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April 23, 2012
Tips for a Successful Video Interview
 
It has become more and more common that companies are conducting video interviews. With so much work done outside the office, it makes sense to avoid travelling conflicts and get right down to business. Whether you feel you’re good in interviews or not, there are a number of tactics that are best used in this situation.

Similar to an in-person interview, you still need to look presentable, as well as professional. However, being on a camera, as opposed to in person, means that you are exposed to more distractions and at risk for a host of other issues. So, how do you impress the boss without a solid handshake?

Setting Up The Space
The interview will most likely occur somewhere in your home. If you have a laptop at your disposal, it would be smart to go into your best looking room. While your personal space should have no bearing on whether or not you get the job, it is respectful to be in a clean space, free of clutter or distraction.
  • Find a well-lit space; stay away from windows spewing too much light or dark rooms.
  • Clean the area beforehand, and make sure no one will be coming into view of the camera.
Getting Connected
The difference between having an on-screen interview and one in person is that you have to get the connection set up beforehand. This is critical, as you don’t want to keep the interviewer waiting or make a bad impression by being underprepared.
  • Start setting up the connection 15 minutes before your interview. This gives you ample time to find a problem and fix it.
  • Pay close attention to directions if they have been given to you.
  • Make sure the volume is up and the other side can hear you. It might be smart to do a test run with a friend.
  • Check your Internet connection beforehand, and restart it then if you tend to have a poor signal. You don’t want the interview to be cut in half because your Internet drops out.
During-Interview Manners
While you know your in-person interview manners — hands by your sides, don’t cross your arms, keep from fidgeting — video interview manners differ slightly. While the in-person interview rules still apply, you now have to account for where you are and the technology being used.
  • Make sure that no other programs are open. You don’t need someone G-chatting you in the middle of the interview.
  • Look at the camera, not yourself or the screen. This is essentially looking the person in the eye, which is important for any successful interview.
  • Don’t answer the phone or door. No matter what, you have to pretend you aren’t there, just as would be the case if you were in person.
Having a video interview is very similar to an in-person meeting; however, it involves much more thought. It’s important that you prepare the space, get in the right mindset, and keep all environmental distractions at bay. This includes people, phones, and pets. If you prepare well, you can be certain to impress. 

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Jessica Sanders is an avid small business writer touching on topics from social media to merchant services. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including background checks for lead generation resource Resource Nation.


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