Organizations use video conferencing for several reasons. It reduces travel, saves people time and cuts expenses. In addition, surveys show as many as 90 percent of companies that use video conferencing experience higher productivity and better teamwork.
According to a survey from Futurestep, 71 percent of companies use real-time video interviewing and 50 percent use video interviews as a way to narrow the candidate pool. But if you’ve never been on a video interview before, it can be a little intimidating. So here are 6 tips to alleviate those jitters if you’re asked to participate in a video interview:
- Remember the purpose. It’s still an interview — meaning the goal hasn’t changed just because it’s being conducted using video technology. Yes, you’ll want to do some preparation for the video portion, but don’t forget your interview preparation.
- Practice with the technology. The goal of a video interview isn’t to trip you up, so a good recruiter will give you dial-in instructions in advance. Those instructions should include a Plan B in case of technical challenges. Remember, it’s possible the recruiter might have technical difficulties even if you don’t. Speaking of which …
- Have a Plan B. Debbie Truluck, senior staffing consultant with Colonial Life, says to prepare for the worst (and hope you don’t need to use it.) “Test the equipment to ensure everything is working properly. Download any required software, test the connection and get comfortable using the web camera. Also, have the interviewer’s phone number available in case there’s a technology glitch.”
- Appearances count. Make sure the room is well-lit and has natural light to avoid glare. And consider what’s in the background. If the room is messy, is that the impression you want the interviewer to have of your work? Also, be conscious of any wall art in the background. Make sure it projects the brand image you’re trying to convey.
- Put some thought into your attire. Truluck recommends dressing as you would for a face-to-face interview, head to toe. “Keep your attire simple to avoid distractions to the interviewer. Wear a white shirt with a dark-colored jacket, and women should avoid flashy jewelry.”
- Practice good posture. When you’re sitting up straight, you sound better and you look better on camera. During an interview situation, this helps convey confidence.
Video interviews don’t have to be scary. They do involve a few extra steps but, with a checklist in place, you can ace the preparations and focus on having a great conversation. Which is what an interview is all about — having a great conversation about the company and your skills.