At first glance, video interviewing can seem a little intimidating. You basically know how to talk to people face-to-face and over the phone. But it's kind of weird to talk at the computer. I mean you've just perfected interviewing in person and now you have to learn an entire new way of interviewing!?! Not necessarily.
Prepare yourself as you would a normal interview. This means make sure you research the company and practice common job interview questions.
But, what steps should you take specifically for a video interview?
1) The background counts!
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, make sure you don’t just roll out of bed to start the interview. Employers will notice that and you could come off as lazy.
2) Practice what will happen
Have a friend or family member run through all of your equipment to make sure everything is working. You don’t' want to find out right before the interview that your internet is down. While you're at it, start practicing how you would answer interview questions. This way they can give you feedback on what you look like on camera. Who knows, you may have a distracting fidget that you never realized.
3) Post-its are your friends
Have you ever left an interview mad at yourself because you forgot to say something important? Me too. Write down any important points you want to make about your experiences or what would make you perfect for the job on post-its. Then, put them around your computer screen. This way you won't have to awkwardly look down and it won't look so obvious that you are checking your notes.
Have you ever had a video job interview? Let us know below what it was like!