It’s important (crucial) to know how to make the video technology work for you, to get the optimum advantage out of it. Either it can make you look sharp, polished and proficient or it can make you look unreliable, slow and sluggish. Here are few useful tips to make the video interviewing work towards your advantage. None of the standard interview tip is covered here, as these are the tips for being successful when you are in a video interview.
The interview process will be the same as an in-person interview. The interviewer's objective is the same, that is, to screen candidates for employment. You will be asked the same type of interview questions. Also, be prepared to ask questions, as well. If you're not sure about how the interview is proceeding, it's fine to ask the interviewer how you are doing. What is most important is to consider this type of interview just as important as if you were meeting the interviewer in his or her office.
1. Preparation before the interview.
Make sure you know how to use the equipment. There are many different brands, but once you know how to use one, you'll probably figure out how to use the others. The better you understand the equipment, the more comfortable and confident you will be.
2. Manage your presentation by managing the equipment.
Set up the camera so it focuses on you. If you can get a tight head/shoulders/desk shot, this is best. Try to keep other objects out of the shot, or the viewers could get distracted. Make sure the microphone is near you. Typically, you will have a microphone pod on the table in front of you.
Because of the way video works, minimizing background movement (second hands on clocks, cars passing on the street outside) is to your advantage. If possible, remove any such background motion, since motion causes the equipment to work harder to transmit the image. The same principle applies to the type of clothing the candidate wears. Most people dress conservatively when going to interviews, but I would go one step further and promote solid conservative colors (but not bright white). Small stripes and busy patterns do not look good on a television screen and cause the equipment to work harder to reconcile these patterns when the person moves, causing a delay.
3. Control the microphone.
Be aware of where the microphone is. Remember that microphones pick up and often amplify any sound, so be careful about shuffling papers and tapping on the table near the microphone. In person, these sorts of things are filtered out by our brains, but microphones don’t work that way. In fact, microphones are very sensitive. Those little noises are very loud and distracting on the other end.
4. Position of the camera
You look better when the camera is at the same height as the top of your head, as it looks down on you. Looking up gives definition to your chin and that is a visual indicator of strength and character. However you set up your video space, having the camera sit slightly above your hairline, it will help you maintain good posture while giving you the most attractive camera angle.
5. Look straight into the camera
Simultaneously, you want to be making eye contact with the interviewer. This means looking at the camera and not the screen. There is a narrow range in which you can look up at the camera while making direct eye contact with it. That’s the right place for the camera. Making eye contact with the camera is important. People take a lack of eye contact as an indicator of dishonesty.
6. If you wear eyeglasses, get an anti-glare coating (Anti-glare coating for eyeglasses)
If they can’t see your eyes, they can’t trust you. Every reputable eyeglass retailer offers an anti-glare lens coating at a small price. Without the coating, your eyes look like circles of light. With the coating, the interviewers get the feeling that they are making a connection with you (because you are looking directly into the camera).
7. Avoid unnecessary hand movements
Hand gestures are great for live presentations and good conversation among friends. On video, they distract from the message you want to convey. Unnecessary movements distract.
8. Mind your posture
Since the interview will be taking place in some place that you are comfortable, it’s easy to forget that it’s a formal interaction. Slouching, squirming, looking away from the camera (for more than a brief moment), looking bored, yawning and the many other things that you do in private are not useful parts of an interview. When you are in the interview, you have to act like you are in the interviewer’s office, not your bedroom.
9. Sooth your nerves
Almost everyone feels nervous when preparing for a job interview. And the number one reason for nervousness is fear of the unknown — it’s because you’re not sure what to expect. That uncertainty is the biggest reason for anxiety.
The questions like “Am I prepared enough?”, “Am I even qualified?”, “Will they like me?” Add up to stress because you can’t have any certainty about the answer.
It only gets worse when you’ve been on a few interviews that didn’t work out. Candidates rarely get actual feedback about why they weren’t selected and some end up second-guessing every little moment. This anxiety can turn into a vicious spiral and put all of your hard work in danger.
10. Smile, but not too much
Too much of a good thing can seem suspicious. Confident, enthusiastic smiling is beneficial – but it can easily turn into nervous or too-eager-to-please if overdone.
Try not to be too comic or laugh at every joke. The smile is meant to show that you’re a pleasant person to work with, you are reasonably good at social interactions, and have a good amount of enthusiasm and confidence.
11. Wear solid colors and stay away from busy patterns and whites (Do’s and Don’ts of dressing)
Avoid wearing whites as it can gives off the same kinds of glare effects as we’ve been avoiding elsewhere. Most importantly, stay away from patterns. Often, patterns (think about how stripes can bend) cause the optical illusion of movement. You want the interviewer to be focused on you, not your clothes. Dress professionally. Wear the same interview attire you would for an in-person interview. Do not presume only the top half would show and just cover your torso with formals. Keep in mind that you may have to get up, for whatever reasons, and therefore dress in formals from head to toe.
12. Adjust the Background
The interviewer isn’t interested in your books or other collectibles. Look for a plain background and set your camera accordingly. The best image is your head and shoulders against simple background (not white). The image shouldn’t show any kind of cluster.
13. Raise yourself up to this experience
It’s your house, your computer, your resume and your job hunt. You’ll be having some video interviews. Be prepared to practice and review your performance while you answer standard interview questions. Invest in better microphones (the built-in microphone in your computer makes your voice sound weak). After you’ve practiced enough, practice some more.
Overall, What Employers Expect to See?
Answer the questions asked:
Recruiters and hiring managers want to know you can do the job required, so they ask specific questions. Video is a faster way for them to screen seekers than traditional applications, so don't give them a reason to delete yours.
In your responses, relate an experience that demonstrates how you can perform the job required. If you are applying to be a chef, for example, record your answers in the kitchen while you're preparing a dish.
Make sure you are dressed and groomed appropriately, and practice your answers, so you have the best representation of yourself as possible. Videos are a great way to stand out from the other applicants who have only their paper applications or online text resumes. The best videos get forwarded and replayed many times.
Have a resume and application ready:
Video can get your foot in the door, but standard materials still get used at some point in the process. Make sure your experiences and best points match what you're saying in the video.