Web-based job video interviews are on the rise, making it more important than ever for candidates to interview comfortably over the web.
Hiring managers from the world's leading businesses continue to stress how important it is for candidates to perform well during a video interview, and share the same key tips to getting it right.
As companies are increasingly evolving to global operations, talent sourcing continues to transcend the national boundaries. Social media and technologies offer a clear benefit to both recruiters and clients when interviewing internationally mobile candidates.
Six top tips for successful job video interviews:
1. Dress for success - Dressing in the same way as you would a face-to-face interview will put you in the right frame of mind for your interview, plus it will negate any embarrassment if you need to move mid-interview. Dark colours are typically best, and avoid stark white as well as overly busy patterns. High gloss lips and glittery jewellery can also be distracting.
2. Act as if you engaged with your interviewer - Looking into the camera, rather than your image on the screen will help you look as engaged as possible, giving the impression that you are looking into the interviewer’s eyes. While you’ll want to keep your posture straight, leaning forward toward the camera slightly can increase eye contact and allow the interviewer better read your facial expressions.
3. Consider the setting for your interview - Make sure your interview space is distraction free and mirrors a business setting, keeping to a blank or neutral background. Before you start, test the angle of your lighting to avoid being shrouded in shadow and to make sure it’s flattering on your skin tone.
4. Be careful reading from notes - Notes can be particularly handy in a video interview, but if you use them, you’ll need to make sure your reference to them is extremely subtle. Reading notes or sounding too rehearsed will disrupt the natural flow of conversation, making you look under-prepared.
5. Anticipate technical issues - Remember to test your equipment well in advance, follow very carefully the instructions given for setting up your webcam and microphone and use any practice interview area over and over to make sure your equipments are operating well.
6. Finish on the right tune – In video interview, once you finish your answer for a question, you’ll need to say “Thank You” as this is very important sign to make the interviewer understand that your answer is completed.
Other things to consider;
Body language – centring yourself a medium distance away from the camera, keeping the upper halves of your arms showing as well as allowing for some free space above your head will allow the interviewer to best read your body language.
Interruptions – inform those around you of the interview so you are not disturbed.
Microphone – Make sure it is set on a full caption level. To find the setting click Star > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > change system sound > Recording > Microphone > Properties > Level then make sure the level of microphone is 100 and microphone boost is 0.00 .