Video interviews are becoming an essential part of the hiring process. Since a meeting via video is now typically the step before an in-person interview, it’s important to leave a great impression. Be sure to put your best foot forward with these pointers.
Test the video platform ahead of time
Video platforms often require a plug-in download before launch. Walkthrough how to start and stop your video and computer audio at least the night before. In case an audio or connectivity issue arises, be ready to join via phone. In addition to the video URL link, most video invitations are accompanied by a call-in number.
Minimize Background Distractions
During a video interview, you will want the focus to be on you. If possible, avoid noisy public places, even with headphones there will be background noise. When in your home, set your video up where you will have natural light, and free of clutter and distracting backgrounds from your room or walls. This will allow your interviewer to focus on you, not your surroundings.
If things go wrong
When it comes to technology, there is always a chance something will go wrong. Have a plan in place so you aren’t scrambling and flustered in the middle of the interview. Make sure you have the interviewer’s number before the interview so you can reach them if either your video or audio cuts out.
Interviews are an opportunity to set yourself apart and show off your true self. Coming prepared for a video interview can mean the difference in moving forward or not in the process. Set yourself up for success by ensuring that these three checks are completed before your next call.