First, there was only the face-to-face job interview, then phone interviews started to become popular with employers. Now, video job interviews are starting to gain some traction in the job-search world.
Lindsey reached out to us on Facebook:
I have a job interview coming up that will take place over Skype. Are there any tips you could give me about anything that I should be doing differently? Thanks for your help!
My response to her is below:
“Prepare yourself as you would a normal interview. Make sure you research the company and practice common job interview questions. I’ve heard from employers that they can tell a lot about how organized an applicant is over Skype. Make sure you pick a room that is not cluttered and does not have a mess behind you! Also, be sure you dress as you would for an in-person interview. Remember, they will be able to see you, your reactions and your demeanor. You want to look as professional and organized as possible!”
So, Lindsey took my advice – and then some – and came up with some really creative ideas to help her tackle this new job interview trend.
Here’s what she told us:
“I had prepared a few common interview questions, had my brother, Matt, practice Skype with me from his room to have a run through of my equipment and to practice answering questions. I also wrote a few notes and stuck them on the edge of my computer screen just in case I forgot how I wanted to answer. I dressed head to toe as I would for a face-to-face interview, because it made me feel more like a professional and you never know when you’re going to have to stand up. I also made sure the entire desk was cleared and organized and not just the space behind me. I tried to think of everything, in case something happened that the rest of the room got in frame.”
I absolutely love Lindsey’s idea of putting notes around the computer screen so you will remember to touch on all the points you want to make. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left an interview mad at myself for forgetting to mention something. Also, putting them around the computer will help you avoid awkwardly looking down and reading off a piece of paper.
It was a great idea of hers to practice Skype beforehand with her brother. You want to make sure everything on your computer is working properly so you won’t have to delay the interview and show them that you weren’t prepared. This will also help give you confidence in answering questions over video.
Do you have a video job interview coming up? Make sure you take the steps that Lindsey took to stand out. It can really make all the difference!