Video Interview: 5 Important Tips for Achieving Success

Tips for video interviewWho doesn’t like to save time and money? Today’s hiring managers are using video interviewing for screening job applicants initially. This trend has already caught up with many employers worldwide. One of the biggest benefits of video interviewing is that it allows a recruiter or employer to quickly interview those candidates that live in a different state or country.

Video conferencing has actually revolutionized the recruiting process, at nearly every level. Though the number of employers using video conferencing has become widespread, most jobseekers are hesitant about this new common form of interviewing.

Given below are five important tips that you, as a jobseeker or interviewee; can use to achieve success in a video interview, impress the employer, and increase your chances of employment.

#1. Know How to Use the Equipment

The features of video conferencing equipment vary from one brand to another. Before the video interviewing begins, you need to clearly understand how the conferencing equipment works, how to control its features and how to adjust it for best output. Once you know all these things, you’ll start to feel more confident about using the equipment.

And this confidence will reflect also when your video interview with the hiring manager or the employer begins.

#2. Choose the Right Background

Background selection is an important consideration while getting ready for a video interview. To increase your chances of success, you should choose a background that looks simple and is devoid of any kind of distractions, motions or movements. Remember, the interviewer is interested in you. Therefore, always select a background that stays the hiring manager’s focus on you.

#3. Wear Appropriate Colors

One of the most important tips while attending a video interview is to choose your clothing carefully. When it comes to presenting yourself on screen, the colors that you wear can make a huge difference. Wearing white clothing should be avoided. Instead, you should go for solid colors. At the same time, you should not dress yourself in clothing that has cluttered patterns.

If you are looking for some good clothing ideas, you can turn on your television set, and watch the way news anchors dress themselves.

#4. Follow the Etiquette

No matter what place you have chosen for the video interview, you should always think that you are sitting face-to-face with the interviewer in the interview room, and not your drawing room or bedroom.

Always remember to abide by the key video interview etiquette tips so that you look like a true professional. Avoid slouching, yawning, looking away or waving your hands in the air. During the interview, you should showcase your interest and excitement for the job as well.

#5. Practice Answering Interview Questions

The process of a video interview is the same as that of an in-person interview. You can be sure to be asked the common interview questions. Therefore, it’s advisable to practice answering the frequently asked interview questions in advance. At the same time, you can prepare yourself to ask the interviewer a couple of intelligent questions as well.

Even if you have not attended an interview via video conferencing yet, you should prepare yourself for them. There’s high possibility that you’ll need to face a video interview as you start looking for a new job in the near future. And when you do, you should be geared up to obtain success.

Have you ever been video-interviewed? Please comment.

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Peter is a Senior Managing Consultant at Wenulima Pty, a broad-based consultancy company which specializes in social media, content marketing, hospitality, languages and business management. He's well known as a corporate and personal social media branding strategist. He regularly coaches individuals in key areas like leadership and management.
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Peter is a Senior Managing Consultant at Wenulima Pty, a broad-based consultancy company which specializes in social media, content marketing, hospitality, languages and business management. He's well known as a corporate and personal social media branding strategist. He regularly coaches individuals in key areas like leadership and management.

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