Job interviews in the form of video interviews are becoming increasingly common. Getting in front of a camera and answering questions over a screen might seem intimidating to some people who are not tech savvy. But there is no avoiding the fact that the more technology advances, the more likely it is that such things will become common. This is due to the fact that video interviews save time and money for both a business and its job candidates. Also, there is no limitation in regard to physical location. People sitting across cities, states or even continents can be connected at a click via video calls.
So keep your inhibitions aside and read on to find out how to handle a job interview.
Planning in advance.
If your interview is at the company office, follow the usual guidelines such as arriving a little early, carrying all the documents along etc. Arriving early also gives you a chance to check out how to use the equipment so that any glitches can be avoided. If there are any issues you can ask someone and get them resolved.
If the video interview is to take place at your home
you must do a trial run before the interview, preferably a day or two before and ensure everything is working properly. Set up your camera and any headset or microphone as if it is the actual interview. If possible, use the same video technology that you plan to use during the actual interview. This will ensure that you don’t have any last minute installation issues or password problems before your interview.
Your camera should be positioned at eye level (not above or below).
A wrongly placed camera can result in unflattering double chins or weird shadows. Check to make sure your sound equipment works properly. Whichever the location is, whether home or company office, make sure that you send any materials (resume, portfolio, etc.) that the recruiter needs in advance.
During your trial run, take a look at the background that shows up in the video.
Does it look messy or distracting? You need to make sure that your background is tidy. While a plain wall is ideal, an office-like setting works just as well. Also don’t forget to pay attention to the lighting, too. You do not want to have lights sources behind you since that will leave your face in the shadows. Also, ensure that there is no background noise that might distract the interviewer.
For the actual interview, dress professionally, wearing the same interview attire you would for an in-person interview.
While the camera angle is supposed to show you from the waist up (your face is the real focal point) if there is any possibility you might need to stand up, make sure your pants or skirt is professional.
All the best!