Prepare for your Video Interview
Performing well during a video interview requires skill and savvy beyond basic job interviewing.
More companies like Poise and our clients are using video interviews in the hiring process - as many as 50-75%. Chances are you can count on a video interview in your near future. Use this guide to better perform during a video interview.
Be sure to also review Step One - Anatomy of the Interview. Its very important to clearly see and respect the different stages of an interview.
- Perform the following study session the night before your video interview.
- Block out plenty of time just *before your video interview begins in order to relax, prepare/review and focus--we suggest 30 minutes.
- Being well prepared is essential for a calm, confident demeanor.
- Go to our client’s website and thoroughly review the “about us” section. Review “about us” and more as to get a *good feel for their clients, products/services and market position. Don’t leave the website until you can answer these questions: What does this organization do - product and services, etc? What are they all about and how do they provide value to their customers? What makes them different from their competition?
- Go through the job description line by line. Think about how your experience and skills fit with each requirement. The point is to get your brain thinking about how you are a match so those "thoughts and prior experiences" are easily and naturally shared.
- Think about the questions that you’re likely to be asked and write out your answers to each of them. At a minimum, cover these basics: Why are you thinking about leaving your current job? What interests you about this opening? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What experience do you have doing ___? (Fill in each of the major responsibilities of the job.). Be prepared to overview your past performance.
- Come up with questions of your own. Good questions at this stage are clarifying questions about the role itself and open-ended questions about the company culture. You’ll also want to ask what the next steps are in your interview process. Always remember that interviewing follows a similar process to sales. You want to know the steps and focus to getting to the next step. As in sales, if you don’t ask for the sale, you don’t get it!
- Study well! The better prepared you are, the more natural and comfortable you’ll be.
for video conference interviews, dress to impress!
*Very importantly. Test your video chat equipment and then role-play by speaking into a webcam - see yourself on the screen. Get comfortable with the video version of you. Role-playing an interview with a friend is *highly recommended.
Prep your surroundings. Make sure you’re in a place where you can speak freely. And you may think the only thing the people on the other end of a video interview can see is your face, but they will see some of your surroundings too. The room you’re video-chatting from should look neat and attractive and not be visually distracting. You also need to avoid any auditory distractions such as a barking dog or a crying child. Be sure to turn off the ringers of all the phones in the area.
Look at your lighting. Put a light behind your computer - better, park you and your computer in front of a window so that lots of natural light is directly in your face. Point is, you’re illuminated and not casting shadows on your face. You’d be surprised the difference proper lighting will make on your video persona. Do this!
- Stop your day thirty (30) minutes prior to starting your video/telephone interview and review notes. Review key accomplishments and questions you need answers for. The better prepared you are, the more natural you’ll be. #benatural #lol
- Maintain good eye camera-lens contact. Don’t stare, just good eye camera-lens contact. Get the hint? When speaking, look at your camera-lens. When listening, look at your screen so you don’t miss any visual cues, etc.
- Make sure to smile, just not too much #lol
- Don’t fidget.