Video interviewing has become so common these days that it's not altogether inaccurate to call it the new normal. However, despite the widespread use of virtual interviews, there is a scarcity of resources on how to prepare for them. Most interviewing books, blogs, and articles are written for one-on-one or face-to-face interviews, and while they can offer general advice for virtual video interviews, they fall short in key areas so we are here to help!
What is Video Interviewing & Why do Companies use it?
A video interview (also known as one-way, pre-recorded, or on-demand interviews) is when questions are facilitated through technological means, rather than a traditional interview. Perspective hires will be interviewed by recording answers to questions that are predetermined by the company. Video interviews are frequently utilized to speed up the hiring process, remove schedule restrictions, reduce hiring prejudice, and provide candidates greater flexibility during the interview process. Video interviews allow more candidates to explain why they are qualified for a position by allowing interviewers and interviewees to participate on their own time. This standardizes the process so that all candidates are asked the same questions, making the recruiting process more equitable than traditional early-stage interviews.
Preparation is Key!
To be successful in video interviews, one must be thoroughly prepared. You can do this by following these easy steps!
- Know the ins and outs of the position you’re applying for, and understand where it fits into the big picture.
- Recognize the value it brings to the company - if you know this, it will be much easier to explain the value you bring to the position.
- Dress to impress! If you're not sure what amount of formality is required, go easy on the formality. Being overdressed is always preferable to be underdressed.
- Know what's on your resume! You'd be surprised how many job seekers have trouble recalling their previous responsibilities and how they relate to the position they've applied for. You won't be delivering your résumé to an interviewer in a video interview, but you may anticipate being asked questions about your previous employment experience.
- Prepare for unexpected questions! Companies are employing video interview technologies to assess talents and characteristics that a resume cannot. They want to see your personality as well as your ability to communicate and comprehend information. They can gain information into your ability to think and respond quickly in unexpected scenarios by asking bizarre questions.
Other Virtual Interview Tips:
- Speak loudly and clearly. This should be common knowledge but it is especially critical with video interviews because each question only gives you a limited amount of time to react, it's vital to speak clearly and concisely to make the most of your time.
- Concentrate on looking at the camera rather than your own reflection. Looking at oneself while responding might be distracting, so don't be hesitant to break eye contact while pondering your next move.
- Make the most of the preparation time you have. When you're in front of a computer, you have access to not only your resume but also the entire internet. When composing your response, think about referencing company resources.
- Use facial expressions. Smile and show genuine interest in the job you're applying for because your video responses may be seen by more than one recruiter or hiring manager and it's critical to make them as interesting as possible.