Video interviews are a very efficient way for employers to screen applicants, which is why they are increasing in popularity. The keys to a successful video interview is preparation and practice to avoid technology problems and feeling confident communicating in this format.
There are two types of video interviews:
Synchronous interviews are conducted real time over the Internet and are used in place of traditional face-to-face interviews as an employer can still assess and interact with the candidate.
Asynchronous interviews are conducted alone, meaning there is no real-time employer interaction. The employer provides a set of questions and asks applicants to record each response by a specific timeframe in a video. This allows the employer to screen candidates quickly and determine who will proceed to the next stage of the hiring process.
10 Video Interview Tips:
- Conduct a trial run a day or two before the interview and set-up to confirm all is in working order (camera, microphone, lighting) as you would on the day of the interview
- Position your camera at eye level (not above or below) and look straight at it when responding
- Check your background so it looks professional (remove pictures, posters, etc.)
- Make sure that you are in a quiet space with no possibility of interruption (barking dogs, roommates, music, or other sounds) and make a do-not-disturb sign for your door if you’re in your apartment or dorm
- Turn off your phone and any alerts on your computer to avoid getting interrupted by emails or instant messages during the interview
- Use the same good posture you would use during an in-person interview, limit hand gestures, and plant both feet solidly on the floor for balance
- Pay attention to the lighting, avoid having any light sources behind you, and check camera angle
- Check your internet connection an hour before the interview to make sure everything is still working correctly
- For the interview, dress professionally, as if it were an in-person interview
- Be confident, speak clearly, smile, and look directly in the camera