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How to prepare for a video interview

One of the benefits of a digital job search is the ability to utilize tech to connect– anytime, anywhere. And when when apps like Facetime can replace face-to-face time, video interviewing is rapidly becoming a mainstay in many organizations’ talent acquisition process. So much so that a 2018 study by Aberdeen Group finds employers say they are 61 per cent more likely to use video at some point in their recruitment efforts.

When you receive a request to interview via video, it’s important to remember to treat the meeting just as you would an in-person sit down. Yet, video also requires candidates to be aware of further behaviours presented by this type of interview. 

Here’s how to prepare for a video interview that will position you as the best fit for the role.

Dress to impress

Even though the meeting is virtual, you still need to dress in the same manner you would if the interview was on site. And that means business attire. Your clothing choice indicates how you professionally present yourself, and wearing appropriate interview attire also demonstrates good judgement. Daria, a Client Services Coordinator with Procom adds, “If you’re doing a Skype interview, don’t skip putting on business pants. You never know what might happen and you might need to stand up during the interview; your pajama pants will definitely not impress the interviewer, no matter how nice your suit jacket is.”

 …Yet avoid white

White appears brighter on camera and could potentially distract as easily as prints or patterns. Instead, choose deeper colours like black or navy.

Choose your surroundings wisely

You should try to avoid public places, yet if you don’t have a home office, choose a quiet space in front of a plain wall somewhere in your home, instead, and make sure it’s devoid of family photos, posters or other distractions. And on a side note,  “Please do not conduct a Skype interview while driving your car,” adds Marnie Pertsinidis, an Account Manager with Procom.

… And draw the shades

Sunlight streaming through your window can be just as distracting as that bright, white shirt. So, draw the blinds for even lighting.

Check your connection 

WIFI is everywhere, but make sure yours is properly connected and the internet is working. Before you’re ready to interview, ensure the area you’re sitting in has a strong signal. 

… and have reference points ready

Just as you would bring in a portfolio or professional examples of your work to an on site interview, have pages ready in your browser tabs or links ready and available to send if requested.

Turn off your phone

Remember, the same interview rules still apply, and turning off your phone demonstrates you respect the interviewer’s time and interest in your application.

… Then take off your accessories 

If you’ve been outside before your interview, do a double take to make sure you don’t have sunglasses resting on top of your head or a scarf still around your neck. Valerie Anderson, a Technical Recruiter with Procom advises, “In order to impress, always put your best foot forward by presenting in a professional manner, dress, demeanor, attitude and by being on time!”

Remember, you don’t get a second chance at making that first impression — no matter how you meet.

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