How to Ace Your Video Interview

video interviewMore and more employers are embracing video and web-based technologies to screen prospective job candidates. As you begin your job search, this means it is increasingly important for you to be prepared.

There are two types of video interviews:  live and one-sided. A live interview is normally done through a platform such as Skype and is conducted in real time with the school Director or Principal.

The emerging type of interview, the one-sided video interview, has become very popular with employers worldwide. This type of interview involves recording answers to specific questions about your education, experience and goals. The advantage of this type of interview is that you can complete it at a time that is convenient for you, and the employer can review and share this interview at a time that is convenient for them. This has helped to streamline and quicken the hiring process significantly.

It’s Academic Educational Staffing has its own video interview technology called “Video Snapshot”. Snapshot is quick, convenient and a great way to showcase your personality and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Many of our candidates have been successfully hired in great new jobs after completing our ‘video snapshot’. To learn more about It’s Academic’s free Video Snapshot service for candidates, visit Video Snapshot Interviews.

In this article, we’ll cover tips on how to prepare for your video interview and how to succeed in the interview.

Before Your Video Interview

1. Determine the best hardware to use.

If you have multiple devices (such as a computer, tablet and/or smart phone), choose the device you’re most comfortable with as well as the one with the most reliable technology. If you have any concerns with your own equipment, consider purchasing or borrowing a device from someone who does have the best technology.

2. Select the proper location for your interview.

Ideally, you should conduct your interview in a secluded room where you can shut out possible distractions and noises, control the lighting and display a generic background behind you. In a perfect world, make sure there is some diffused lighting available so no shadows or glare are present as well as a plain wall as your backdrop. Also make sure you position yourself so that you can be seen on camera from the waist up rather than just your face.

3. Test your technology.

Make sure you understand how all the technological components of conducting a video interview work together, and test everything: your internet connection, your camera, your lighting, your sound, and the video program you’re using.

4. Do a practice interview.

Using all the same circumstances you’ll be using with your actual video interview, schedule a mock interview with a friend, colleague or family member. This will give you a great opportunity to practice and get comfortable with using the technology involved. If possible, record your mock interview and play it back for yourself later to do a self-critique. If you’re unable to record it, ask for detailed feedback (especially as to how you look and sound) from the person who watched your mock interview.

5. Have a plan B.

Glitches and hiccups can (and do) happen, so be prepared with a backup plan in case something goes wrong the day of your actual video interview.

6. Do your research.

Being fully prepared is vital to a successful interview. Conduct research on the employer so you can possibly address how your skills fit their needs and pick a professional outfit to wear for the interview.

The Day of Your Video Interview

1. Test your equipment before you start.

Do a quick run-through one hour before you plan to do your actual interview.

2. Dress professionally.

Choose something professional and business-like (nothing too flashy). If you have any doubts, view yourself in the monitor.

3. Turn everything off.

Before you start your interview, turn off all apps and programs running on your device or in the room that could potentially interrupt or distract you.

4. Remember the importance of non-verbal communication.

During your interview, make solid eye contact via the camera and smile at appropriate times. Maintain good posture and even lean in a bit. Don’t be afraid to use hand gestures to make your point.

5. Look directly into the camera.

Although it’s tempting to look at the monitor or yourself, remember to focus on making eye contact via the camera.

6. Have a conversation.

A video interview shouldn’t feel any different than a normal face-to-face conversation with a live person; speak in the same conversational voice you would use in an in-person interview.

7. Take notes.

It is perfectly acceptable to have some notes in front of you during a video interview (just make sure the notes are not seen by the camera) to help remind you of critical issues you may want to highlight. Just remember NOT overuse them or you will look odd on camera.

8. Don’t forget to pause.

When recording a video interview, there is a tendency to rush our speech. Remember to pause briefly between statements.

Succeeding in Video Interviews

Remember, if you’re uncomfortable with the technology used to conduct a video interview (or with how you look or sound on camera), the best thing you can do is practice, practice, practice! The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll get with the technology and with interviewing in general.

Good luck!

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