Don’t Wear Stripes, and Other Important Video Interview Tips

Screen shot 2012 06 18 at 8.03.52 PM Don’t Wear Stripes, and Other Important Video Interview TipsEmployers are increasingly looking to video interviews to help them narrow down which candidates they’d like to invite into their office for a second conversation. And, while video interviews are quite similar to in-person interviews, it is important for job seekers to understand the difference between the two – and to prepare properly.

Here’s a short list of pointers to help you to ace the video interview:

Practice! A video introduction is just like an in-person interview where you present yourself to employers and show them your communication skills and personality; but any time you use video you can practice before recording – and there’s always the delete button. If only that were an option in a conference room!

Dress for the job you want. In-person or via video, you need to make a good first impression. For the ladies, too much makeup or jewelry is a no-no. And guys, clean that soup stain off of your tie before hitting “record.” And finally, avoid stripes! On video, they’ll make you look like a Magic Eye painting – and they may distract your interviewer.

Your personality and cultural fit will clinch the job for you. Think about how you can show who you are by talking about accomplishments beyond your resume. Talk slowly and clearly about your previous workplace successes, and make sure that your computer’s microphone is close to your mouth so that there’s no distortion.

Watch your body language, because interviewers will be watching. Sit up straight, no gum, no fidgeting. Make eye contact with the camera, not yourself, to keep a good connection with the interviewer. Do not, under any circumstances, try to surf the Internet while you are speaking to your interviewer – they WILL KNOW.

De-clutter. An interviewer should not be distracted by what’s behind you, whether it be an old Nirvana poster or your Mardi Gras beads from last Spring Break. This also includes noise; make sure you shut off the washing machine and mute the television before you sign online. This should ensure your interviewer’s undivided attention.

Finally, SMILE. A smile helps you to feel relaxed and – believe it or not – relaxes the person you are speaking with.

Happy interviewing! Let us know how it goes.

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