We are certainly in unprecedented times and who knows what our world will look like when this is all said and done. Local and global social distancing requirements in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 have affected companies large and small. Businesses that are hiring have moved most, if not all, of their hiring and onboarding processes to the virtual world. Video interviewing has become commonplace as employers seek ways to keep their employees and candidates safe.
If you are actively looking for a job, you will likely experience a video interview. Even before the pandemic struck, video interviews were on the rise and are here to stay. Human Resource departments like remote interviewing because these types of interviews are easy to schedule and less expensive than in-person interviews. Video conferencing is ideal for high-volume recruiting campaigns because they allow interviewing large numbers of candidates quickly and easily. These types of interviews are recorded or pre-recorded and then watched as hiring staff's schedules allow.
Lucky you! You have made it to the next step in the hiring process. Here's how to prepare:
Check your laptop, video camera, and audio to verify they are working correctly. Also, make sure to test your internet connection and download any required video programs well before your interview. Also, have a backup plan – like a smartphone or a tablet.
I can't stress this enough – do your homework just like you would for any other interview. Know your future employer and rehearse your responses to key interview questions. It is even a smart idea to prepare your questions for the interviewer.
Remember to always dress for success! The proper attire is no less important for remote interviews, so dress like you would for an in-person interview in a complete outfit. Avoid very dark or bright colors, and complicated patterns as these don't translate well on camera. Softer shades like pastels and neutral colors work well. White can cause hotspots on the camera lens and blind the viewer. It's best to avoid jewelry that is sparkly or makes noise. You don't want to compete for attention with your clothes or accessories.
Ensure your surroundings are clean and tidy, and your background is free of clutter. Find a quiet place to be so that you are free of barking dogs, young children, anything that can be a distraction. Unless you are using your smartphone for the interview, put it on airplane mode or turn it off.
Do your best to focus on your interviewer, make eye contact, smile often, and engage with the interviewer to show enthusiasm for your new role. Try to keep hand gestures to a minimum. Be sure to thank your interviewer and let them know you want the job before the interview ends.
Just as important as any of the points above, send a quick follow-up email to your interviewer(s). Thank them again for their time and restate how interested you are in the position and that you hope to hear from them soon. "Thank you" emails are important, and will make you stand out from your competition.
Video interviewing is gaining popularity, and we need to embrace it now. Just like with in-person interviews, preparation is vital for online meetings. Your first video interview can be a strange and uncomfortable experience, and there's much to consider. Set up your interview space and download your program well ahead of time.
The video interview is like all other interviews. It's your chance to shine. Remember to relax, think of the interview as a conversation, and try to make personal connections. Be professional but friendly. Use our tips above, and you'll have a high chance of succeeding and showing your future employer that you're the right person for the job.