Guest post by Susanna H. - As modern technology gets better by the day, more and more companies are turning to video conferencing by Lifesize to carry out initial interviews with prospective candidates. Video interviewing is similar to a face-to-face interview and it is an ideal way to find the right people for the job. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your first video interview to land that dream job. These tips are based upon a video interview I once did for a company based in New Zealand. I wanted to be as far away from Europe as possible to I choose to want to do my internship in New Zealand. I got the internship and have spent eight months in this beautiful country. I hope that the below tips help you in getting the job/internship that you like!
Prepare yourself ahead of time
It is really important to prepare yourself ahead of time and to send relevant documents to the person who will be interviewing you since you are not meeting your employer face to face. Two days before is the best time to send all the relevant papers. This way, your interviewer has got enough time to go over these documents beforehand.
Check the technical equipment and test the sound
The last thing you want is to have technical difficulties when you’re being interviewed so it is important to make sure the microphone, webcam and sound settings are all in working order, and reduce or increase the volume accordingly. I did a sound test with a friend as well just to be sure. During this sound test my friend and I decided to do a role play and he noticed I speak quite fast. If you do that as well, then it is important to remember to speak slowly as there may be an online delay.
The interview took place at my house and when I got out of bed I just put on my normal clothes because I was at home. Luckily, I remembered to change as the interviewer will see what you are wearing. It’s important to dress in a professional manner the same way as if attending a formal face – to – face interview.
Look directly at the camera
Even though it may be daunting, it is important to treat the camera as if it were the employer. Look directly at it when speaking and focus your attention when the interviewer is asking questions. This will give the impression that you are confident which can be used t your advantage. Don’t look away from the camera as this may give the interviewer the impression that you are disinterested.
Write down a list of questions for the interviewer
At the end of the interview, it is good to ask the interviewer a couple of relevant questions to show you are keen about the job. No doubt you will be given the option of asking questions during or at the end of the session anyway. So be sure to have a list ready. If you are unsure of the type of questions you’d like to ask them, have a look at the one’s I’ve used:
- What is the company’s management style?
- What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
I hope these tips have given you the knowledge and confidence to complete a successful video interview.