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July 17, 2014
Video Interviews Taking Flight
 

The Internet has increased efficiency and improved communication for many businesses.
 

One way that is happening is through videoconferencing for job interviews. This is not just a global phenomenon when you are hiring someone from across the country; it is also being done for local and statewide job applications.
 

The benefits are many for businesses, but applicants and employers alike need to know how to reap the most rewards from this option.
 

For Applicants

 

While many job applicants are comfortable with technology and even using video for chatting, it can be quite different when conducting a job interview.

Talking to someone with a camera and microphone can be intimidating for the most outgoing and confident person.

However, don't let that scare you away; simply prepare for the process and you can stand out to your potential employer in a good way.

Ways to do this include:

  • Make sure you know how the equipment works. Know where your camera and microphone are located so that you can be seen and heard clearly. Also, make sure you know how to log in to an interview so you aren't late.
  • Treat a videoconference the same as an in-person interview and arrive a few minutes early.
  • Dress as you would for an in-person interview. Make sure you dress from head to toe rather than just from the waist up.
  • If interviewing from home, choose a location with minimal distractions. If you have a home office, that is ideal. At least keep the area behind you blank so that it is not distracting.

The videoconference interview will be conducted in much the same way as an in-person interview.
 

Be prepared to answer the same questions, and look into the camera the same way you would make eye contact if you were face-to-face.
 

Videoconferencing makes job interviews easier for both the employer and applicant.
 

Take advantage of the technology and learn how to use it to its fullest.
 

For Employers

 

Various surveys have shown that anywhere between 50% and 60% of employers have used video conference for a job interview at least once. This number is likely to increase in the future.
 

The biggest benefit for employers is in saving time.
 

Instead of having to travel to a location to interview someone from out of town or arrange for them to come into town, an interview is quick and easy to set up and conduct.
 

Even if they are inviting someone to their office, it can save time in organizing the meeting.
 

Once they find out your availability, they can just send an invite and receive a reminder when it is time for the meeting. They can conduct the interview from anywhere, even at home.
 

This becomes important as more companies are allowing more staff to work from home. In fact, many offices operate exclusively through a virtual workspace.
 

It also allows them to conduct more interviews in a shorter time frame.
 

Another bonus is it makes it easier to accommodate applicants that may have an odd schedule or only be able to meet after hours, which is one reason (as the article Why Videoconference Job Interviews are Good for Everyone says) both applicants and employers should be on board.


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Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including SEO and online business degrees.
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