person and that you’re in your comfort zone. However, that isn’t a good enough reason for you not to wear pants. Dress as though you would be appearing in person. There have been instances where people thought they didn’t need to wear pants. So, when they were asked to stand up, it became embarrassing real fast.
Due to the nature of the interview, lighting is more of a concern than it normally would be – don’t set your call up with the window or the light source behind you. Also, be sure to control the environment: close the door, avoid any interruptions, and for the duration of the interview, it should be just you and the interviewers.
Project Confidence and Assurance
Clearly, this is easier to do in person. However, your interviewers want to be sure that you’re the right individual for the job. So smile, bring your sense of humor to the table, be relaxed (but don’t slouch), be open, and friendly.
This always makes an impression on interviewers as they often feel that if someone can appear that professional without trying too hard on video conference, the person would be even more impressive in person. Answer any questions you’re asked as precisely as possible. Avoid rambling and “umming and ahhing”. It makes you look unprofessional and unsure.
Have all the Necessary Documents Ready Before the Call
Sometimes, interviewers might want to clarify something on your resume. So, have all your documents preloaded before the interview begins. This shows that you’re prepared and efficient. If you need to quickly check for a file, tell them and try not waste time. Better still, create a folder for all the relevant documents that you might need during the interview. Close any other unnecessary windows, and make close messenger applications so others won’t disturb you.
One more thing, you might want to turn off all audio notifications until after the interview. This will help you stay organized, help you access the documents quicker and most importantly, prevent you from getting flustered – something that happens to many interview candidates when they can’t find the document they need.
Prepare for the Interview
As with your traditional interview, be sure to prepare well ahead for the interview. Research the company, find out everything you can about them, clearly outline your skill set and be prepared to pitch them at a moment’s notice. Make sure to enunciate properly without shouting. Ask questions if you don’t understand something and be clear about your expectations, if any.
As you can see, acing a video conference interview isn’t as difficult as you might think. With a lot of preparation, possible rehearsal, and practice, your video conference interview will go well and you’ll hopefully land that job. Good luck!
About the Author
Oscar King works at a One Stop Career center, assisting with matching job seekers and prospective employers using a wide variety of tools. Among the tools he recommends employing is an online fax service to help get copies of your resume to employers, and he recommends using FindAFax to that end.
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