When I was applying to jobs, I was surprised at how many companies were asking for Skype interviews as opposed to phone interviews. If you have a potential employer who wants to interview you via Skype (or some other video chat platform), this can be a great opportunity to become “more than a number”. Your employer will be able to put a face with your name and also get to know you a little better than they could over the phone or in email.
In this post I want to share 5 tips you can use to prepare for your video interview.
- Test Your Internet Connection. If you’re planning to have the interview at your home or apartment, make sure you check to ensure your internet connection will be stable. Video chats require more bandwidth than simply surfing the web. So it may be a good idea to video chat with a friend prior to the interview to make sure everything is in good working order. If your home internet is not fast enough, go to a friend’s house or use an empty office/classroom on campus.
- Have a Backup Computer Ready. Sometimes your laptop just decides to malfunction out of the blue. Typically this happens at the most inconvenient time. So, even if you’re sure your laptop is in great shape, make sure you have a backup with you. During my video interviews, I actually logged in to Skype on two separate computers just in case one failed and I needed to quickly dial back in.
- Position Your Camera At Eye Level. depending on where your camera is located, you will naturally be looking down toward your camera unless you elevate your laptop somehow. Place a book beneath your laptop and adjust your seat so that your interviewer is looking at you at eye level. This is much more natural and less awkward than having them look UP at yo.
- Dress To Impress (top and bottom). When you are dressed professionally, you speak, behave, and think more professionally. I’ve heard of people who do video interviews with business clothes on their upper body and pajama pants on their lower body. Don’t do this. Even though the interviewer will not see your entire outfit, you’ll interview better if you are dressed professionally from head to toe.
- Be Mindful Of Lighting. For a video interview, you do not need to have professional lighting (unless you’re interviewing for a photography job of course). Just make sure that you avoid having shadows on your face. Point a soft lamp at your face. And avoid sitting with an open window behind you. This should give you adequate lighting for your interview.
Hopefully you’re now ready for your next video interview. Do you have other tips or suggestions for video interviews? Share them in the comments below!
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