By now, most of us have accepted the shift from in-person interviews to digital interviewing. Even as life returns to a pre-pandemic state, hiring is unlikely to revert completely back to the way it once was.
Employers have realized the benefits that come from remote recruiting, including the larger pool of qualified candidates that comes from eliminating geographical barriers. Video interviewing has become so popular, 86% of organizations are now using them to hire employees, with no signs of slowing down.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re prepared for your next video interview
What You Should Know about Video Interviewing
Video interviews do not always occur in real-time, like a Zoom call where you meet face-to-face electronically at an agreed upon time. They can also take the form of a one-way, pre-recorded interview where the interviewer is not present.
In pre-recorded interviews, you record answers to pre-set questions, asked either in written form or via video, and the recruiters review your responses at a later time. Many students and graduates are unaware of this, and the surprise can throw off even the most prepped job seekers. Now you know!
Tech Tips for Virtual Interviews
Since video interviews occur online, naturally you’ll need some hardware and software to participate. The specifics depend on the platform being used, but here’s some general information to help:
- Make sure your Internet connection is strong and secure.
- Use a desktop or laptop rather than a cell phone or tablet. This will provide a better experience and limit shaky recordings.
- While you can use built-in audio, you may want to opt for headphones with a microphone. This helps to minimize echoes and improve sound quality.
- Use Chrome or Firefox as your browser as these are the most reliable.
- Exit out of any apps that require access to your camera or microphone.
Looking Good on Camera
Nailing your video interview starts with looking the part. Dress professionally, style your hair appropriately, and find a well-lit and quiet location where you can be easily seen by the interviewer.
- Position the camera at or slightly above eye level.
- Be mindful of what’s behind you! Tidy your surroundings and ensure nothing unprofessional is on display.
- Project confidence by practicing good posture and open, positive body language. Smile and try not to cross your arms or fidget.
Increase Focus by Minimizing Distractions
Since most virtual interviews are done at home, this increases the potential for interruptions, which might throw you and those evaluating you off.
Stay in the game with these suggestions:
- Let roommates, partners, or or children know when you’re participating in a video interview. Ask them to be quiet and considerate for the duration of it.
- Close doors and windows to reduce noise and prevent pets from entering.
- Silence your phone and turn off any music or television in the background.
What Questions to Expect During Your Video Interview
Now that you’ve taken steps to prepare your environment, it’s time to prep answers to anticipated interview questions. The most common video interview questions include:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why are you interested in this job?
- What is/are your greatest strength(s)?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What makes you the right person for this position?
These are the types of questions that would be asked whether you are interviewing in person or over video. Think of concrete examples you can share from your work, school or volunteer experiences. Be honest, project confidence, express enthusiasm for the position and practice, but make sure not to sound like you’re reading from a script.
With these practical, easy-to-follow tips, you’ll be well-positioned to land a job offer following your video interview. Good luck!