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5 Tips to Get You Ready for Your Next Video Interview

You found the post, submitted your cover letter and resume, followed up appropriately, and now: good news! You’ve been invited to attend a face-to-face interview. But since this is 2016 and your employers would rather skip the cost of flying you in for a personal meeting, they’ve decided to conduct the interview via video chat. Will you be ready? If you’re dealing with this new interview format for the first time, here are a few tips and considerations you’ll want to keep in mind. 

Start planning now. 
Don’t wait until 30 minutes before your session to prepare. Just because you’ll be “meeting” with your employers from home doesn’t mean you can throw on an outfit and be ready to roll with no preparation of any kind. First and foremost, make sure your screen, microphone, speakers and internet connection are all in perfect order well in advance of your session, and make sure you understand and have access to the software your employers will want to use. You may want to play around for a minute with Skype, Google Hangouts, or the conference call program you’ll be working with. 

Arrange your environment. 
Again, start now, since this process may take longer than you expect. Arrange a clear, orderly, or (ideally) blank background behind yourself as you face the camera. Remove clutter and distractions and try to set yourself up so you aren’t backlit by a bright light or window. Are traffic sounds an issue? How about noisy, interrupting pets or children? Set up care for them so they won’t create problems during your meeting. 

Dress nicely.
Dress from head to toe, even if your employers are unlikely to see the back or lower half of your body. You never know when you might need to stand up or move around. Besides, dressing for success can help boost your sense of confidence and preparation in intangible ways. To get the part, dress for the part. 

Gather notes and research. 
Research the company just as you would for an in-person meeting. Prepare for tough questions and challenges just as you would for a traditional interview. The idea of conducting the session at home can make some applicants feel safe and in control, but when the curveball questions start rolling in, the fact that you’re at home won’t help you. 

Practice speaking. 
Speech patterns and body language can have a strong impact on the outcome of a traditional interview, but this impact is elevated even further by a video format. Every lean, twitch, pause and shift will come through loud and clear on the screen. So will a speech pattern that’s rushed or unclear. Train yourself to slow down and articulate every word.  

For more on how to adjust to the new world of video interviewing, reach out to the job search and career management experts at Buckman Enochs Coss and Associates. As a leader in healthcare recruitment, we have recruiters ready to help your job search and get you prepared for your next interview.