As the coronavirus continues to affect the world, those who are job hunting need to prepare for a dramatically different interviewing environment. Instead of going into an office and meeting with people face-to-face, you should expect to conduct video job interviews for the foreseeable future.
That being said, it’s best to have an understanding of how to effectively conduct a video interview so that you can be confident and wow the interviewers.
Having the correct mentality when taking part in a video interview is important, according to a recent Fast Company article highlighting advice from LinkedIn’s head of career products.
“If you really want the job, make that crystal clear in your ‘thank you’ email after the interview. The same applies if you’re not interested in the role. Finally, be patient if a recruiter or hiring manager is taking longer than usual to get back to you. Hiring requires buy-in and approval from a number of different people,” according to the article. “Without the ability for everyone to physically be in one room to provide feedback and collectively agree, your interviewers may need a bit longer than usual to make a decision.”
Beyond having the right mentality, you should take care of more technical aspects of the job interview via video, including testing your internet connection. “Check your internet connection speed to help ensure your video will come across smoothly. It’s also a good idea to download the virtual meeting tools that are used to conduct interviews, like Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts, which are currently being made available for free test runs,” as noted by Fast Company.
Once you’ve tested your internet connection and meeting platform, it’s crucial that you look the part and have a professional setting to take the call. You should treat the video interview as if you were going into the office. “Doing this will not only help you feel more confident, but it’ll also give a good impression to the person on the other side of the screen,” according to the article. That means dressing as you would for an in-person interview.
Finally, location, location, location. Try and take the call in a neutral, clean area that exudes professionalism. “It’s important to remember that video interviews give a peek into your personal life, so make sure that your space is clean and free of distractions. If possible, keep pets and family members in another room during the interview,” according to the Fast Company article.
With a little preparation, you can ensure you’re set up for success during your video job interviews. In turn, that can help you find the right position for you, no matter what’s happening around the world.